05.01.20-2 Cascade Two-ways

This is the downstream cascade I mentioned with the waterfall images. I did a few sections here too, but I think the whole works a little better.  I’ll share the others tomorrow and see  what you think.

At first I thought this was best as a black and white image and went right for that.

The cascade and rock were my prime elements so I processed the file for them to stand out and the rest to recede, so to speak.

But once I had it uploaded, I started to think maybe the color image would be a bit more interesting so processed a second time. Two different moods but which would you rather be sitting in by the water while daydreaming?

I did make a companion video for this but I think you know what it sounds like by now.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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21 Responses to 05.01.20-2 Cascade Two-ways

  1. At first I could go either way, but after a lot of switching back and forth between the two images, I like the b&w better…reason being the water has very little color anyway, and so the color in the rocks and trees stands out more in the color image and draws my attention away from the water. In the b&w my attention stays with the cascade. Love them both.

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    • Thanks, Bob. I’d say the numbers are pretty evenly split between here and FB. If I ever print it I’ll have a tough decision to make. I lean toward the black and white also but like the color almost as well.


  2. The black and white seems to concentrate attention more on the white of the water.

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  3. Both are great! I love the silky water with the rough texture of the rock and forest. B&W always comes off a little more artsy! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Denise. That was my feeling immediately upon composing the image. It seemed meant for black and white and I often feel that an image should be one or the other. But there are exceptions. 🙂


  4. krikitarts says:

    I’d rather be sitting off to the side in the second one and contemplating the warm tones of the forest and its floor. If I then wanted a monochrome fantasy diversion, I’d have only to tunnel my vision to the lower half of the scene. I’d call that a win-win!

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  5. Ms. Liz says:

    Very pretty either way.


  6. shoreacres says:

    I’ll take the second, because it’s colors accord better with what I see in that big, square rock — a nice dinner roll, with whole oats scattered across its top. (So much for high-powered art criticism!)

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    • Well, I do like oat bread and rolls so I can see that too. As far as critiques go, if it makes you hungry then that sounds like a good thing.
      Maybe if Bob (texasflashdude) is following the comments he’ll weigh in on that. 😉


  7. Todd Henson says:

    Tough call choosing between these, but after some reflection I think I’m more drawn to the color version. Couldn’t really articulate why, though.

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    • There doesn’t have to be a reason. “I can’t tell you why, but I know what I like” seems like it would fit. 🙂 As I mentioned above, I generally feel one should decide on the format for an image and stick with it or switch entirely but sometimes it does work both ways.


  8. Ann Mackay says:

    The contrast between the dark rocks and the white water adds drama to the B&W version. Both are great, though!

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    The color image appeals to me more, and your remark about the video made me laugh. 🙂

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  10. Dave Ply says:

    Nice both ways. It’s a quandary when you try something in B/W and it looks as good as the color version – which to publish?

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    • Yes. I usually figure it should be one or the other, make up your mind, s*** or get off the pot, so to speak. Occasionally though there is something that works either way. I think I’ve showed you some flowers that fit that description.

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