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Old Jul 16, 2014, 6:56 PM   #1
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Default Wind Power-Color or B & W?

I took this photo yesterday while traveling at 75MPH on an interstate highway, so it's not the most spectacular shot I've ever gotten.
However, I really loved the juxtaposition of new and old ways that wind has been harnessed. I can't decide if it's better in color or black and white? Any opinions?
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Old Jul 16, 2014, 10:48 PM   #2
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I'd try blending them so the new mill is in color and the old one in B&W or Sepia. Nice capture.
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Very interesting picture. I might try doing a graduated fading of the color from left to right, though there may not be enough separation between the two windmills to make it work well.

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I'd try blending them so the new mill is in color and the old one in B&W or Sepia. Nice capture.
Yes, that would be interesting to see. I like both treatments.
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I like the B&W.
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......well, I do not like 'spot' color images so I won't vote for that.

I do like the B&W, it does get my vote here.
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......well, I do not like 'spot' color images so I won't vote for that.
Agree that spot color was a fad that seems to have largely faded for all but select photos. The reflective B&W Bride with a colorful bouquet for instance. For the above image it's not spot color as much as trying to use color to accentuate the juxtaposition of old and new. Like VT mentioned though, there may not be enough separation between the mills. I would give it a shot with Angie's permission.
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Agree that spot color was a fad that seems to have largely faded for all but select photos. The reflective B&W Bride with a colorful bouquet for instance. For the above image it's not spot color as much as trying to use color to accentuate the juxtaposition of old and new. Like VT mentioned though, there may not be enough separation between the mills. I would give it a shot with Angie's permission.
I would love to see what could be done with this, my post-processing skills are somewhat limited in that area!
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At one time, I played around with a trial version of some software that made for easy color and B&W in the same shot. I didn't keep the software, and I don't even remember the name of it. It was fun to play with, but there are only certain types of shots that the technique actually would improve the scene. And I think that your scene would be worth a try at it.

Here is one example where I used the software to create a color/b&w version of a shot:
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Here are a couple different versions created in PhotoShop. The photos were opened as layers (color on bottom). Both versions use layer masks and the gradient tool to create the apparent fade from B&W to color.

For the second one the B&W layer was opened in Silver Efex Pro and converted to the old-time grainy appearance. As VT suggested there wasn't much space between them and there had to be a little manual brushing on the masks. I suppose we can argue whether it's effective or not but to really find out it would take full res images, more time, and printing at something like 16x20.

Thanks for the project Angie. A very cool image no matter how you spin it.
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