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In B&W

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 8 March 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

One of my photo buddies prefers this version because the snow shows up better. Personally, I miss the color of the snowplow. Someone yesterday mentioned the detail of the shot. This says something about Nikon's relatively new 28-300mm lens. Most lenses with this range lose sharpness. Plus, this photograph had quite a bit cropped off of the top and the bottom.

HDR EXPRESS - if you are new to HDR or want to put your toe in the water, I recommend your getting the Trial Version of United Color's HDR Express. It is far and away the easiest HDR software that I have come across, and it does a great job of creating a so-called natural/realistic look. Starting this weekend, I will show some of my efforts with this program. For more creative HDR, I will continue to use Nik's HDR Efex, and on occasion, Photomatix.

Nikon D700 1/320 second F/9.0 ISO 200 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

This is one time when colour really seems far superior to the black and white.

8 Mar 2011 5:11am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I like this, but I have to agree with you on the color. If you switch back and forth between them quickly, it's as though someone went swoosh with a paintbrush - cool!

8 Mar 2011 5:18am

Manola from Bassens, France

it's beautiful .. a real postcard from the old days ... I like!

8 Mar 2011 5:56am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

It's realy beautiful, like an array

8 Mar 2011 6:12am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like your processing monochrome. He stresses the atmosphere of the winter which goes on

8 Mar 2011 6:19am

Irene from France

I love the fine B&W

8 Mar 2011 6:29am

STEED from Somewhere, France

As fine and delicate as a pen drawing.....Superb !!!!

8 Mar 2011 7:18am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5****

8 Mar 2011 8:09am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Oooh interesting...I'm mr colour bigot, but on this occasion I'm gonna vote for the mono version . I think that it's because the scene could be naturally mono, so it's not as though something is missing-which I think is my problem with most mono shots

8 Mar 2011 8:28am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Gorgeous winter scenery! I prefer the color photograph but also like the b&w version a lot. The conversion is skilfully done.

8 Mar 2011 8:56am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Works great too ;)

8 Mar 2011 10:12am

marci from in, Morocco

If asked to choose, I like the color better - it has more depth. but this certainly makes for a wonderful snowy winter scene!

8 Mar 2011 10:13am

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

I prefer the colors but it's nice too.

8 Mar 2011 10:39am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like very much this b/w landscape, a great winter image!

8 Mar 2011 10:44am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful landscape! Well done

8 Mar 2011 10:58am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Magnificent landscape in B&W as if it were a dream ... Wonderful place! I live it! Muchos besos amigo Jack! Adela

8 Mar 2011 11:32am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Although still a captivating shot, I am with you Jack and prefer the colour version! Well done! ;-)

8 Mar 2011 12:44pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I cannot decide which is better, this one or the previous one. I like the both.

8 Mar 2011 1:21pm

Zora Zoé Schmidt from Greifswald, Germany

So wonderful, Jack - excellentely done! Thank you for sharing - and so very much for that kindly hint with the programm, I'll try it out !! :-) *****

8 Mar 2011 1:28pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

looks great in BW too ;)

8 Mar 2011 2:06pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Lovely B&W tones in this version but I like the yellow snow plows!

8 Mar 2011 3:04pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland


Un deuxième merveilleux décor hivernal en NB, superbe image et compo toutes cette végétation recouverte de neige, grandisoe.

Bravo et amitié


8 Mar 2011 3:09pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Also beautiful but I prefer the color one !

8 Mar 2011 3:28pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superb winter landscape! Beautiful B/W!

8 Mar 2011 3:45pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I'm impressed with the light quality you achieved which conveys the snowy atmosphere of the shot very well. Excellent image.

8 Mar 2011 4:00pm

Bernardo from Spain

Me gusta la foto, una bonita toma en B&W.


8 Mar 2011 4:08pm

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Christmas card!

8 Mar 2011 5:18pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

wow, very attractive! only at a second glance would i have noticed it's HDR!

