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Reflections B&W

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 25 April 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is the monochrome version of yesterday's shot. The main reason for this is so that Jerry won't have to go through a conversion in his head. We among the elderly need all of the help that we can get.

"It's not how many or what kinds of light you use, but how they are placed." Horst P. Horst

Nikon D300 1/100 second F/10.0 ISO 200 150 mm (35mm equiv.)

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

I love this in B&W - beautiful with the strong shadow elements and the reflections show wonderfully in this!! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your comments!

25 Apr 2009 5:05am

@Scott Schilling: Thanks; you have a super weekend as well.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I'm sure Jerry will appreciate this as much (maybe more!) than the rest of us.
Just as beautiful Jack...actually my preference is this version, shocking, I know.

25 Apr 2009 5:21am

@bluechameleon: The reason that I put it up here, Sharon, is that I prefer it in B&W. Furthermore, I think that we would do well to just take a look at what a simple conversion would look like with most of our color shots. If you use Lightroom, all you need to do is hit the V key in the Develop module. If you like what you see, you can do the further work that a conversion needs; not to mention getting more creative. The photographs with which I surround myself in my office are "all" B&W.

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

The b&w looks splendid too! Great conversion here.

25 Apr 2009 5:53am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

magnifique also in B and W !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

25 Apr 2009 6:05am

Bill Jennings from Los Altos (Bay Area Calif), United States

I think I've seen this, wait, it's from yesterday in B&W. Still a beautiful shot - and I like it more in B&W because it draws more attention to the shapes and light: which where the strength in this photo lies.

25 Apr 2009 6:07am

@Bill Jennings: That's what I think, at least in this case. PS - I read your comment on Florence's posting color and B&W versions, and how your wife preferred the colored one and you the monochrome. I don't submit anything for a competition without a pass in review before my wife. Her judgment generally is impeccable.

k@ from Paris, France

Magic ! Both are good but this one is, for me, a masterpiece ! Shiny B&W is a gift ! Bravo**

25 Apr 2009 6:46am

@k@: Wow! Thank you, k.

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Prefer the mono image, it has more depth and texture

25 Apr 2009 7:24am

@P J W Miller: I tend to agree.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

So very different!!! I like it and its a great shot but I think I prefer the colour....I think I feel I have lost all that beautiful colour...but then maybe if I had seen the B&W first I would have viewed it differently, not knowing the colour I was missing!
Sorry , just waffling on with my thoughts out loud!!

25 Apr 2009 7:39am

@Linerberry: Good for you. More often than not, the discussion is between people. For you, it is an interior discussion. I really like that. It often is what goes on with me. Sometimes the choice seems easy, but at other times, I have a terrible time trying to make up my mind. (You might take a look at my comment to Florence (Zoom) today.)

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

When an image is strong! it is also beautiful in B / W and color! Good WE to you!!

25 Apr 2009 8:04am

@Mathilde Collot: What a beautiful way to put it, Mathilde. Thank you.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I love the clarity and crispness of this, especially in the reflections ... however I do find it a bit busy in the upper third, as much as I love B 'n W images.
In color, the tree branches and buildings are precisely separated because the color defines them. Liners and I may be the only ones who feel this way, though. <grin>

25 Apr 2009 8:05am

@Judy: I have thoroughly enjoyed the discussion when I have put the same image in both. It is one of those ways in which art, no matter what its medium, creates different personal responses between different people. There is no right or wrong, no good or bad; it's just different. And it is so important for us to respect that in each other. (PS - the busyness that you mention tends to force me more toward the reflections and the frame created by the branches. It's fascinating to me how much more I see looking at it later than at the time I took it. I probably need to take more time before I click the shutter.)

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Entre la couleur et le NB c'est très différent... lä je préfère celle en couleur.

25 Apr 2009 8:13am

@Sof: Thank you.

"Marie" :-) from perth, Australia

Jack I hate to admit it but I too like it a tad more in the B&W. The lighting works better for me. Great shot.

25 Apr 2009 8:27am

@"Marie" :-): Why do you hate to admit it? Please let me know.

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

It really works well in b/w.

25 Apr 2009 9:37am

@Chris Parr: Thanks, Chris. Why do you think so? (I'm always interested in why people feel the way that they do.)

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I have a feeling I will still prefer the color but the black and white has a lot more impact .

25 Apr 2009 10:13am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

The color photo is very beautiful but I prefer this one! The games of sun in branches are superb B&W !!

25 Apr 2009 11:05am

zOOm from Paris, France

I really prefer this one Jack, no doubt about it. Mono really adds intensity to this landscape. A gift of contrasts and clarity.

25 Apr 2009 11:43am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

I think they are both fine works! Well done!

25 Apr 2009 12:02pm

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Jack, I like both of them for different reasons! It's such a lovely photo that it works well in both versions. I think that says a lot about the quality of what you've produced! Well done.

25 Apr 2009 12:02pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

They are both great shots. I'm sure Jerry will appreciate your kind appraoch. I think I prefer the colour version. But you probably knew that about me already. Have a great weekend.

