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Tobermory – Black & White or Colour?

I took this image last month while attending Ethan Meleg’s workshop in Tobermory. This is a single exposure shot with my 10 Stop ND filter. I processed it initially in colour (which I was pleased with) but thought it might work well in B&W. Now I can’t decide which one I like better. Or really the question should be “which one works better?”

Would love to hear your opinion.

Click on either image to enlarge (it really looks better) or to Purchase a Print.

Tobermory, Ontario, Bruce Peninsula, Landscape, Georgian Bay

Tobermory, Ontario, Bruce Peninsula, Landscape, Georgian Bay, monochrome

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69 responses

  1. thesweetkitten

    Color!

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    October 22, 2012 at 7:16 am

  2. Len

    You really have to love this filter Edith. I really love both but if I had to pick I’d go with the B&W as the details and textures come through a bit more.

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    October 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

  3. I like both Edith but on balance, forced to choose, I’d go with the colour shot. The grey, blue, green of the water is lovely. There’s more contrast in the black and white, lifting the texture of the rock but the rock is this lovely rich chocolate colour which I think it’d be a shame to lose. 🙂

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    October 22, 2012 at 7:24 am

  4. It’s hard to choose, I like the color shot, but the B&W is beautiful too. 🙂

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    October 22, 2012 at 7:48 am

    • Thanks Anne. I know I’m having a heard time choosing too. I like both for different reasons.

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      October 22, 2012 at 10:24 am

  5. Personally, I think long exposures like these, with a grand amount of texture, look better in black and white. The color can hide some the contrast that really brings them out! Unless the color helps to tell the story, which in my mind it doesn’t in this shot, go with the black and white! Beauty shot either way!

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    October 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

  6. It’s hard to choose – I like the extra detail in the B&W, but the colors are very pretty and varied, so I am going to have to go color on this one.

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    October 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

  7. I like both too, but I think I have to go with the colour shot. I don’t know if this makes sense, but the dark shades of blue and gray in the water give the shot more atmosphere because you can feel how overcast it was that day.

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    October 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

    • Thanks so much Cindy. This is one of those times where I’m having a hard time making a decision. I like both for different reasons. I’m probably to close to it.

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      October 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

  8. Hmmm… I like them both. Actually, I like the black and white for the whole picture, but, as I scrolled down your post, I realised I really like the colour version, with a slight crop down to the horizon, so my attention is completely focused on those great colours and textures of the rock and the water.

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    October 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

    • Hmmm…interesting suggestion. I’ll play with it although I hesitate to lose the clouds and the land on the left. Thank you.

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      October 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

  9. It has to be the colour one, Edith. Lots of subtle colours going on in that one

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    October 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

  10. Mmmm nice colours but great detail in the B&W. I’m on the fence.

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    October 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

  11. I’m going to go with colour here. I love b/w, but that one loses details and definition where the colour one does not.

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    October 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

  12. No right or wrong on this image as both look really nice. I will however, go with the color version.

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    October 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

  13. I like the textures of the color one.

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    October 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

  14. It is hard to pick a favorite, Edith. Both are great images. I am more drawn towards the colored version though, I like the hint of blue on the water.

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    October 22, 2012 at 10:19 am

  15. I like the textures of the colored one.

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    October 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

  16. I say its not even close. Black and white all the way!

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    October 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

  17. Hello, I like the first one. It´s great.
    regards unknown magdalena

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    October 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  18. I have to go with the color version. If just for the amazing colors in the water.

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    October 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

  19. I like it in color 🙂

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    October 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

  20. Edith ~ the B&W does bring out the detail.

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    October 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  21. Oof, tough choice, and even though many years ago I did my own B&W film developing and printing, I’m going with the color version here.

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    October 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  22. Both are nice but colours one is lovely!

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    October 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  23. nicely done Edith – I prefer color but either way, the 10 stop did a great job on the water

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    October 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

  24. Colour: greater punch (soft). B&W: seems sepulchral, although great too.

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    October 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  25. The color photo resembles a landscape painting people would hang in their homes and in the B&W the drama of the scene really stands out.

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    October 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm

  26. Wow – stunning shots!

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    October 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

  27. Black ‘n white is my choice here. Not entirely sure why. Could it be that it pops more for me than the color version? Great location and a great shot.

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    October 23, 2012 at 7:40 am

  28. I like the colour version the most. I think its because the large section in the foreground has a lot of detail and in the colour version the smaller blue/green water section in the background draws the eye up away from the foreground strongly, but subtly and in that way balances the composition nicely. It feels calm and balanced like the environment. Just an opinion 🙂 I like the B&W too.

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    October 23, 2012 at 8:21 am

  29. Late to this party. Oh well!. Both versions are very nice but the color gives more of a real feel and the tonal variations are more interesting. my 2 cents. 🙂

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    October 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  30. Both of them so impressive…

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    October 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  31. Rick

    I love the contrasts and details in the black and white. Wonderful stuff, Edith!

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    October 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

  32. Hi Edith. I think that if you were to put the focus more on the top section with water (crop), then color would be the way to go. However, I love the textures and details in the lower section and your choice of black and white made them pop. So for the entire image, black and white is where I am leaning

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    October 24, 2012 at 6:44 am

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  34. The colored one. 🙂

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    October 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  35. rynnasaryonnah

    COLOUR! =D

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    October 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  36. quite simply

    B/W, but maybe I’m a little bias …

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    November 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

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