To Color or Not

I really have a love affair with black and white photography, and I’m always looking for opportunities to drain all the color out of a shot and replace it with shades of gray.

But sometimes, I just can’t resist the blue of the sky against the green of the grass.

This was one of those times, so I just decided to have my cake and eat it, too.

Here’s a 9-bracket HDR of St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, processed both in color and in black and white. Β The HDR processing was done in Photomatix Pro V4, and the further editing was done in Paintshop Photo Pro X5. Β For the black and white image, I used the Topaz B&W plug-in.

It was a little windy that day, so there’s some ghosting in the clouds as they were skittering across the sky, but I actually kind of like it so I didn’t attempt to process it away.

So, which do you like best?

St. Paul's Methodist Church - Houston TX (Color)

St. Paul's Methodist Church - Houston TX (B&W)


    • Thank you!! It was such a beautiful day when I shot that image, it’s hard to just disregard that blue Texas sky and the springtime grass. Thanks for taking time to comment!! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the feedback, @bad375! I just think the b&w images get to the real “bones” of an image, without the distraction of color. They both have their place, but like you, I usually prefer the monochrome version. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, @fgassette! I think it’s that exposure of the details that draws me to the black and white photography. There’s less distraction from the colors. πŸ™‚

  1. Love them both. It’s like trying to choose between dark chocolate and dark chocolate with your favorite add in!

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