monochrome or color at the dunes?

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KneeConWon Regular Member • Posts: 411
monochrome or color at the dunes?
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My father and niece at Sleeping Bear Dunes in Glen Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.

Taken with J5 + 6.7-13 @ 10.9mm.

Did I make the right call with my edits above? Or do you prefer it in color?

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RichDitch Regular Member • Posts: 226
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I like both versions but I think the color shot is better. There's a great mood in this that gets' lost in the monochrome version.

Paul Pasco
Paul Pasco Veteran Member • Posts: 7,453
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I too like both but prefer the Monochrome! Less is more with this one for me.

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stuburu1 Contributing Member • Posts: 808
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Lovely images but the mono version has the viewer asking more questions that I personally like.

misterodd
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N1, both are fine fotos, certainly.  Mono or color, you ask?

Let me begin, if I may, with a question about your question.  Was it raised out of genuine aesthetic concerns, or was it asked merely out of curiosity?  In either case, a question of preference can only ever be answered subjectively, as you are aware of.  And like much in life, it depends on many and various factors.

What is it that you are trying to convey, either explicitly or implicitly, with the two photos?

My preference is for the outline of figures, the bonded silhouettes.

(Every artist, who understood the aim of art and the poetic, has understood the complex relation between form and content.  Some contending that the former is more essential, others arguing to the contrary.  Simply speaking, because the relationship between form and content can never be reduced to a convenient dichotomy, I believe that form is master with content being subordinated to it.  For any attempt at fine art, a work must speak both a local dialect or idiolect as well as a universal language.  At once, art must be universal and transient.)

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OP KneeConWon Regular Member • Posts: 411
Re: monochrome or color at the dunes?
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Thank you for the interesting responses, everyone!

To answer your question, Box Man, my question was mainly inspired out of curiosity, but you never know - someone's response could always potentially sway my opinion of which one I prefer aesthetically, if something I hadn't considered was illuminated and changed my perspective.

I've had some fun playing around with edits of this photo. Here are some others I came up with. For the record, I view most of my images in this thread more as artwork than photography.

#3

#4

#5

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Adzor Regular Member • Posts: 412
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I like #5, it keeps the best of #1 & #2. The personal moment and the environment.

Cheers,

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Tord S Eriksson
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KneeConWon wrote:

Thank you for the interesting responses, everyone!

To answer your question, Box Man, my question was mainly inspired out of curiosity, but you never know - someone's response could always potentially sway my opinion of which one I prefer aesthetically, if something I hadn't considered was illuminated and changed my perspective.

I've had some fun playing around with edits of this photo. Here are some others I came up with. For the record, I view most of my images in this thread more as artwork than photography.

#3

#4

#5

I'd prefer something like a mix of #1 & #5!

Sweet shot, by the way.

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fafitz Regular Member • Posts: 393
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Color (#2).  But I tend to view pretty much everything literally.  Only very rarely can I identify artistic aspects of an image so, a resounding #2 FWIW.

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OP KneeConWon Regular Member • Posts: 411
Re: monochrome or color at the dunes?

Adzor wrote:

I like #5, it keeps the best of #1 & #2. The personal moment and the environment.

Cheers,

I like your reasoning. Thanks!

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OP KneeConWon Regular Member • Posts: 411
Re: monochrome or color at the dunes?

Tord S Eriksson wrote:

I'd prefer something like a mix of #1 & #5!

Sweet shot, by the way.

Thanks Tord!

You might be on to something there. I think these would qualify as what you're describing:

#6 (basically a darker version of number five via increased black point)

#7 (basically number one but with a lighter foreground, unexpectedly caused by some added sharpening)

Do either of these hit the nail?

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misterodd
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#3

#4

#5

The first image above (#3) is extraordinary.  The second one (#4) isn't far off from the first.  The 3rd (#5) is the least similar and has a more classical rendering to it, needless to say.  You're pushing the boundaries of image enhancement.  I like the vision, I must admit.

Getting back to the 1st image.  It reminds me of purity and innocence in harm's way.  But with the father figure present, all will be fine.  The striking colors, which provoke the conscious viscerally, possess a paradoxical quality.  Serenity within the storm, if you will.  An antinomy between peace and destruction, birth and finality.

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David5833 Senior Member • Posts: 1,112
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Of the two original images, I greatly prefer the color version. There are a lot of beautiful elements in the photo, the blue sky and clouds, the pink blouse, the tree, the gesture, the details in the grasses and the sand, the excellent composition and balance, the way it captures the atmosphere of Sleeping Bear, and importantly the emotionally moving connection between your father and your niece.

Maybe the color version could be improved simply with some haze reduction and some selective detail enhancement of the wispy clouds in the upper left, but the image is strong just as it is. However, you could present it in a lot of different moods by selective saturation and hue adjustments if you wanted to play with it.

The mono version, to me, wants to be all about the relationship between the grandfather and the girl...the gesture, the tree, and the dune hillock and grasses, with little or no detail anywhere else to distract from those few elements.

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rich_cx139 Regular Member • Posts: 135
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only looking at pictures on a phone but prefer the colour.

If there is enough dr to pull out in post some more structure of the dunes in the b+w as there is in the the colour shot then it might lift it.

but - nice shot composition lighting etc

richard

edit:  sorry - should have read other posts in the thread - i see thats whats been done

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