25 Apr 2009 12:31pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

I find both versions appealing. Although with the B&W I am in a different time and place, the contrast has great impact. The reflection in the water gives the feeling of ice, I like it. While the color version I like just as well it is the structures, style of the buildings I found attractive and the touch of brick red color that gave me a different emotion to the scene.
Excellent, Jack.

25 Apr 2009 12:48pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Wonderful place and reflection!

25 Apr 2009 1:14pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Un NB de toute beauté, une splendide lumière! Bravo Jack!

25 Apr 2009 1:49pm

@mo.langel: Thank you sweet soul.

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Excellent BW . Love this photo.

25 Apr 2009 2:23pm

@Mariana: Thank you; coming from you, that is high praise.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

This is just a beautiful in b&w, Jack, but I THINK I prefer the color for the subtle nuances it brings out. Please notice I said "think", I haven't made up my mind yet. =)

25 Apr 2009 3:26pm

@Toni: Wishy-washy!

willow from Chelsea, United States

It must be B&W kind of day. The framing with the branch is great. I'd be hard pressed to choose between this one and it's color twin.

25 Apr 2009 3:42pm

@willow: It ain't easy.

noxeus from Girona, Spain

Excellent conversion. Improvement

25 Apr 2009 3:59pm

@noxeus: Thank you.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful BW

25 Apr 2009 4:17pm

@Didier DE ZAN: Thank you.

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

I love the BW; in fact, I think I prefer this to the colour. Great work with your conversion

25 Apr 2009 4:29pm

@Diane Schuller: Whoops! I got it in the wrong place. Soooooo Thanks, Diane.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Thanks, Diane.

25 Apr 2009 4:38pm

alex centrella from United States

i like the black and white also...framed perfect !

25 Apr 2009 4:39pm

@alex centrella: Thank you, Alex.

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

A magnificent black and a white ! I like these reflections in the water.

25 Apr 2009 4:57pm

@Peggy M.: The reflections were what caused me to take the photograph; the framing of the branches was the coup de grace.

observing from North West, United Kingdom

Well never mind Jerry, I'm glad you showed this version, because it's great, it excels the colored one easily.

25 Apr 2009 5:00pm

@observing: I wish that you weren't so wishy-washy about what you feel, Mike?? :) :) (Thanks for your comment.)

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

After having read all these comments, and switching back and forth between this and the colored one...I can honestly say, "I don't know which I like better" !!! This one has more impact, but the other has beautiful colors throughout.... And since I'm having a hard time making a decision today, I'll just say:

25 Apr 2009 5:55pm

@Susan: Thank you, my dear; you are way too kind.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

also beautiful in color or in black and white, a small preference for the n & b all the same, it has silver! beautiful image!
friendships jack!

25 Apr 2009 6:25pm

@marc battault: Marc, I just returned from viewing an exhibit by the famous American landscape photographer, John Sexton. He does everything in B&W. And it all was breathtaking. Seeing an exhibit like that is very seductive when it comes to either color or monochrome.

Soco from Gerona, Spain

It really works well in b/w.

25 Apr 2009 6:33pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Amazing shot well done in black and white.

25 Apr 2009 7:47pm

@LauraS: Thank you, Laura.

observing from North West, United Kingdom

<<I wish that you weren't so wishy-washy about what you feel, Mike?? :) >>

Hope I didn't offend..?

25 Apr 2009 8:58pm

@observing: Absolutely not, Mike. My response was a joke.

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

They're both great, I'd go for the color one for this capture. Good job!

25 Apr 2009 10:29pm

@xavier cardell: Thank you.

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Love the detail in the mono version. Well done.

25 Apr 2009 11:41pm

@jeff (aka dogilicious): Thanks, Jeff.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

The mono version has more detail to see, but personally i prefer the color version of this one

26 Apr 2009 12:58am

@JJ: I love our diversity in preferences.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

I prefer the B&W its stunning

26 Apr 2009 1:26am

@jamesy: Thanks, Jamesy.

kerfendal from Paris, France

really nice composition, thats strange it's very close to a landscape in Brittany which is named Pont croix

26 Apr 2009 2:56am

@kerfendal: Thanks, Max. Neat about the similarities.

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

See...people think you're stunning in b/w! There are no conversations in my head. In fact, there is nothing in my head—it's all b/w in there—but it is a good place to store a cap : ]

26 Apr 2009 4:36am

@ordinaryimages: Thanks, Jerry.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

I lean to the bw, but really like the currier and ives look of the color rendition, too.

26 Apr 2009 1:34pm

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Beautiful contrast in b/w. Nice frame too!

26 Apr 2009 3:35pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

I prefer the color version!

27 Apr 2009 12:17am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

I appreciate both version since they both show differently a beauty of nature...

28 Apr 2009 4:00am

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Color version is great but the feeling is more dramatic here...

29 Apr 2009 7:44pm