Monday, July 27, 2009

To Color or to Black and White?

If you've been following my blog for a while then you might remember this image that I captured in Buenos Aires last year.

hay milonga de amor

Well, after a year of loving it in black and white, I decided to play with it a bit again.

When I took the photo I immediately saw it in shades of gray and it did not occur to me that it might be great in color. That happens to me a lot...I take a photo and I either see it in color or I see it in black and white. Seldom do I think that it might be meaningful or moving both ways. When I look through my viewfinder, the end result usually jumps right into my head. When I shot film this happened too...I would be shooting a roll of color and I would think to myself that wouldn't it be perfect to get this in black and white or vice versa. With digital I can try both and this is great for me since while I do tend to have that initial gut reaction - to color or to black and white - I happen to be a terribly indecisive person so it's helpful to be able to go back and make that change...

Here's my attempt at color after a year of looking at him in black and white.

What do you think?

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

and this version too...

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Today's Soundtrack:
The Scientist - Natasha Bedingfield
I've never heard this version but isn't it lovely? I really love the song and I like her interpretation. When Chris Martin sings it it breaks my heart and I feel like it is even more heart-wrenching to hear a woman sing it. Almost like the feelings she is singing about are more painful. Still I like Coldplay's original better but this is just...different. Not sure what you think...

Happy Monday!

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19 comments:

Lili said...

The black and white is much better! The high contrast bring out more details to the face and gives a unique character to this man. I feel the exposure is different in the color version and those details tend to disappear.

Couture Carrie said...

Love all three versions, darling... but I have to agree with Lili that the B&W is best! More expressive and has a timeless quality.

xoxox,
CC

Carlotta said...

love the b/w is very intense I'd choose that one :))

Lady P said...

i was all set to jump right in and say B&W
but, then I looked again
and I like the color version as well
in speaks to me, and in a different way
yikes! I vote for both

Dream Sequins said...

I like the first color version...

Nadine @ BDG said...

I vote b/w since it seems to transcend its time period. It looks like a film still.

TheBeautyFile said...

love love love the black & white print of this!

valerie said...

black and white all the way! It has much more of an impact. Those are my 2 cents! xo

Hanako66 said...

they are all beautiful, but the black and white is so special

drollgirl said...

don't shoot me (wait: go ahead and shoot me!!!), but i like the b&w best! :)

The Lil Bee said...

They are all interesting, but I like the B&W the best because it gives his face a grimy effect that I think suits him...if that makes sense?...just very real to me in black and white.

Natasha's voice is so pretty on this song.

Brunch at Saks said...

Oh I love this post! The B&W is my favorite by the color ones are fabulous too! :) XOXO

Brunch at Saks said...

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Keith said...

I like it in color, but I do prefer it in b&w. Hope your week has started off well.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I love the B&W the most...but they are all gorgeous. Such a great shot!

kelly said...

i was just having the same discussion with the missy who commented above me..

since u know im in VN i've been kinda picking tones that are more antique ...aged...or even black and whites... because where i am at..anyways...just random.

regarding your photo...i like the b&w. theres more depth and a greater story behind him...when its b&w.

either way great photo...but i love it in the b&w.

Gabby said...

New to your blog and loving it...and wow, I just listened to that Coldplay cover and it made me cry! I love both versions, but her voice just hit something in me.

Hélio said...

you know what i think? it's too easy to make a photo look good in b&w. so i always try to make it look good colorful first. if it doesn't work i take off saturation.

i think this one could be great colorful, but i would process it in a different way: basically, i would preserve the contrast and clarity you used in the b&w version and would take off a little bit of the saturation to make a good skin color.

but this is just a matter of taste. yours look great. the most important thing you got there: it's a great picture anyway and, because the composition and the subject are so great, you made the coloring here just a minor detail...
congratulations!

Chessa! said...

hi, Helio. thanks for visiting and for your insight. truth be told, I think every one has a different technique qhen shooting digital as to whether they prefer color or black and white. when I shoot digital it's always in color but I often "see" in black and white even though my settings tell me something different. I'm not sure that I agree that it's "too easy" to make a photo look good in b&w...it's just a matter of taste (like you say) and style, of course. for this image in particular it just seemed so timeless wihtout color and there was something so profound about his face and expression that black and white made it more raw.