8 Mar 2011 5:34pm

@Franz: actually this is not hdr. i was simply mentioning a new software that i came across

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

I like this in b&w too....but I still love the color version best!

8 Mar 2011 5:37pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Yes, there is exquisite detail in this image. It's a striking winter landscape, with wonderful balance and impact.

8 Mar 2011 5:58pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

I'm partial to b&W, but in this case I prefer the previous shot.

8 Mar 2011 6:03pm

k@ from Paris, France

Both versions are lovely & offer different moods. Adorable like a Xmas postcard.

8 Mar 2011 6:14pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I agree - the b&w is great, but I really loved yesterdays shot.

8 Mar 2011 7:00pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I loved the trees in the background yesterday and I love them again today...I am having trouble deciding overall...I think those background trees look better here but I liked the overall image in color becasue those cool tractors can be seen...I don't know. If you didn't do such a dang good job with all of your images it would sure be easier to decide..I'lll say it's a draw...serioulsy! I am really interested in looking at your HDR trial!!

8 Mar 2011 7:28pm

@Denny Jump Photo: you should check it out for yourself. just google "hdr express." try it out for awhile

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

ps - thanks for the reinforcement abiut the 28-300 and thank you ever so much for your encouragement and I just gotta save up some coin!

8 Mar 2011 7:29pm

tataray from france, France

Excellent en N/B))

8 Mar 2011 7:30pm

Sylvia from -, Netherlands

Very nice.
It kinda does look like a postcard.

8 Mar 2011 7:34pm

saverio from Rome, Italy


8 Mar 2011 7:45pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful rendering ,jack ,i like it !!
five stars !
friendships !

8 Mar 2011 8:01pm

Harry from United States

I love B&W snow scenes, but for this pair, I vote for the minimal color in yesterday's shot.

8 Mar 2011 10:25pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

I like this version for the magic in it. Like 5 stars of magic :)

8 Mar 2011 11:12pm

vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

I definitively the color version...

8 Mar 2011 11:14pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

They both look so very beautiful,but that little bit color in yesterday's appeals more to me.

8 Mar 2011 11:28pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

That is beautiful and has it's own merit with those excellent b/w textures in the snow and trees. It just puts the focus in an entirely different place. Love this, too.

9 Mar 2011 1:03am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I have a preference for the color version. Nice presentaion in panoramic view.

9 Mar 2011 1:14am

Becky from los angeles, United States

I love this.

9 Mar 2011 2:18am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I too prefer the bits of color in yesterday's image, but both are good.

9 Mar 2011 2:45am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

It's amazing how much "punch" the yellow of the plows provided in yesterday's post. I am torn between the two, so I'll have to say they're both great captures. ;-) I like B&W's as well with winterscapes.

9 Mar 2011 3:26am

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

B e a u t i f u l !

9 Mar 2011 5:24am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This version is wonderful, too.

9 Mar 2011 6:12am

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

it´s great how the mood changes from color to bw! i like this one a little bit more, cause i prefer this mood, it´s more winter and cold, if you know what i mean?

9 Mar 2011 6:55pm

@klauSZ: That's exactly what my photo buddy felt. I think that before we process any photograph, we should ask ourselves such questions as: what did I feel when I took it?; what mood and deeper feelings do I want to communicate? is there any inherent dramatic impact in the photograph? and so on.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Nice comparison with the B&W but clicking back and forth the one with bits of color is my choice.
It really is a magnificent winter scene.

10 Mar 2011 2:48am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Color or B / W, the images have the same beauty then it's a matter of preference!

10 Mar 2011 3:30pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

This is really idyllic. I love it in b&w, even if you miss the yellow snowplow. What I didn't like as much about the colour version is all the yellow grass showing through in the foreground.

10 Mar 2011 7:24pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

B&w does a great job here...somewhat bring out more details...beautiful...great light

11 Mar 2011 2:06pm

lux from Munich, Germany

This version is pretty cool. A very crisp contrast is shown here, which adds to the picture.

14 Mar 2011 7:06pm