Saturday, December 26, 2009

Color or Black and White Snow



This fair weather photographer has stepped out again to capture a winter scene. While driving back from my children's school I noticed the fog rolling over the farmland near our home. I went home picked up my camera and went back out. In my slippers! Every thing was fine until I started back for the truck, a slipper fell off! The snow wasn't just cold, it was cold and icy. It felt like I was walking on glass. Thank goodness the heater works well in the truck, I turned it up full blast and onto my feet.
I like the way the fog shows up in the black and white. There are some nice contrasts in the snow as well. When I look at the color picture, with its blue snow, I think its a bit off. Everyone knows colored snow is yellow and we don't eat it! Not blue! The Outdoor Photographer magazine just came, and an article on the cover says "Go B&W In Winter". For this post I thought I would, in honor of the magazine article I will soon enjoy reading. Bundle up, keep warm, and for goodness sake put your boots on if your going out in the snow.

10 comments:

Marka said...

I kinda like the coloured version better, with its delicate pastels.

Woody said...

David,

I like them both! The sky in the upper right corner is much more vivid in color, but the mountains blend much better in the B&W version.

There are a lot of variables in play here and I'm no expert. If you shot raw, you might be able to adjust the white balance to get rid of some blue. I would experiment in Lightroom or Photoshop a bit. That said, I'm *not* a proponent of spending hours tweaking setting to make the perfect photo.

Shameless plug for non-B&W winter photo
:
http://2zars.blogspot.com/2009/12/snowy-branch.html

I tend to keep my circular polarizer on when shooting in snow.

holdingmoments said...

Really like that B&W shot David.

Tricky not to get 'blue' snow in colour; I know, I've got loads lol

aspen said...

I love the B&W photo ......I have a weakness for B&W photos...they are awesome ! Enjoyed visiting your blog and look forward to visiting again! Good Job!!

Minnette said...

I love the color one, I love the story that it tells with the cool blue snow and the warm sun but also like the Black and White for the dead winter feel. Both are great :)

John's Lighting photos said...

I really like both of them, the color in the snow is awesome, but I love the Black and White!

nkmartins said...

colored one :D

Sussss said...

50% y 50%.
Has probado mezclar blanco y negro más color?

Rebecca said...

My vote is for the black and white. Nice shot.

Drew said...

Simple man. Make it both. Make a layer, make it B&W and erase the top-half with a feathered brush. WaLa. Nice image.