Sunday, October 25, 2009

Gloomy Days

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Sometimes I like taking pictures when the sky is dark and gloomy. I like those moody shots that almost look black and white. Today I'm posting two such shots. I would love to hear people's opinions about which they like better, the original or the black and white version.
The pictures are of a flock of geese flying south and a statue of Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.
I was getting an overdose of color these week so now it's time for Monochrome Weekly, which is hosted by Aileni.
All pictures can be clicked for a larger view.

27 comments:

  1. I like the first two photos with just that slight touch of color best.

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  2. ca sent le froid cette migration...

    jolies photos..

    bon dimanche

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  3. So interesting James . . . I took a photo this week which I thought I would use for Monochrome Weekly. It, like yours (only with different subject matter) came out almost monochrome despite it being, in theory at least - in colour. One has to enlarge it a lot and peer very closely to see it was not taken in black and white . . . So I changed it to 'proper' black and white . . . and didn't like it at all. I flicked back and forward and hummed and haa-ed and, in the end, decided I really couldn't edit out the very subtle tones of the original without taking something crucial away, even if they are hardly perceptible. So I have, rather sadly and reluctantly, given Monochrome Weekly a miss this week and have gone for a (diferent) full colour picture today instead.

    How fascinating that we have hit this dilemma simultaneously.

    I looked up our respective locations. They are a latitude apart but, from your photos, our seasons seem to be running in parallel.

    Of your geese photos - I very definitely like the top one best.

    Lucy

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  4. i like the black and white ones..

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  5. The differences are very subtle. I can hardly see a difference in geese picture, but that may just be my eyes. I like the second both ways.
    I guess our minds were thinking in B & W today!
    Sunny :)

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  6. Black and White always ::))) All nice though!

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  7. I like the black and white. Little was lost in converting from color to black and white in these images. Both are very nice. And, often the viewer's eye/brain will fill in hues unconsciously.

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  8. I prefer the color version,
    in particular the second
    for the slight nuances of the sky.
    Magnificent!

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  9. Hey! HEY! I'm down here! Take me with you!

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  10. They look great in B/W James, doesn't show how gloomy it was and the birds just make the sky so exciting. Have a happy weekend.

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  11. For the geese...I really can't see a difference. Both photos look great. But, I think I prefer the color version the best, although both are excellent. I like that hint of silver-blue on the horizon. I think it adds just a hint of drama as the eye moves downward. It's a bit of a surprise from the expected. So...that's my story and I'm sticking to it! :)

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  12. Nice one of the statue; I'm going to have to go back and read up on the Revolutionary War, busy working through your Civil War at the moment.

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  13. I love moody shots. The flock of geese and the statue are both well suited to be photographed against the dark sky.

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  14. I like the originals, I think they're great. That was my initial reaction, before I read your explanation and question.

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  15. I'd go for the original shots. Very gloomy and lovely!

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  16. Definitely the first two. I'm with you on those grayed out skies and images.

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  17. It's amazing how the birds migrate. Their ligning is really a mystery. The photos are great.

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  18. They are great both in colour and in mono. But the last one is best in monochrome - most dramatic. Well done :)

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  19. Hmmm...I guess I will go with the black and white.

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  20. I love these photos. The second one with a touch of color is just awesome :) Well done my friend :)

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  21. It was a gloomy day here today, lots of mist which allowed me a interesting shot of the city. I think I like the top two the best...I think those are the colored one??

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  22. Either of the geese pictures, but I also prefer the statue silhouette with a touch of color - or maybe it is because of the way the b&w makes the filtered sun so much more prominent.

    http://threeriversdailyphoto.blogspot.com

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  23. A migratory bird draws a beautiful arc and flies.
    It seems to continue to the outside of the photograph.

    The endless cloud which I see under a bronze statue is impressive.

    The both works are impressive.

    Thank you.

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  24. 'Wild goose, brother goose, which is best...?'

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  25. Not very much difference between the "color" and b&w...but I think the b&w is starker and sharper and thus looks better...

    And you're right about dark and gloomy...often creates new and different photo opportunities.

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  26. I like the first ones with a hint of colour. Especially the one with statue is so great with grey skies gradully sliding to the subtle colours of the horizon. It kinda highlights the greyness of the day.

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