Color or Black & White?

I was so intrigued by the ever-changing scene at Oxbow Bend that I decided share one more shot…well this shot ended up becoming two different photographs.  After going down close to the water for the first reflection shots I went back up to the viewing deck to shoot a few shots.  The cloud movement made for a very dramatic sky but I had to hurry to get in a few shots before the clouds covered Mt. Moran.

I started processing this photo and the clouds looked great, but I thought I would convert it to black & white to see if I could make the clouds more dramatic.  I think the black & white looks a little more dramatic and gives the scene an Ansel Adams feel to the photo.  That’s my opinion anyway.  Now I’m not sure which one I like better.

What are your thoughts?  I’d love to hear your opinion on the shot.

Oxbow Bend - B&W - @Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.
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Capture Notes:

  • Camera:  Canon EOS 5D Mk II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L USM
  • ISO: 50
  • Focal Length:  58 mm
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec., -2EV
  • Post Processing:  Aperture – Various curve adjustments, sized to 16X9 format, (B&W conversion), sized for the web.

If you missed it yesterday on Google+ or Facebook I created a panorama of Oxbow Bend available for print from my store.  The panorama was made from 3 shots to give you enough detail for a large size gallery print for your home or office.  It’s currently available in my store for ordering.


Oxbow Bend Sunrise Panorama
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6 thoughts on “Color or Black & White?

  1. Thanks for the feedback. It’s like ice cream flavors. Yesterday I wanted chocolate, today I want vanilla. They both taste good!

  2. Black and White wins. As I was looking at that first shot I said to myself ‘Ansel Adams’. And then I read the blog – images like this are so reminiscent of the great man and this one is a really great mountainscape. Nice work, Rick.

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