Black and White Sunday: After and Before

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High tide in Porthleven

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Does your focus change in one photo to the other? Does colour enhance the composition or distract you? What changes? I’d like to know your impressions.

And if you would like to see more After and Before images then please visit Paula.

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    For me, the inn is the focus in b&w. The dark, blocky pier takes over in colour. I like the b&w one better.

  2. Prefer the B&W. It equalises everything in the photo.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes. I feel the colour ‘blobs’ interfere with the overall picture so you are right in that the B&W stops that.

  3. mickzwo says:

    I prefer the coloured version.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Any particular reason why?

      1. mickzwo says:

        Ja, in dem Fall geben die farbigen Akzente dem Bild Struktur. Ohne diese Struktur wÀre das Photo nur grau. Das Drohende durch das Meer ist sowieso gegeben. Die Farbe macht die Situation meines Erachtens noch deutlicher. Sorry, my english is too bad. I can tell you that only in german 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          OK. I think I get that (if the translator I used is correct) and thank you for explaining. I suppose the colour does give the photo structure.

  4. beetleypete says:

    I agree with Anabel. The pier takes over in colour.
    The B&W shot feels timeless, the colour one more modern. Despite the fact that both could have been taken ever since colour film was available. I would like more like this now and again.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. beetleypete says:

      If you exclude the TV aerial on the pub of course…

      1. Heyjude says:

        At least it’s not a satellite dish so we can pretend it is 1950!

    2. Heyjude says:

      The black and white does look as though it could have been taken 100 years ago. Nothing to draw your eye from the inn and the pier.

  5. Colour always wins for me with coastal photos, the blue of the sky and the red of the lifebuoy bring the photo to life.

  6. Paula says:

    The one in colour makes me look at the horizon, in monochrome I focus on the foreground. This conversion really makes a difference. Very glad you could join me for the challenge, Jude. Thank you. I hope you’ll have a good week in spite of weather.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Paula, I love how your challenges actually challenge people. My favourite here is the black and white as it looks like something from a bygone age.

  7. I love both versions of the photo, but for different reasons. I think that the small details stand out more clearly in the black and white photo. At the same time, the tone of the black and white photo seems more bleak – I didn’t get that same feeling from the color photo. One thing I thought was interesting was the bright red lifesaving ring in the color photo. The red color was so vivid, and it was one of the first things I noticed. In comparison, in the black and white version, it appears white – I didn’t even notice it at first. It is really interesting to see how different our perceptions are based on color. Thanks for this challenge, Jude!

    1. You’ve said everything I wanted to say!!

    2. Heyjude says:

      Thank you for all you thoughts Susan, I appreciate the time taken to examine the photos. It was actually quite a bleak day – cold with a raw wind, so maybe the B&W is truer to the day!

  8. Sue Slaght says:

    The contrast is more prominent in the black and white but I’m for the colour every time. So warm and rich.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Colour seems to be winning πŸ™‚

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The black and white one is about the structures and composition for me, the colour one is about details. The waves, the man and the life belt thingy all stand out, even the ropes, so for one I prefer the colour, it makes me look longer!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Interesting how we all see things differently, you and others like those pops of colour whereas they irritate me and Sylvia on this occasion, but yes the colour version does hold more interest.

  10. The B&W works really well.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Andrew, I like the B&W. Feels as though it could be from another age.

  11. KerryCan says:

    I’ve been to Porthleven and I think I like the color photo because it makes me think of a postcard of a place I enjoyed.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, it is a pretty harbour, even better in sunshine!

  12. Denzil says:

    The white cottage stands out more in the colour photo, to my eyes anyway.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Denzil. I believe the colour version is winning!

  13. I love the white cottage in both but it is highlighted more in the B & W photograph.
    The overflow of the river seems more powerful too. Both are wonderful photographs.
    Isadora 😎

  14. I like the colour photo. The red pops and I love the way the sky fades into the horizon.

  15. restlessjo says:

    You know my response, I suspect πŸ™‚ The black and white looks cold and uninviting to me, but the colour in the sky and that lovely pop of red makes me want to be there. I always love watching waves break over a pier so I’d be there anyway, but in the first photo I’d need a big scarf πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      The waves breaking over the pier was the reason we wandered down there, the bonus was finding the surfers! I rather like the B&W as it seems timeless. But yes, I am not surprised you prefer colour πŸ™‚

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