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    B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    Sometimes I go over a picture I cannot decide.
    Here is an example:
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    B&W, or  not B&W: that is the question

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    B&W, or  not B&W: that is the question

    What is your opinion? B&W, or not B&W?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Re: B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    I can't decide either. One sunlit, the other moonlit.

    Possibly less cloud distortion around the sun in B&W?

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    Re: B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    How did you see the final image in your mind at the moment you pressed the shutter?

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    Re: B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    Hi Andrea,
    this one's easy for me; Colour

    Regards
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    Re: B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    Hi Andrea,

    I think the mono has more punch, but I tried a test edit and you can apply that to the colour one too.

    I duplicated the layer, brought the output levels down to 230 and up to 5 and raised input grey level to 1.2, then applied a USM of 50% and 250px radius.

    This blew the sun even more, so I erased the sun from the top layer revealing your original through from underneath.

    I confess also did the same with the signature, since being white text on a dark background, it really grabbed the attention, I also burned it down some to further lessen its impact. If mine, I'd remove it completely, as it's yours and I'm not claiming it as mine, I left it visible.

    Let me know if you'd like to see it.

    Cheers,

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    Re: B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    How did you see the final image in your mind at the moment you pressed the shutter?
    Dear Donald,

    this is the origin of the dilemma. My original idea was B&W, but when I started developing it my wife said that the colour version was also nice . I must admit that it is so.

    Cheers
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    Re: B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    Dear Dave,

    thanks for the suggestions. I'll try them and post back the results.
    Yes I would like to see your interpretation.

    Cheers
    A.
    Last edited by kris; 27th November 2012 at 07:09 PM.

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    Re: B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    Quote Originally Posted by kris View Post
    this is the origin of the dilemma. My original idea was B&W,
    Stick with your vision. You took the photograph to make a B & W image.

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    Re: B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    Dear Donald, Dave, Geoff and John

    thanks for your feedback. I think finally I like more the B&W version, but it is my way of seeing it.
    Here are the new version with the Dave's suggestions. Well almost because I changed a little the blending and the
    opacity, and added some mask. I also added a frame.

    B&W, or  not B&W: that is the question

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    B&W, or  not B&W: that is the question

    Cheers
    A.

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    Re: B&W, or not B&W: that is the question

    I like the B&W very much, more so than the color version(although that one is nice also). Well done.

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