Look at the profound differences between the color and the black and white versions of this photograph. On one we agree. On the other, not so much.
Susan says, “The color photo is understated and subtle. The blues, grays, greens and browns create a soft delicacy. The light green buds have the fragility of new growth. In the black and white version of the photo there is stark contrast between the grey needles and the white buds. The softness and subtlety of color is replaced by something closer to menace. The needles seem sharper, tipped in white and claw-like and the buds are like grasping hands. And yet it is the same photo transformed from the beauty new birth to horrify threat. Think about how making changes to a photo can make it a better representative your presentation needs.”
Lucia says, “I’m with Susan about her description of the color photo. I debated creating a black and white photo from it because of how much I liked the ‘understated and subtle’ qualities. Even so, I could see the potential for a compelling black and white interpretation. I could tell that it would transform nicely. I don’t have the same reaction that Susan had to it. I don’t see a menacing threat. I see something pleasing to the eye. For me, it’s a beautiful photo of shapes, shades, and contrasts. Don’t shy away from a photo that provokes differing reactions. It could be the impetus for a lively discussion.”
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