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Black and White VS. Color

It is interesting how much difference making a photo black and white instead of color can change the whole feel of the shot. I like this shot both ways, in color and in black and white, but I do think the feel is more, I don't know, mysterious or something in the black and white version.

Take a long and tell me which one you like best.

Photo by Angel Sharum (me)

I do like the colors of the theater. I especially like the part of the building with the number twelve on it. I also like the perspective. I should, since I chose it, huh? :)

Photo by Angel Sharum (me)

But then look at this one. Doesn't the black and white just give the photo a little extra something? It does to me. I really like this photo even though it's not a particularly inspiring subject.

So, what is your preference? Black and white version or the color version.

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sandyresearch wrote on August 3, 2014, 4:05 PM

I like the black and white because when I think of cinema, and probably because of my age, I think black and white. They seem to go together. That said, the color one is appealing: almost an art deco thing and I can see the value and beauty of it too. Nice photos. Thanks for asking. This was fun.

Kasman wrote on August 3, 2014, 4:12 PM

The black and white image looks as if it has been taken at night under a strong moonlight. I prefer the colour image - it looks more natural.

Ellis wrote on August 3, 2014, 4:29 PM

The subject matter lends itself nicely to Black & White...maybe it's the art deco type of architecture reminiscence of the 1920s...

AngelSharum wrote on August 3, 2014, 4:54 PM

I've heard that before as well but I don't really know a lot about it either.

AngelSharum wrote on August 3, 2014, 4:55 PM

Thank you. Don't get me wrong, I like both photos as well, the black and white is just my favorite.

AngelSharum wrote on August 3, 2014, 4:55 PM

That's just the way the editing process did it. I kinda like the effect.

AngelSharum wrote on August 3, 2014, 4:56 PM

I think you are probably right. The style of building helps with the black and white photo.

Kasman wrote on August 3, 2014, 6:35 PM

Maybe if there had been some clouds in the sky it would have looked less like a night shot.

BarbRad wrote on August 3, 2014, 7:49 PM

I like color better except when there's a very good reason to make a photo black and white. I just love colors.

Feisty56 wrote on August 3, 2014, 8:37 PM

Which photo, color or black-and-white, depends on the context you are using it in, or the story/mood you are trying to evoke, yes? Of this particular subject, I prefer the color photo because it looks happy and inviting whereas the black-and-white brings thoughts of abandonment and discord.

allen0187 wrote on August 3, 2014, 9:39 PM

I guess it depends on what you are trying to portray with the photo. Both colored and black and white photos work for me and I think both look real great.

AngelSharum wrote on August 3, 2014, 10:39 PM

I often write stories that are dark like that so maybe that's why I like the black and white best.

AngelSharum wrote on August 3, 2014, 10:40 PM

Thanks. I really don't have plans to use the photos for anything yet, but I'm glad people like both of them.

Brenda wrote on August 4, 2014, 10:00 AM

When I see the black an white photo I see the lettering first and I noticed in the color photo the gray and white building first not the colored lettering. Hmm. I really like the black and white. I'm not sure why. Maybe because its more soothing to the eye.

bridgetidelaney wrote on August 4, 2014, 11:41 AM

It definitely makes a difference.

nbaquero wrote on August 7, 2014, 6:59 AM

angelsharum It is a matter of getting used to one or another, I remember when TV was in black & white, we wished it had colors, now that color TV is the norm, we enjoy more the occasional show in B&W . In this case, I like the B&W pic a little more because it highlights the building structure, but I also like the orange on the color photo.