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Old Mar 12, 2004, 1:09 AM   #1
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Old Mar 12, 2004, 6:45 AM   #2
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I think I actually like the vibrant color version better. The primary colors give this photo "punch" that the BW lacks somewhat. I like the bright blue background contrasting the yellow - but what I really like is the little spot of fire red.
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Old Mar 12, 2004, 8:46 AM   #3
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I think I actually like the vibrant color version better.
All the b&w version needs is to have its contrast "pumped up."

Rarely--and maybe even never--does simply desaturating a photo work. What software are you using, Jack? Even if it's not Photoshop, you probably have some options in there, so play around with it.
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i like the color one better too!

but here is a good example of wat barbara was saying about yellow becoming white...or near white....
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Barbara, I'm using photoshop. I actually did one conversion by converting to grayscale, but when I compared it with this desaturated one side by side, I liked this one better. I'm sure the other one was much better from a technical standpoint, but I just liked the way this one made the tank kind of speckley. I was curious why they looked so different though. I just assumed that by desaturating, it would be the same as grayscale. Shows what I know, they were miles apart. In the end though, I'm like the others here. I like the bright colors better.
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Old Mar 12, 2004, 2:15 PM   #6
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Yes, the color version is better.

Seeing as how you have Photoshop, just for more comparison, convert the picture to LAB mode, in the Channels palette select the Lightness channel, then adjust the contrast using Levels. Once you've done this, do the same kind of comparison you did with your earlier grayscale versions. You'll probably see a difference here, too. It'll give you another method of converting to grayscale. I find that the right method isn't always the same one. It seems to depend on each individual photo.
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