Finally here! BW or Colored? Love to hear your insights.

Updated 2 days ago in Critique
9 on November 21, 2017

Hi everyone, 

Finally, got to join the forum! Like all of you, I fell in love with the magic and challenges that go with street photography. I’ve still yet to overcome a lot of my inhibitions (getting really close to strangers for example for fearing to offend them or being punched ūüėČ ) but working on it.

I’ve recently acquired my GR II (thanks to Eric for the non-biased review! helped me make my decision and I’m very happy with it!) and taking it everywhere with me.

I’d like to share this shot I took in Chiang Mai airport for critique:
“Alone Together”
 

Same shot in high contrast BW and colored, straight from cam. I also want to ask, when do you guys decide if a shot is better in colored or black and white? I love everything in BW, especially when shooting people because there are lesser distractions and you get to focus on what is happening in the photo but there are times it’s really hard to decide.¬†

Thanks in advance!
AJ 

 
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0 on November 22, 2017

Even though I like both, I find the B&W more interesting for the fact that it makes it feel more classic despite the abhorrent phone usage. More irony I guess?

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0 on November 22, 2017

What determines if i go BW or color depends on what i want the viewer to focus on, and most of the time when it’s people i use BW because i want the people in the photo to be the main focus of the photo and i want to eliminate the colors around the people because they sometimes become distractions.
I like your BW photo better than the color because in the color one the red color are very noticeable and steals attention and also the blue shirts, but in the BW all those distractions are gone and you focus only on the people. 
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0 on December 5, 2017

BW in this case. The red object on the left distracts from the main motive.

 

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0 on December 11, 2017

I like the B&W best.  It feels like the contrast makes the men stand out more, whereas with colored image, I am drawn to their feet, the red floor, and window. 

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0 on January 5, 2018

B&W

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0 on January 6, 2018

I like the picture. It works quite well in b&w but i’d say has more to offer in colour. Generally images with strong shapes (2D) and forms (3D) but with indifferent or washed out colour (eg due to veiling flare) can be better in b&w. Pictures strong in colours or at least as much about colour as shapes and forms (modelled hopefully by some good light/shadow interplay) can better as colour pictures.

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0 4 days ago

I like the reds and the blues.

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0 4 days ago

I think the reds bring this photo a sense of dramatic effect. it’s better.

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0 2 days ago

Dear AJ, very excited to have you in the forum!

What I love about this photo (in black and white) — it simplifies the scene, and there is a nice curve composition you got going on here:

Keep it up!

Eric

 

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