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Monday, January 24, 2011
B&W or Color? Trees Outside UNESCO Nakajin Castle Okinawa, Japan (Photos)
This photo was taken today on a pretty dismal day. We had dark skies, cold wind and I used a camera I haven't seen in a while without a tripod. I simply set the Panasonic DMZ-FZ50 on a rock, used the LCD screen to make adjustments and fired away with the 10-second timer set.
It was one of those days where I figured it would be a waste of good digital film to go inside the Castle at Nakajin and shoot photos. I 'll go back when I like the lighting conditions and shoot some other time.
Only now, I can't decide whether the shot looks better in B& W or Color. What do you think?
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I can't decide either Mike, although I'm leaning slightly towards colour. Great shots of this publicity starved enclave.
Thanks. I kinda lean towards the red, blue and greens, too. Just hate shootin when there's no blue in the sky.
Enclave? Wow, I never spoke that word. I'll have to go out and give it a try. Like, I could tell people I'm an enclave photographer!
Hard to say ,think the color has more lively look . Nice of you to sk ,Mike.
Thanks. I just wish I'd have had a bright blue sky in the background. I'll work on it though. No Photoshoppin, just many more castle trips, 'til I getter dun right !
Love the light behind the trees
Thanks. Wish you'd have mentioned color or B&W. I prefer blue skies and sometimes when you don't have the right colors and contrast many folks use the B&W option ts salvage an otherwise good photo.
Sorry Mike. I guess since the light shines through equally well in both, I didn't have a preference. Looking again, I'll cast my vote for the B&W.
I'm bad at judging B&W vs color. However, with reference to B&W, do you have a preference over shooting in B&W versus shooting in color and converting to B&W afterwards? Your advice would be very much appreciated!
That's an easy one to answer. Even if I wanted B&W to be the final outcome, I would shoot in color first and convert later.
Some photographers would argue the point. But, I shoot RAW format, always. The data I capture in RAW allows me to do alot with the tones (highlights and shadows) as well as keep the file to produce as many variations as I'd like when I create the JPEGs.
Someone may see my B&W photo and ask if it's available in color. My answer would be "yes".
I hope this answers your question.
Thanks a bunch! I feel pretty much the same way, so that's reassuring.
Glad to share my thoughts of photography with you.
Thanks,again. It's always a good idea to look at some photos both ways, I think. B&W are lots cheaper to print, too !
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