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dobson

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« on: January 17, 2007, 02:45:20 AM »

Below are a pair of images of the Travona headframe in Butte, MT. This structure housed the pulleys that raised and lowered men, machines, and rock deep underground.

I had originally processed this photo with the intention of printing it in black and white. Seeing the image in color however, imparts a totally different feeling; at least to me. I would be interested how the two images compare in other's minds. Any other feedback would be appreciated as well.

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2007, 07:59:53 AM »

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Seeing the image in color however, imparts a totally different feeling; at least to me. I would be interested how the two images compare in other's minds. Any other feedback would be appreciated as well.

Hello Phillip,

Thanks for sharing the pictures. I have to agree with you - the two images have totally different effect, at least on me.
I personally prefer B&W one. It has a certain unity between the headframe and the background.
On the colour image they are very separate. When I look at it, I perceive the construction as an obstacle to viewing a beautiful sunset.

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2007, 03:08:15 PM »

I agree.  Because the foreground is a black silhouette, the colour version almost looks like your superimposed a colour background onto a black and white image.  I'd stick with the B&W.

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2007, 04:26:44 PM »

I vote for the B&W as well.

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2007, 04:33:17 PM »

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I agree.  Because the foreground is a black silhouette, the colour version almost looks like your superimposed a colour background onto a black and white image.  I'd stick with the B&W.

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2007, 05:16:09 PM »

Colour doesn't work.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2007, 08:25:10 PM »

As the two images are presented above: black and white.  The color is essentially in the sky and distracts from the main subject.  If you must use color, then desaturate the blue of the sky, open the shadows in the foreground grass, and saturate the grass color to match that of the sky.  Mid-range greens saturate better than dark greens.
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