Black and White or Color?

Most of us think, dream and visualize in color. I know I do. Nowadays with digital photos, cameras and editing software, it is relatively easy to create photos in black and white. I sometimes do that. But more often than not, I forget,

White Fire

White Fire

On Fire

On Fire

because I am just not thinking about it. Sometimes I look at a scene or an object I am about to shoot and see its beauty, only to download the image later on my computer and realize that beauty is not conveyed in my image.

Sweet Nectar

Sweet Nectar

Sweet Nectar in B&W

Sweet Nectar in B&W

 

 

 

So one of my photography goals of 2014 is to look at my images in color and black and white, because sometimes the absence of color creates stunning photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know which photos you like best and why. And if you don’t care for either of them, you can tell me that too!

 

 

And as always, thanks for supporting my work!

About kathiissermanphotos

I have been taking photos for the last 40 years and sharing them with friends and family. Recently I took the plunge to share them with a wider audience. You can view my photos on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/kathiandkim, my purchase site-http://kathi-isserman.artistwebsites.com or here. I hope you enjoy viewing them, and please let me know what you think.
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12 Responses to Black and White or Color?

  1. crowsheart says:

    In both of these examples, I prefer the black and white because of the delicate contrast…all of them are lovely but the contrast wins, in my opinion

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  2. I prefer the color shot of the hibiscus because, in my opinion, the flower’s form is not as interesting as its vibrant color. I do like the black and white rendering of the butterfly, as it seems to make its “work” of eating easier to perceive. The in-focus nearby leaf provides a nice contrasting texture that brings out the texture of the butterfly’s wing. Thanks for this post. I’m going to be doing a shoot soon (of musicians interacting in a recording session) and you’ve reminded me to look at what I get from it both ways — in today’s “color everything” and in the “B/W musicians” tradition.

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  3. It really depends on the image. I prefer photos to be in black and white. It adds mystery to the person by removing annoying flaws that color sometimes exaggerates. Mountains and some scenery, definitely black and white. Flowers, birds, most animals, gardens I like in color, especially when the colors are vibrant. Your photos follow the theme of what I mentioned.

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  4. Ephy says:

    I agree with Fran’s statement that it depends on the image and add that it also depends on what one want to convey/say with the image, picture. To me, the color is the main “character” in the colored picture. Where as in the b&w I see the flower, its’ texture and form as the main “character”.
    I prefer the colored butterfly picture. To me there isn’t enough separation between the leaves and the Butterfly in the b&w.
    The flower shot is gorgeous both ways.

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  5. Cheri Amrani says:

    hi Kathi! I love the flower in B&W because it shows more depth in the waves and crenulations of the petals…I think the butterfly actually looks better in color, having more depth that the rather flat B&W – maybe because it really is a flatter organism than the flower…thanks for getting me to think about this more!

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  6. Leana Otjens says:

    I have always enjoyed black and white photos
    Thanks for the teaser

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