Friday, October 24, 2014

Saturday Snapshots - Color Versus Black & White

Recently, a group of fellow authors created a photo-sharing Facebook page. Participants post photos that they're willing to share with other writers for use in promotions, book cover creation, blog posts, etc. Here are two versions of a picture I contributed.

It's amazing how the mood of the photo changed when I converted it from color to black and white. What had been an inviting path through a grove of trees turned into a forbidding forest. Now I'm going to try removing the color from more photos to see what I get. Should be fun! 
(FYI: I took this picture several years ago on a visit to Cumberland Island, Georgia.) 






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18 comments:

Brona Joy said...

Two very different moods!
The B & W highlights the shadows & makes the ferns appear more alien.

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I might try this - it's very atmospheric. I'd rather walk there in the first photo!

Frances Stiles said...

I've always been partial to black and white. It somehow adds a dimension that isn't there in a color photo. Something about the shadows. There's a story hiding in that photo! Have a great weekend, Sandra!

jacquie said...

What a difference in mood, right? Love them both but especially love the moodiness of the black and white:)

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

It really is a huge difference. I have always been a colour photo fan and never really liked B&W but I am slowly turning that mid set off after seeing some of the wonderful B&W photos on our little group. I love the effect of the second photo and how it changes things up. Its almost like looking at negatives (Remember those things that us oldies used to have before digital cameras came along)

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow! The black and white forest looks so sinister....perfect for the cover of a creepy book! LOL

Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

Jane Hanbury said...

Both photos are very nice. I find trees are great objects to photograph in b&w.

grammajudyb said...

That B&W photo is spooky! I like it though.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I agree. I enjoy playing with different effects on Photoshop, and I thought this one was especially interesting.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Me too! I never would have thought of that path as being sinister... until I converted it to B&W.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I haven't been a fan of black and white in the past, but I'm starting to see the beauty in its starkness.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I do remember negatives! Although I enjoy B&W, I generally like color photos best.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This is one of my first attempts at black and white, but I am pleased with the way the B&W photo turned out.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Looks spooky to me too (even though the actual setting wasn't spooky at all.)

Leovi said...

Wow, wonderful road with bare trees and twisted !! Wonderful photo !!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks, Jacquie. Me too.

Allison said...

As everyone else has noted, your experiment has turned the trees into terrors. The black and white photo makes me think of scary scenes in stories where characters are tossed about by trees.

I have a friend who used to play with black and white to create a pleasant old-fashioned feel to photos. So, black and white doesn't have to creep one out.

It'll be interesting to see what effect removing color from other photos will have. What types of atmosphere will appear in different photos?

Katherine P said...

Love this! There's definitely an eerie quality you get in black and white that you just can't get in color.