This is a recent shot. I cannot decide whether it works better in color or B&W (or whether it works at all). Please let me know your opinion and critique and edit as you deem appropriate.
Depends on what you had in mind Antonio. You took it as color, keep it in color. If you took with B&W in mind (of course at the moment when you took the photograph) keep it B&W. Of course digital photography is a wonderful thing with many opportunities, but also kind of gives something indefinite. Before it was simple, you had B&W or color film. Now we mostly end with a digital color photograph that we can process in so many ways.This is a recent shot. I cannot decide whether it works better in color or B&W (or whether it works at all). Please let me know your opinion and critique and edit as you deem appropriate.
So, the consensus seems to be that it works better in B&W. I agree, and I thank everybody for taking the time to comment.
Will: Your suggestion about sharpening and a levels adjustment is right on the money, but the problem is not that the photo is not sufficiently sharpened, but rather than the only part that is in focus is the rose. The photo was shot with the Lumix 20mm at 1.7 at a fairly short distance, and the depth of field does not extend beyond the rose. This was done, in part, to make sure the statuette of the Virgin Mary was rendered very out of focus, and also because the shot was taken in very low light. A smaller aperture would have rendered more of the rock behind the rose in focus and may have worked better.
John1027: Tried your suggestion of leaving some of the color in the rose. Makes for an interesting shot, but I believe I like the straight b&w better.
Thank you all kindly.
Wouter,Not so fast Antonio. Maybe you didn't read my question. You know tried to figure out what worked best in post-processing, but did you have a B&W or color photograph in mind when you took it? All too often I think people use B&W as a solution to fix a photograph that didn't work to well in color.
And why do think it works better in B&W?
Exactly Antonio. With film visualizingthe photograph was very important. You either used B&W or color film and very often you exposed with the end result in mind. Digital creates a lot of new options, but also kind of postpones the permanent moment of a photograph. With film it was definite. B&W or color, with digital when not previsualized, it is something that is eventually determined in the end (with always the option to do it differently).I took a photo seminar a year ago, and the teacher placed great emphasis on visualizing the photograph before triggering the shutter. I believe that is what you are also getting at, and is a concept we would all do well to put into practice.