Colour to Black and White

Some of you may have seen a couple of photos on Travel Words in the black and white five-day challenge recently and wondered what the original looks like. Well here they are. What do you think? Better as the original or does the conversion add an element of “je ne sais quoi” about it?

The top one, Aloe polyphylla is also known as the spiral aloe and hails from the mountainous region of Lesotho in central southern Africa. Once the plant has formed seven leaves it starts to create a dramatic spiral effect. A living sculpture.

20 thoughts on “Colour to Black and White

  1. It’s art. Some images are stunning in color and others pop in black & white. I have one image on my blog that was taken in color but appears as black & white.

    • No, that’s good to know. I wasn’t too sure about the second one – maybe it’s the effect I used that hasn’t worked as well.

  2. I’m going with the majority decision here Jude I think maybe because the second one in b&w looks a bit washed out, over exposed may be!! I like the soft greens of the second one but the pattern of the first one is a winner in b&w. Thank you for showing the comparisons.

    • I take it on board that the second one wasn’t a winner – it was the effect of the lithograph technique that ‘whitened’ it but I did like the crosshatch effect and the way the black spikes drew attention. Oh. well, back to the drawing board with that image, I shall play about with it more. Thank you for your opinion, this kind of feedback really does help 🙂

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