what do our preferences say about ourselves?

An incredible hole in the sandstone at Arches National Monument. Nasim Mansurov has a similar image at the beginning of his article on using Nik software to do B&W images (https://photographylife.com/how-to-take-black-and-white-pictures). Quite good. I though I'd use my own image from another location at Arches to see how well the program did. This is my first try ever at the program. Any thoughts on us and B&W?

An incredible hole in the sandstone at Arches National Monument. Nasim Mansurov has a similar image at the beginning of his article on using Nik software to do B&W images (https://photographylife.com/how-to-take-black-and-white-pictures). Quite good. I though I’d use my own image from this location at Arches to see how well the program did. This is my first try ever at the program. Any thoughts on us and B&W and preferences?

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7 thoughts on “what do our preferences say about ourselves?

    • Thanks, Frank. I’m finding that I have a lot of needs for an image to deliver such as drama, a contemplative mood, the creation of an emotion (Sam’s horse image always makes me feel good with the world).
      And like you say, the ability to grab, or stop you. That immediate-attention creation is so huge.

  1. That was my immediate impression Greg but now when I go back to it I see the B&W completely reverses the focal point from the rocks to the clouds. Hopefully others will comment because the B&W version is pretty cool too!

  2. No, no, no. I’ll take the monochrome — more impact, more drama, more richness of detail. I’m right, of course, and you’re all wrong … 😉

  3. OK, I’m changing my vote. The B&W has more depth and texture…more “Look at me!” appeal. Just this one time though, not a warrant to start hacking the color out of everything. There’ll be plenty of time for muted shades of gray once we’re dead. No point in rushing the season. I must be right because I feel it so 8^)

  4. I might like B&W, but not THIS one. I assume you’re using the Silver efex? I want it to be darker and contrastier.

    Of course, I do have that bias, so maybe it isn’t you. Frank is dead right about the shift in focal point, though.

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