From Paula: Once a month on a Sunday (usually the last one in a month) I post a combined photo challenge theme for Black & White Sunday. It is called AFTER and BEFORE and it invites you to post the same ย image in black & white, and colour.

My choice for black and white are typically high-contrast and/or high texture. Architecture, urban landscape and anything with a lot of texture works well for me. Also head and shoulders portraits which I think are beautiful in monochrome. In this case, I used swans against dark water. To be fair, the swans are almost black and white even in color, so it isn’t a stretch converting them. I used a sepia toner to soften the monochrome.




12 thoughts on “MONOCHROME OR COLOR

  1. eklastic May 28, 2017 / 7:01 am

    I definitely prefer the colour photo. Since the swan in the dark water is almost monochrome the bright orange beak almost looks like selective colouring.


  2. lwbut May 28, 2017 / 7:20 am

    You may or may not know, but here in my native (OK – Adoptive) country our swans come ready built in ‘negative’ – they are all black and only have white on the underside of their wings, which you can’t see when they are folded.

    Strangely though, their beaks are just the same shade of red! ๐Ÿ™‚



    • Marilyn Armstrong May 28, 2017 / 9:22 am

      I think they are all related to the original swans back in England. I know ours were brought over here from England a few hundred years ago and I think we have a few of the black ones, too. I think the black ones are interesting and wish we had some here!


  3. Garry Armstrong May 28, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    “The Black Swan” (’47-Fox) Tyrone Power, George Sanders.


  4. Paula May 28, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    A little lipstick always goes a long way! ๐Ÿ™‚ That one looks like selective colouring. I love both, Marilyn. Thank you.


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