Black and White or Color?

Black and white - snowy day

Which do you prefer?

color - snowy day

It was a beautiful snowy day,

black and white - 3

whether captured in black and white

color - snowy day 3

or color.

black and white - snowy day 4

Sometimes there are very subtle differences.

color - snowy day 4

Not long ago, we had to buy either black and white or color film. We were committed to the results. Now with digital photography we can work magic with our camera’s software or by using programs such as PicMonkey. 

Do you edit your photos?

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All photographs were taken with a Sony Nex-3N DSLR and edited in PicMonkey.

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  1. The first and third, I much prefer the color photo. And the second one I prefer the black and white; the color of the leaves is too distracting and I don’t look at the rest of the photo. Really like that first shot.

    Do I edit my photos? Yes, all the time. But 95% of the time it’s cropping. Once in a while I’ll play with the levels in Photoshop. Once in a while I’ll monkey with the contrast. I rarely alter the color unless I’m getting funky with it on purpose. I literally live with a nice Canon point and shoot camera in my purse at all times. For my purposeful shooting, I break out my Canon 50D. Absolutely love it, especially with the one professional lens (L series) that I own. Pure bliss!

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  2. I always like the black and white. It just offers such an classic look to the images and appears artistic to me. Love digital cameras as they can do so much more now.

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  3. Fabulous photos – in both versions! The colours capture me, I admit, because of their subtlety. But greyscale is good too.

    I usually don’t edit the photos I take other than a little straightening, cropping and re-sizing as needed for whatever purpose I have in mind. Sometimes I have to adjust the curves to bring out detail in shadows and restore what the ‘eye sees’ as opposed to what my camera’s CCD picked up. Still, it’s simply amazing how the digital revolution has transformed photography…and yet still kept it an ‘art’..

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    1. I got into a discussion about that in an airport with a professional photographer. He was very defensive about what was considered art. I plan to blog about our conversation.
      These days no one should put up with a crooked photo!
      Thanks so much Matthew!

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  4. Susie, great shots. I like the BW of the pergola/snow, the color shot of the trees overlooking the lake and the subtle color of the bird landing on the lake. I’ve been a big user of PicMonkey for quite some time now. It does a pretty decent editing job when you want to do so quickly — for free.

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  5. I like the option of being able to change from black and white. Some pics just look better in b&w. I use Picmonkey a lot, but mostly for cropping. Love your photos, especially the one with the autumn leaves. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Coleen! And thank you for your introduction to PicMonkey. I bought the annual deal so I can use all of its fun edits.
      I agree about black and white. It is fun to be able to push a button and instantly see if it’s the effect I was looking for.

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  6. Well, I’m a color girl. I guess I don’t appreciate the beauty of images in black and white or sepia when I know how much prettier everything is in color.

    Gorgeous photos, Susie.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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  7. Susie, sorry for not being around .. here, had some healthy problems, not able to sit, walk or lay – feeling much better now, the medicine works. I love our world when it’s colorful .. and I think they are all very good, but I prefer them in color – specially the top one, because it’s so beautiful and the softness of the snow disappear in B&W and it become bold and dramatic, when the photo is very romantic. Second photo the same .. and with the strong colors on the leaves .. give the photo a depth, in B&W it looks like another photo. Last one .. blue give a delightful softness to the photo and gives it same drama which there is in the photo. Excellent job, Susie. You and your camera is a great team and I love how you have played around with your photos.

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      1. Susie, the medicine is working .. so I feel a lot better and posted my biggest post for a long time today, so the hunger is back.
        I will take it easy … just like you are doing.
        How is your “new friends” feeling ????

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  8. I tend to lean on colour for a lot of situations. I do edit my photos and generally no more than 5-10 min. per photo.

    Clearly you are a Hallowe’en fan/goul.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jean!
      As I learn more about photography, I find exploring the black and white image interesting. Living out here in the west, the colors can be amazing!
      I am a Hallowe’en fan/goul! How did you guess! 🙂 I am hoping to post some creepy cemetery photos later today!

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