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Lake Bohinj: in Color, or Black & White? Pic du Jour

Late morning mist and reflection, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia, 29-Dec-2012 – b&w

Late morning mist and reflection, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia, 29-Dec-2012

I took this photo six years ago yesterday during a hike around Slovenia’s Lake Bohinj, one of the most beautiful corners of this country of many beautiful corners. I really liked how the late morning mist was beginning to rise from the slowly melting frost. For a snap from a Canon point & shoot set to automatic, the colors worked out remarkably well.

While looking through old hard drives a few days ago I reacquainted myself with the original file and played around a bit to see how it would look in black & white. I didn’t spend too much time with it – after straightening and cropping it a bit I chose to only make some slight contrast adjustments, before and after desaturation. I’m not very well versed in post-production and prefer to focus more on how the image will leave the camera.

All the elements here lend themselves nicely to black & white and I think I prefer the monochrome version. Thoughts?

Here’s a link to the original post back in late December 2006, just a few weeks after launching Piran Café, and here’s another when Gadling picked it as their Photo of the Day.

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  1. December 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm — Reply

    Amazing shots! Congrats =) I personally prefer colour in this case ;)

    • December 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm — Reply

      Thanks, and fair enough. I like that one too. :)

  2. December 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    I like the color, if only because the subject is already black and white and the blue lends it an other-worldly look and gives it more depth. Excellent capture over all! It really looks good either way.

  3. December 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    No brainer! Scintillating colour for me, please.

    • December 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm — Reply

      :) Thanks!

  4. December 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm — Reply

    I’m with you, mono looks best :)

    • December 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm — Reply


  5. December 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm — Reply

    Although the both are really amazing, there’s something special with the black & white one.

    • December 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm — Reply

      Thanks for taking my side :) Interesting, between comments and tweets, it’s about 50-50.

  6. December 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm — Reply

    Libra me likes them both! To my eye, the color is already such a deep blue that the photo is approaching a “black and white state” as it is. But if I must choose, that deep blue gives the photo some extra depth.

    • January 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm — Reply

      Thanks – now I’m starting to lean towards the color version. :) Happy New Year to you!

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