Saturday, September 06, 2008

A COLOURFUL PARTY IN THE PARK

For ABC Wednesday I posted this shot as a monochrome, a black and white shot. This was the original image, before I desaturated the colour. Which though is the better image?

The black and white one is a classic ground eye shot. I said this before but it's the kind you see in
Sunday supplements and music mags. You tend to notice that certain shots are favoured for different concepts and mediums. This version is in it's natural state, which is already quite bright and rich in colour. You wouldn't see this image though. If this image was used the colours would all be bumped up, saturated, very artificial. No individual colours would be picked out the image it would be saturated en mass. The grass would have a yellow hue, the sky a richer blue and certainly the guy with the pale pink shirt would find he was now sporting a hot pink shirt. To me this already has a vivid enough hue anyway, but that's' just the way it is. Take a look at your Sunday supplements this weekend. None of the colours will be natural.

Personally I prefer the monochrome. It's timeless as well as retro. It emphasises the foreground blur and has more depth. On the other hand the colour here draws you to the bareback skin tones, the green bag and of course the pink shirt. The image feels more complete as a b&w whereas the colour feels disjointed and will eventually date the image. B&w images have a longer shelf life, but aren't always the best version of the image.

So on a personal note what do you prefer? No right or wrong answer, it's personal taste. It's just to give you an idea of how one image can have two identities and how the market place uses them. I haven't even commissioned the colour one, it's gathering virtual dust, just the black and white which I put for tender. It's sells and I know it would always outsell the colour if I chose to offer for use.

It's been a crap day here. Confined indoors due to the weather. The internet has been a nightmare again, so my absence may have been noted. Apologises for negelecting blogger duties. Gary is in the zone at the moment. Sarah Palin, I have news for you. You are a godsend to the political cartoonist! I think he will have to tone down the sketches he has at the moment. It must be amusing to our American Friends out there, that in the backwater of nowhere known as Ramsey, Isle of Man, your electioneering is followed so closely, it pays ours bills.

28 comments:

Team Splashi said...

You have nice photos @ your blog.

Julie said...

This is such a busy image with such a wide foreground. I do like the blurry grass at the beginning of the B&W and had not even noticed the bare backs in the coloured version until you pointed them out.

It is not an image I would even have considered for desaturating (new concept for moi) because of the multitude of elements within it. For that reason alone, I think that the colour version works better.

Lawdy, this feels like selling coal to Newcastle!

Virginia said...

Well I think it's pretty funny that the duffers are offering opinions to the professional, but let me just bust up in here and say my piece-Ha. I am going with the BW. Timeless is a good word B. BTW, I would dearly love to see Gary's latest work on Debbie Reynolds, I mean Sarah Palin. Guess my blog visits will drop to zero on that comment. I think I have been hanging around this blog too long. I am starting to give my opinion at the drop of a hat. Not that I wasn't famous for that already! I loved your Skywatch photo yesterday but there were sooooo many comments I decided to stick mine in here. Cheers! V

Eki Akhwan said...

The very low angle and the people sitting on the foreground make a nice lead to the stage at the background. Well calculated and nice composition, B.

Small City Scenes said...

I will preface this with--I like B&W, I even do Scratch Art which is B&W but I do like your pic in color. It just make me feel good. MB

Rinkly Rimes said...

I am very interested in your Ramsey photos as I have a great friend who lives in a converted warehouse/bar/something-or-other overlooking the river. We visited her some years ago and she drove us all over the island.We loved it. But that was in a good summer!

Louis la Vache said...

Very interesting contrast. "Louis" votes for the monochrome.

chennaidailyfoto said...

love the DoF in this scene ...

Jackie said...

I think I prefer the B&W too. Maybe that's because I'm too culturally inculcated (I think that's a word!) and have read too many Sunday supplements and so the B&W is more familiar.

I hope your internet gremlins sort themselves out soon!

Saretta said...

I prefer the color...I find it draws my eye in more deeply into the photo. The B&W was nice, but I found it less interesting.

Aileni said...

It is a nice colour shot... and that is, frankly, it.
You are right, the mono will last. See how much better the foreground shows up.
I am hoping to get Monochrome Monday running but I have to set out the 'rules' in the post.

dan said...

I can't decide. The colour one is so clear. The mono so classic. The mono, it will last forever. I think?

Meead S. said...

You took a nice and different photo.

Hilda said...

Personally, I prefer the color because I love the blue of the sky. But I understand why the b&w would be considered more of a classic.

si said...

Black and white images never date. It is classic image, either version

syel said...

very nice perspective!

Joy said...

I'm a fan of b&w, but this is the version I prefer. I can feel the vibe and energy. Great shot!

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Kitty said...

I think the color version is better, but the colors need tweaking.

It's on the magenta side, I think. Both the grass and sky have too much magenta.

interesting thing to post the same photo two ways!

Knoxville Girl said...

As you say, they both have their charms. And they look 3D to me. How can that be? maybe I ought to cut back on the JD.
Did not mean to rhyme, sorry.

Sharon said...

I love seeing the contrast between the two photos, but I'm a color girl all the way.

laxeylass said...

I don't see magenta. I see sharp green and blue.In fact there is no purple/magenta at all in the photo. I think your screen needs calibrating properly Kitty. Your white balance sounds out of whack.

I prefer this colour one to the black and white.It's clean and sharp.I prefer colour photos anyway. It's tac sharp and the colours are well balanced.

BRAD, BOSTON said...

LB,

Photographers always say black and white don't they? I'd go with the colour. It has got a 3D effect. How do you get that. Yeah colour for me it's so prefect.

ken mac said...

great angle and color! Who played at the concert?

angela said...

I see and understand what you're saying about the B&W but I'm addicted to colour.
Intellectually it's BW all the way but, you know, I still would pick the colour..
Re. your comment of ages ago I'd love to look at your Nice photos if they're online...

Ward and June said...

Just because of the great color in the sky I would choose the color shot but I too love the monochrome for lots of shots.

Mo said...

For me the B&W without a doubt. It is the more powerful image.

David said...

By taking the photo from that angle the life we live gets a new perspective. Nice!

Becky said...

I think I prefer it in b/w. Interesting to see it both ways, however. Thanks.

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