Color vs. black & white

by Heike March. 09, 2017 2345 views

I love vibrant colors, not only in photography, I'm also a huge fan of colorful painted art, like pop-art.

Most of my photos are in color, but sometimes I decide to convert one into black&white.

I shooted this young lady on a bodypaint-event some years ago. Generally bodypainting is bright and colorful and so was her painting.

The original colored shoot

Some years later, when I looked at the photo, I decided to crop it to a portrait.

After I saw the result, there was no doubt for me, that I have to convert the image into b&w, because her face appaered to me like an actress of the silent film era. 

Cropped and converted into b&w

I don't know what you think, but for me, b&w was the right decision here.


 

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Neal Panton 2 years, 7 months ago

Wow

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Cc E E 2 years, 8 months ago

Gorgeous... +1

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe 2 years, 10 months ago

Ooo, I like this one alot. Practicing the B&W. I like both of these, in color and de-saturated. She DOES look like a silent film star. Nice result! blue heart

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Tawnya Boe 2 years, 10 months ago

Kind thanks, Tawnya ! smile

2 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marlene Travels 2 years, 12 months ago

This is an interesting blog post idea! Thanks for sharing. I am never sure if I should post in black and white or in colour. but most of the times in the end I decide for colour, because my photos seem to be more alive.

2 years, 12 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Marlene Travels 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks a lot Marlene. I think, one have to decide it from photo to photo. I'm also more a 'color' type, but sometimes I'm playing around with Photoshop and when I see the solution, I think : 'Hm...Gar nicht mal so schlecht in schwarz weiß' grinning

2 years, 11 months ago Edited
Alberto Da Silva 2 years, 12 months ago

I think both versions are OK. But if I may speak frankly, I prefer the original because the colour mix is so vivid and awesome (we can tell the girl is not a real Indian).

2 years, 12 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Alberto Da Silva 2 years, 12 months ago

Thank you, Alberto ! If you ever have the chance to join a body paint festival, do it - and take your camera with you !  smiley  You will see such great and colorful creations, you will never forget.

2 years, 12 months ago Edited
Jahmal Simons 3 years, 2 months ago

I agree with you... Black & White allows you to focus on the contours of her face and the different lines and shadows.... the natural beauty of the model is seen... rather than just seeing the pretty colors!! Awesome Photo!!

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jahmal Simons 3 years, 2 months ago

Yes, the b&w do make the picture work here very much. Thanks for your comment and looking, Jahmal Much appreciated !

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Michelle Johnston 3 years, 2 months ago

Great choice converting to black and white! She does resemble an actress from the past.

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Michelle Johnston 3 years, 2 months ago

Yep, she does look like an actress from the past. Thanks for looking, Michelle !

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ivan Steenkamp 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey, I think your photos are great! To get more exposure for them separate your tags. Do this by putting a comma or full stop after each tag. Spaces don't separate them! Using general tags are also good. You cam also enter them into a category by adding the corresponding category tag eg people, stilllife, landscape, abstract etc. Your Clematis post is my Fav!

3 years, 2 months ago Edited
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