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Josh Sanders's picture

High-Key Color or B+W?

This is a shot taken in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It was around sunset, but the light still wasn't great and there wasn't any interest in the sky--not much color and no clouds. I've been playing around with it and I don't think it lends itself to my normal editing styles, so I've tried 2 different edits that are more experimental for me--one is (an attempt at) a high-key look in color and the other is a black and white conversion. This is really my first serious attempt at either of these techniques, so any criticism and suggestions is much appreciated! Which do you prefer?

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Josh Sanders's picture

I should also add that I know there are sensor dust spots on the B+W that I haven't cleaned up yet.

Broken Canon Art & Photography's picture

Let me guess, Sony camera.. I prefer the B&W over the color version because the color version seems to be cutting off or outlined around the cliff edge, very similar to that of a cookie cutter. which is typical of a sony camera.

Josh Sanders's picture

It was actually shot on a Nikon D750. I think the "cutout" effect your seeing is likely due to some heavy-handed post-processing on my part in the transition from the land to an almost white background. I can see if I can go back and smooth the edges a bit and ease the transition. Thanks for the comment!

Justin Miller's picture

I strongly prefer the black and white. I think if the sky exposure were brought down to match its reflection in the water I could go for it. Great shot

Josh Sanders's picture

Thanks for the input Justin! I think I actually brought the exposure in the sky down more than anywhere else, but I'll play around with it to see if I can find more balance between the sky and water.

The black & white is my favorite