Last week, Jodi at MCP Actions asked how her readers view the world — in Black & White or in Color. I thought the question was intriguing and my own personal answer has been on my mind as I participate in Project 365.
A few of my photos have been black & white, but the vast majority are in color. I mostly used the black & white option to hide some terrible lighting issues my photos had at the time. The sun has been a rare thing around these parts this week and it is starting to weigh down my photos.
Yesterday's shot, however, is the first one that has truly stumped me. I know my general preference is towards color–the more bright and vibrant the better. I do have a soft spot for soft pastels and a dreamy color palette. But I'm especially picky about black & white–I like them crisp but not overly stark. Too often, my own black & white efforts just appear muddy and grey.
This photo of the hydrangeas from my deck is the first one where I can't decide which direction is more appropriate for the shot:
I actually really like the bit of warmth the natural tones of the plant give the photo. The petals from the dried up flowers seem delicate to me against the harsh snowy background.
But then there's this option:
The whole thing is crisp and stark (which is just how January has been feeling to me) but I wonder if it is overly harsh in contrast.
I think I'm especially torn between the two because neither one reflects the color palette I love the most. I need to just survive this winter and I know that come spring, my photography efforts will have a bigger emotional payoff.
So which one do you prefer?
Are you a full spectrum kind of person or do you prefer black & white?