How many times have you heard that a true photographic expression can’t be presented in color – that the only valid way to show emotion or “feelings” in photography is with Black and White? In other words, photographic reality must be Monochrome.
When you think about it, that sounds pretty funny, huh! After all, the reality that we see and experience is in color, unless you are one of the few who don’t have the capacity to experience a full color pallet.
They both are good presentations of the musician but only the color version is a true expression of reality and the emotion that goes with the experience of being there, hearing the music and enjoying the memory of it all.
I’m not criticizing non-color images. If you’ve seen any of my prior posts, you know that I love to do monochromes, duotones, tritones, split toning and a variety of other photographic expressions that are not in true, living, realistic color. All of those alternative methods are simply artistic re-interpretations of reality but don’t express the visual experience as it really is seen.
Another area where color better represents reality is landscape and nature photography. The HDR images below were both worked with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Adobe Photoshop but the monochrome version was enhanced with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.You can see that in this case, the monochrome image lacks the vibrant visual draw of the color image. It’s still a nice artistic expression but not realistic by any means.
For the two images below, I took the color version and loaded it into Adobe Camera Raw and did split toning with the highlights as yellow and the shadows as red with the mix toward the highlight end. It produced a nice warm color version. I then used Channel Mixer in Photoshop for a monochrome conversion using the yellow filter to get the image on the right. Again, it’s a nice monochrome with a little more contrast than the one above. A nice artistic version but not realistic.So, what about my statement above; . . . “only the color version is a true expression of reality and the emotion that goes with the experience of being there, . . . and enjoying the memory of it all.”
Please, let me know what you think. I’m sure someone might have a different (visual) perspective.