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A sight worth seeing

By JohnChambersPhotography
I was surprised not to be shot more times on my last upload Durham Cathedral over looking the river Weir, This is the last in that series, it has been an insight to how people see colour and B/W, at times it can change the shot completely showing much more detail in b/w. Many thanks to everyone who took part with votes/comments.

Tags: General Architecture Black and white Landscape and And lighting

Voters: malleader, User_Removed, helenlinda and 32 more

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User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 9:48AM
Super images, looks more dramatic in B/W.
Regards, Alf.

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helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 9:54AM
Colour for me with the golden tones of the lit up cathedral SmileSmile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 9:57AM
Mono for me again.

BrianSS 11 400 39 England
23 Nov 2012 9:58AM
Well . . . . . I don't know which I like the best, to be honest I like both of them, I can't decide between the two! Grin
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 10:14AM
I think colour is quicker to attract an emotional response while the b&w demands more time for us to assemble our thoughts, that extra time allowing us to notice more detail.
That is not meant to be a definitive answer, nor does it hold for all kinds of photographic subject; it just seems to apply here. As you know, I was at Durham University and go to Durham half a dozen times every year: I love the place. To my way of thinking V2 appeals to the heart, V1 to the intellect.
Sorry I can only give you one half vote each Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 10:17AM
V1 for me. I've been thinking a lot about b&w recently.
Did you follow the Landscape Photographer of the Year shenanigans? There was a very interesting comment in Amateur Photographer - the Editor Damien Demolder, discussing what is considered acceptable and what isn't, commented that the disqualified picture with its replacement sky 'was obviously a manipulation, unless David Byrne really did find a black & white beach. How much more of a manipulation of the truth can you get than the removal of that which everyone could have seen colour?'
That stopped me in my tracks. No, I don't see things primarily in colour, black and white seems a perfectly natural way to 'see' to me; maybe it's because our generation grew up in a mono world? Anyway it concentrates on the the things that matter, the elements that I would remember.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 Nov 2012 10:27AM
Another difficult choice to make and my preference keeps swerving from one to another, John: interesting to read the above comments too.
Each appeals on a different level, so this time I am copping out, sitting on the fence and feel either could occupy the V 1 1/2 vote to each.
23 Nov 2012 10:50AM
Some thought provoking comments here.
My first reaction was to choose the colour version but now I am not so sure; thus proving the point made by Bill.
I like both but if I had to choose I would pick the B&W - it seems to suit the subject.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
23 Nov 2012 10:58AM
This is indeed an amazing view !! Very well captured - and I cannot choose between the two versions Smile Both are equally beautiful in their own right ! Great work Smile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
23 Nov 2012 11:10AM
Colour of me with this image, it just seem to have more depth.
Regards Richard
Tibetan 6 3 England
23 Nov 2012 11:30AM
This time John it's V1. mono brings out the tones wonderfully well, and accentuates the street lights which I feel you have not got with colour, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
23 Nov 2012 12:13PM
A fantastic image John. I like the mono image but feel that the colour version has the edge on this occasion
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
23 Nov 2012 12:39PM
Another cracking capture, John, and a very fine mono. However, I do prefer evening / night images in colour, so today the colour wins for me Wink
Trev Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 1:07PM
V2 for me, though the mono works well too.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
23 Nov 2012 1:21PM
During the daylight I would go for the mono on this, John, focussing on the shapes and structures, but as a low-light capture the mono loses that wonderful light on the Cathedral and the warm brown surrounding and contrasting tones.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 2:27PM
I am contrary - this time I prefer the coloured version which has such beautiful light. Super mono processing though.Smile
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 3:19PM
The well lit cathedral looks better in colour for me, John.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
23 Nov 2012 4:11PM
Just my usual boring comment here John.
I prefer the colour !!
Good mono working though.
jdinne 15 16 England
23 Nov 2012 4:19PM
Like them both John, however V2 just takes it for me.

carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 4:43PM
Two super variants, fantastic detail, luv them.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmile
lynks 10 England
23 Nov 2012 5:22PM
V2 Johnboy.Wink
23 Nov 2012 5:37PM
Magnificent capture John.
Both excellent, Im going with mono again.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 8:30PM
Some very interesting comments here John, but i will add that I had already made my mind up before I read them..........V1 for meGrinGrin
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2012 9:17PM
Well, interesting to see the diversity of opinion. It has given me food for thought. So, looking at your picture "from the heart", I favour the colour version in this instance.
Many thanks everyone it just goes to shows is it B/W or colour, I think both at times it all depends on the shot very interesting to read your thoughts, thank you.

Regards John
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
24 Nov 2012 10:57AM
I go along with Moira's comments. I too grew up with Pot Black in b&w and had to learn to see the different nuances in the shades of grey in order to identify the various colours and all the reds. Such things make you appreciate studying b&w images, and you do spend more time looking at them than colour images. I do anyway.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2012 5:39PM
I favour colour too John - I think Dave summed it up when he said that colour works better in the low-light.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2012 10:34PM
They are just different images but I do agree that sometimes the B&W beings out details that one doesn't otherwise see and I think this is one of those occasions - its v1 for me

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