Continuing my little foray in to B/W versus colour, here are a couple of detail shots of the Alcazar. They were of limited colour to start with, so I thought a suitable case for treatment. What are your thoughts?
Architectural laces are beautiful !
22 Oct 2009 9:40am
Je préfère les versions colorées! ...ça adoucit l'impact du temps et de ses ravages ...
Bonne journée lumineuse!
22 Oct 2009 9:58am
It is interesting to see both sets..but since all humans are different..if I can understand the french I am pleased to say I disagree with 'thami' and will opt for the black and white version!
[Thanks for your little poem yesterday by the way...I still can not make comments on my photos while I'm at work which I am now since I'm not allowed to change to Firefox..which is probably just as well since I am supposed to be working (apparently). I enjoyed the poem as did others!]
22 Oct 2009 10:17am
@MrsAmber: Tut Tut Mrs A, don't your employers realise Firefox is the choice of professionals everywhere. Would you like me to have a word with them? ;)
I'll be opting for the black and white too, but you know me.
22 Oct 2009 10:37am
In my opinion black&white is more interesting.
22 Oct 2009 12:47pm
Well I think in B and W for the two too, because here the colors are not expresive informations...I very like the first one, Grouser, for the lines and their repetition, as history...
Have a nice day.
22 Oct 2009 1:16pm
THIS ACHITECTURE IS JUST LIKE OUR OLD ACHITECTURE
I dont see the clouds here in these photos
it seems u leave them
22 Oct 2009 1:40pm
@alireza: They will be back
22 Oct 2009 1:41pm
I loved Alcazar. I vote for the color shots, as the color is very soft anyway, and does not distract from the ornate patterns. But then, I pretty much always go for color. ;-)
22 Oct 2009 2:06pm
yes -- i agree -- limited color is a perfect reason to switch to b/w. i wish i could see these bigger -- will you post them separately in mono? :)
22 Oct 2009 2:21pm
@dj.tigersprout: Thanks DJ. No, too many pictures not enough time is the answer. My own feeling about these two sets of pictures after considering them for a while is that the one on the left is not enhanced by loosing the colour therefore there is no reason to eliminate it, whereas in the one on the right the scattered patches of colour distract the eye from the centre of interest and therefore the B/W works better.
hmm -- i think i prefer the one on the left over the one on the right. the composition is much stronger. as for b/w thoughts -- i think the one on the left would be amazing if you applied a duotone or tritone to it... it has a very strong atmosphere and mood of reverence -- and amazing textural detail to boot!
22 Oct 2009 2:35pm
@dj.tigersprout: A debate that could run and run ;) It's quite delightful that in both of the B/W Colour postings I have put up so far there have been no clear winners. I have another in the pipeline. It should emerge around Monday.
I feel very strongly both ways! best...jerry
22 Oct 2009 2:55pm
@ordinaryimages: Nice to have clarity ;)
Very cool collage ! Great details in each picture .
22 Oct 2009 3:16pm
I prefer the black and white version on the left image; and color on the right image. I think, for me, it's directly related to how important the color is in the image. Personal preference is so subjective and unprovable! :-)
22 Oct 2009 3:30pm
@Don: Nicely put ;)
bw for me...great colors too@!
22 Oct 2009 3:39pm
i think the tonal range in these pics is more important than the actual colors, since the colors were already very limited to start with. b&w is the choice to go with, IMHO! :)
22 Oct 2009 4:12pm
I prefer it in bw, but that’s me.
22 Oct 2009 4:36pm
Good evening, Grouser,
I personally like better color photos. But in this case, you should take the two black and white photos. It looks better and expresses more. Dear greetings Christel
22 Oct 2009 6:51pm
Interesting discussion. For me, I prefer the colour for the left photo - the mono version does not show the artist's choice of only colouring part of the arch. The mono version of the right hand photo seems to bring out more contrast than the colour version, and for me has more impact.
22 Oct 2009 7:38pm
I was prepared to like the B&W, but for these images I think the lovely tile work
and its subtle pattern and color, shows off to advantage in color, but is diminished in the B&W versions.
It's fun to get to vote...thanks.
22 Oct 2009 7:48pm
In this case I favour the colour. Much of the finer detail seems to be lost in the monochromes.
22 Oct 2009 7:54pm
I like the B&W better. The interesting things in these images are the shapes and patterns. There isn't overwhelming color to begin with, so I think you should just leave it out. The colors just detract from the best part of both the images.
22 Oct 2009 8:08pm
beautiful grouser. the b&w looks flatter and shows the architecture better. but really, both are nice. sometimes, i like to change a photo to B&W then "fade" it until the hint of color returns. it's fun to play that way.
22 Oct 2009 9:33pm
My personal preference is the BW version, I guess you knew that already. But certainly colour has it's own place too.
22 Oct 2009 10:42pm
It always is a question of light, of course. In luminous days, as they are normally in Sevilla, the colors are so different... Here I thin it's better to use the b/w, in my opinion.
23 Oct 2009 10:05am
@Paco Díaz: This was a day of contrasts, different from moment to moment. These were shot in overcast conditions. However take a look at the next picture (tomorrows) shot only a short time later. The changing light multiplied the photo opportunities.
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