AFTER AND BEFORE: COLOR VS. BLACK & WHITE

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: AFTER AND BEFORE Y1-02


I thought I would give you two, one from last week and a new one from this week. It has been a good week for photography.

Perspective!
Perspective!

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The bridge over the Blackstone in Rhode Island
The bridge over the Blackstone in Rhode Island

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The first two pictures, there is little difference between the two pictures. In color and black & white, it’s pretty much the same. But in the second set of pictures, there’s a big difference. The color shows less of the reflections in the water. There’s a crispness in the black and white that is less obvious in color.

Is one better than the other? Maybe. Then again, maybe they are just different and it’s a matter of what you are looking for.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.

17 thoughts on “AFTER AND BEFORE: COLOR VS. BLACK & WHITE”

    1. That’s why i say it’s a matter of taste. I don’t like b&w for flowers or birds or other things where color is really critical. I do like it for other things, especially portraits. Sometimes a black & white portrait says things that are entirely missing in color. It’s all about taste and it doesn’t matter what you like. Just love whatever it is πŸ˜€

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    1. I think the first works better in color simply because that’s what the mouse is about. The second is more interesting. I didn’t expect it to look like much in black & white, but it did. Funny how I can’t always tell.

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  1. I prefer the coloured pictures. The richness of the wood table, the amazing mouse, the computer, the shading, all very appealing to me. I find that the black and white photos always giving me a sense of being lost in time rather than the here and now.
    Leslie

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    1. Cee, I agree.

      The second picture (pond and bridge) captures all the elements and adds B&W atmosphere. “A Place In The Sun” atmosphere.

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    2. I think I’m with you on both. I like the color version on the first one simply because that mouse is all about color. But the black and white in the second one has all kinds of mood and texture stuff going on. I was surprised, honestly, at how much showed up in black and white. I didn’t even do anything complicated. It was just the difference between color and monochrome.

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  2. These are very nice pictures, the colour alteration drastically changes the atmosphere, especially on the river πŸ˜€

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