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Subject: [Leica] Speaking of color and BW
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Fri May 7 17:59:59 2004

Interesting. I don't know that I necessarily disagree. I'm genetically
partial to bw, I think, but I like the muted colors...I did do a
multiply layer on the background, darkening the yellow chair
considerably as it was distracting - did the same thing in the bw

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Douglas M. Sharp
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2004 8:42 PM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Speaking of color and BW

Personally I prefer the cloured version, probably due to the fact that 
the colours are in monochromatic blocks without any disturbing patterns
in the main subject. If the girls dress had been strongly patterned and 
your sons sweatshirt, say, a bright red this would IMO have distracted
away from the faces and made the BW version the better one. Douglas

The german language has a nice way of distinguishing colour schemes 
"bunt" meaning bright, brash, hectic colours (what used to be said of 
the first
Fuji films) and "Farbig" showing the true colours in a decent tonal 
distribution. The expressions Buntbilder and Farbbilder adequately and 
describe the difference.

B. D. Colen schrieb:

>I just posted four new images at 
>The first two, of my younger son and his girl friend, were shot as bw 
>with the C8080 - the third and fourth, of older son and his girl 
>friend, are the same photo, first as shot in color - 800 asa, with E-1,

>and then converted to bw using the FredMiranda action. Both the color 
>and BW version were adjusted similarly in Photoshop. So does color add,

>or distract? We give you the images - you decide! :-)
>B. D.

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