I liked the first iteration of this photography series so much that I decided to make another one already. When I put together my post full of misty tree pictures, I also made black and white versions of each photo, and couldn’t decide which was better. Plus, I wanted to flex my newly acquired Photoshop skills that mean I can now create composites of two photos split vertically or diagonally (it’s way more complicated than it should be, trust me).
I like the way the tree looks like it’s being blown out frame. The monochrome photo is very eerie, but the gentle blue tones of the colour version represent the early dawn light well, and I like that too.
This is probably a silly one to compare, because I prefer the black and white picture immensely. When I make a photo black and white, I usually make the lines clearer so the detail can stand out. In a colour version, this crowds the lines and makes a photo look dirty, but I think it enhances monochrome photos a lot while they still look clean.
Ah, this is great picture. In fact, it was one of my favourites from last year. I didn’t even think to take the colour out until recently, but I think this one is better in colour. The blue-yellow transition from dawn sky to sun-soaked mist is perfect and you do lose that in the monochrome version. But the black and white version is so dark and twisted, which might come in useful sometime (when I’m looking for a picture to illustrate a despairing political post, perhaps).
This one is great. I like how the whole tree is contained in the frame, and that you get a full perspective on the misty backdrop. As is a running theme of this blog post, the black and white version is especially striking, but the colour version just has more life in it. They somehow suggest totally different moods, different seasons, different times of day, which is cool given that the bare bones are obviously the same.
I love the depth in this picture. I love how far back the layers of trees go, and the branches crawling into the foreground of the frame from the side. The black and white version is bold, but I think the layers are preserved better in the colour version, and avoid the main almost-centre tree becoming an unwanted standout.
This one makes me wonder if I could have made a better colour version. I considered axing this comparison from the post, because the colour version is so bland, but I liked the black and white version a lot so decided to keep it in. That’s the problem with mist; it can either add to the ethereal mood of a picture or become a dull haze that only serves to mute the colours and the details – it’s a fine balance.
I think this is my favourite of the set, and I cannot choose between the two versions. I love them both. I like how the yellow mist streams onto the soft green grass, but I also like how the blocks of gentle sunlight are so clearly demarcated in monochrome. I almost don’t want this picture to be eerie. I like the softness, the lightness of it and you lose that in the harsh black and white picture.
Okay, maybe this one’s my favourite. Not to toot my own horn too much, but this is pretty gorgeous. While I thought the above picture benefited from the softness of the muted colours, I think the black and white is most powerful here. The branches winding their way into the frame are brought out by the contrast, and I like how the white mist and black branches intertwine with each other.
This one has a bit more colour, which is nice (I’m usually a fan of bright photographs, as you might have noticed). I still like how the tree seems to be being blown out of frame, and the morning sun and mist that makes all these photos good. Out of this pair, I think the black and white version has the edge, because I love how the branches keep spreading out further and further, silhouetted against the clear sky.
As above. I do like the composition of this photo too; I think it fills the frame better than the similar photo above. I like the patterns of the sun on the grass in the colour version, but I do like how the monochrome version gives the tiny branches more prominence.
When I put together my post full of the colour versions of these pictures, I knew I wanted to share the monochrome versions too. I love how the loss or gain of colour can change a picture so drastically, particularly when the subjects are already so bold and eerie. This is a fun format for me to share my pictures, but I would absolutely love any feedback, so let me know your thoughts on these images – or anything, really – in the comments below!