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« on: November 10, 2012, 12:19:45 AM »
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I captured this one last winter and am having a hard time deciding between color or B&W... im leaning toward B&W but thought id ask for opinions. thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2012, 12:27:16 AM »
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If I had to choose between the two I'd go with the B&W.

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2012, 02:39:02 AM »
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It's a tight call...but for me the the essentially cloudless sky can be handled/processed better in mono and the foreground you have looks very nice in mono as well.

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2012, 07:11:16 AM »
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I like the B&W better.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2012, 07:33:52 AM »
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Color if you ad a little saturation to the greens while tinting them towards the blue, just a touch.
B&W otherwise Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2012, 07:35:06 AM »
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I too like the B&W version better but wonder if you could go back into your channels and reowrk some of the greens and yellows to make them snap a bit more against the backdrop and in the log, against the darker parts. Just a thought.
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2012, 08:15:44 AM »
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I'd take the Black and White Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2012, 10:47:58 AM »
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A Magnificent shot in B/W.  Congratulations!

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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2012, 12:46:12 PM »
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I really like them both, I love B&W photos, but, this time I think as is, the color photo seems to me to have a very slightly better apparent separation between the top of the mountain and the sky than the B&W version. I kind of like the top half in color and the bottom half in monochrome. How about processing the files as a cyanotype?

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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2012, 12:55:48 PM »
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On this edit, I played a bit with the yellow and red sliders and did a selection on the bottom half of the image and gave it a bit of a punch.
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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2012, 01:29:15 PM »
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If I had to choose between the two I'd go with the B&W.

Mike.

I don't understand guys why choose the B&W?
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2012, 01:42:40 PM »
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Chrisc's version seems to give a good bit more presents to the stump and helps with the river ice leading the eye into the scene. Very good. This version wins.

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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2012, 03:57:21 PM »
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As a long time 4x5 zone system photographer, I grew up on B&W and love the almost tactile sense of a finely printed image that seems to want to draw you deep into the paper. Unfortunately, I have rarely seen that from digital B&W. While I know good digital B&W is possible and completely understand the artistic value of B&W, most of the digital B&W I've seen just looks like a color photograph with the color removed. This photograph looks pretty good in B&W but I would work with the color version a good deal more first.

I used to hate printing color in my darkroom but I really enjoy printing digital color. On the other hand I much prefer printing B&W in the darkroom. It's just fun. Maybe it's the smell of acetic acid and the faint orange glow. 
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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2012, 04:32:48 PM »
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I like both, but incline towards the color. My only (and small) problem with the B&W is that it wasn't immediately clear to me what the thing at the front is. I wondered for a microsecond if it was a crocodile (far from home). The edited version improves this.
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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2012, 05:10:55 PM »
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Thanks for all the input. When i processed this image for B&W I was focused on bringing out the texture of the stump, snow and ice in the foreground. To me it appeared a bit muddy and was in need of some attention. Maybe its personal preference but the thing I like most about the B&W version is the textures that are amplified compared to the color version. otherwise the image seems to be lacking contrast.
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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2012, 04:47:58 AM »
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Why make a decision as to what is "best"? Enjoy both of them. One doesn't have to be better than the other.  Smiley
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