And Now in Black and White

By: danitacahill

Jun 11 2012

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Category: Action shots, Black & White, Color, Focal point, Photography, Photojournalism, Portrait photography, Spring


Focal Length:300mm
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And here’s the same shot from earlier today, post processed to black and white. To see the color version click here.

Which do you like better?

The color version is bright and vivid, but I actually prefer this shot in black and white. By getting rid of the distracting color of the red tractor and the blues and other colored clothing on the background figures, the focal point – in this case, the little girl’s face – really stands out.

When I’m changing a color photograph to black and white, I like to run it through a red filter first. This helps make the shot more contrasty. Then I do the switch to monochrome, whether sepia or black and white.

For another example of color vs. black and white, this one by photographer Mike Osborn, click here.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


3 comments on “And Now in Black and White”

  1. Thanks for linking to my color versus monochrome post, Danita. I think your B&W version makes the female figure by the tractor look more preoccupied, a little pained even. But the expression of the little shines through in both.

  2. I prefer the b&w for this as well – I think it draws the eye straight to the little girl whereas the colour, especially the red, pulls the eye away from her.

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