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cant decide does mono kill the impact of the image
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B&W can work exceptionally well on some images, and can be equally unsuitable on others. It all depends on the subject, and to an extent, the tonal range.
Depends what you want to portray.
Generally, mono will enhance some images by concentrating the viewer's attention on shape, form, texture and contrasts without the distraction of colour. Works for some subjects but not for all.
A research survey a few years ago in an London exhibition showed that, after normalising for other factors, people spent on average twice as long looking at a mono photograph than a colour one.
One picture is worth thousand words they say:
This image was taken at Philip Island Classics 2013, Australia. A couple of old steel grey Daimler cars. The cars would look almost exactly the same in color - but with added distraction of green grass, color banners, blue sky the eye just would slid off them. Here, being taken on B&W film they have an authentic "classic" feel - at least for me. Some may disagree - and that will just confirm that there are no ironclad standards in color use.
Its job to decide at this size, they both work for me for different reasons, the colour version smacks you in the face while the B&W makes you look deeper and its easier to pick out other things like facial expressions and so on.
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