Black and White Sunday – After and Before

I have deliberately chosen an image with strong colour but also simple, strong elements…so which will win out?

Here is the after:

…and here the before:

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47 comments

  1. I can’t choose. Both are striking in their own way.

  2. Nice comparison….. I think the shadows in the doorway and window on the colour version adds to the mood. 🙂

  3. If I had only seen the B&W, I would be happy enough. But the colour shot has so much on offer, I do prefer that one.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. The B&W version is simply moving in its simplicity…but the coloured one is ….alive!

  5. Another vote for color 🙂 I love the blue door.

  6. Very interesting. I love b&w photography but in this instance I favour the colour photograph. The colour feels important somehow, as though its absence from the first photograph leaves the image lacking. I’m especially drawn to the blue of the door.

  7. I find the B&W more satisfying because I can take the whole image in without distraction. My eyes keep flicking between the tree and the door with the colour version.
    Just my way of looking at images with my inner eye, 🙂

  8. I think they are both great and if they weren’t on the same page, who would even care? 🙂 But I have to go with the color…or maybe…no, I’m sticking with the color.

    janet

  9. As I may have noted before, I see and notice more when the photo is monochrome — the details, the composition, even the hint of a story. With the colour option I take less time, the effect is more instantaneous, more impressionistic.

    Do I see things in b&w then, when I look out at, say, a garden? No, I tend to skim and scan and then focus: the colour doesn’t overwhelm. But with a 2D colour photo I probably feel restricted by the frame, like a glimpse through a window. To truly aporeciate a view I need to go outside and experience the context. And take time to do so.

    Maybe it’s a lifetime of mostly seeing monochrome photos — in albums, in newspapers and magazines — that has conditioned me to see them as superior line drawings. With the ubiquity of colour images that we’ve now grown accustomed to I think my eyes must just see random blocks of colour.

    Sorry, this has turned into a bit of an essay. Well, you did ask!

  10. As I may have noted before, I see and notice more when the photo is monochrome — the details, the composition, even the hint of a story. With the colour option I take less time, the effect is more instantaneous, more impressionistic.

    Do I see things in b&w then, when I look out at, say, a garden? No, I tend to skim and scan and then focus: the colour doesn’t overwhelm. But with a 2D colour photo I probably feel restricted by the frame, like a glimpse through a window. To truly aporeciate a view I need to go outside and experience the context. And take time to do so.

  11. Both are excellent, but the color version would definitely be the winner if I were to choose.

  12. That pop of red in the tree is delightful but you made a good choice for the comparison, Sue, because the strong bones make a good case for b/w as well. My favourite … not sure.

  13. I them both actually, but if I had to choose, I’d prefer the color this time.

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  15. You are an artist! The colour version is so pretty and the monochrome one is wonderful with its simple and strong composition. Both are wonderful actually!

  16. Strong shapes and oddly, for me who as you well know loves blue doors, I prefer the black and white image. The wood and the plaster looks more defined though of course you lose the red flowers.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Jude! I love monochrome for the way it allows you to focus on shapes, textures, light….. and this image seemed a good one to use, as there is no define best choice!

  17. I love black and white photography, but for me the color excels in this one–perhaps because it offers more contrast.

  18. Reblogged this on Survivors Blog Here and commented:
    black and white…vs color.

  19. Technically (and who am I to talk technicalities? 🙂 🙂 ) I think the black and white makes a stronger impact, but my heart always sings colour.

  20. A tough choice, maybe colour because of the – bougainvillea?

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