Does it work? C&C please ...

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cplittleton
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Does it work? C&C please ...
Apr 12, 2013

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I took the image below this past weekend.  When I looked at the color version, it didn't do much for me, so I hit the B&W conversion button in my RAW converter for fun.  I liked what I got enough to refine it a bit, but I'm struggling with why I like the B&W when the color shot is a dud.  So ... help me out ... please provide your feedback - do you like it or not & why?

Death Valley NP

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In reply to cplittleton, Apr 12, 2013

Looks good.. seems to contain a vast  scale of gray tones.. would have liked to see the original colour photo too.

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In reply to mallbuedel, Apr 12, 2013

Thanks for the input.

Here's the original.  I did some post processing and improved this (color) version, but I still prefer the B&W.  I think part of my issue with the color version is that it would need a severe crop to lose the monochromatic tan rocks in the foreground, while the B&W accentuates the shadows / detail in this area giving the foreground some life.

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In reply to mallbuedel, Apr 12, 2013

it does it for me definately, i love the range of tones you have here, and the textures are to die for, its a very good conversion.

dont worry that it works in monochrome and not in colour, it matters not, there are plenty of colour images that wont cross over into monochrome.

enjoy this image for what it is, a wonderful monochrome vista.

very well done and well seen.

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In reply to meagre offerings, Apr 12, 2013

Thanks for the kind words.  This was my first trip to Death Valley NP and I discovered that it is a very special place for photography despite the name.

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In reply to cplittleton, Apr 13, 2013

Been there, shot that. Artists drive? There is only so much to be done with dirt. I found the black and whites looked best in higher contrast. Time of day is critical. One can't always pick the best light on a vacation schedule. This shot could probably show some more drama if the sun was lower casting shadows and the Color shot enhanced by the reddish light of a sunset.

Amazing how big Death Valley is. Long haul from one end to the other.

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In reply to cplittleton, Apr 14, 2013

I much prefer the b&w.  It's more compelling and seems to have more DOF.

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In reply to cplittleton, Apr 15, 2013

For me the tonal range makes this image stand out, good job.

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