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 Comments Add yours

  1. suej says:

    First one great in monochrome, but I must say I prefer the colour version of the second, Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are not alone.

      1. suej says:

        Rats, I thought I was being individual! (Not really!!)

  2. nowathome says:

    All of them are just stunning!

  3. Patrick says:

    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.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Patrick. How’s Maggie doing?

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    To be honest I find it impossible to choose.

  5. Sue Slaght says:

    I love the color Jude but I am biased because we are in the months of grey and white here.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I forget that you still have snow. We have had a very mild winter this time. Grey, but not especially cold.

  6. I like the first one better in black and white and the second in color. For whatever that’s worth!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      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.

  7. debandtoby says:

    Interesting. Some look better in color, others make more of an impact in black and white.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Which do you prefer here?

  8. Judy says:

    I like the first one better in B&W, the second nicer in color

    1. Heyjude says:

      That seems to be the consensus! Maybe it’s the effect I applied?

  9. Have to agree with everyone else. First in b & w, 2nd in colour. I would have expected to like them both better in colour. Clever editing, Jude.

  10. pommepal says:

    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.

    1. Heyjude says:

      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 🙂

      1. pommepal says:

        Yes I did like the texture in it too.

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