Does it work? C&C please ...
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?
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.
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.
`its good to step outside your comfort zone occasionally, but is nicer to step back into it` PC.
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.
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.