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Aspens against the sky....
Posted By: clarenceclose, 01-26-2008, 10:48 PM

This was taken on today's hike/snowshoeing on a local trail.
I love the starkness of the aspens and the day turned out beautiful.

Would appreciate your comments one way or the other....
Which do you prefer, the color or the black and white shot?
Thanks

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01-26-2008, 10:53 PM   #2
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Without their leaves I think the B&W image is more striking. Did you use a red filter to bring out the clouds?
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Wow those are striking photo's clarence I really can't decide they both look great well done. I think if I had to pick one I would go with the color - the sky is great.
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Clarence, they are both really nice but I'll go with the color. The white bark against the blue sky.......

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The blue sky works out well with such a clarity of branches. Enjoy this set a lot. B+W is good but not as powerful as the colour version.
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Very nice!

That sky presents a perfect BG for this shot.

When I turned on the TV yesterday morning a fellow named Art Wolfe (I probably should have already known the name) was photographing leafless aspens.

Your shot would have fit right in. Well done!
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Both are beautiful photos. I liked the color one bst.

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I prefer both! Here is why:
The color version is just stunning, the color constrast between the tree trunks and the sky just makes it pop. It has this cold, clean and clear, frosty winter-air look to it.
The B&W version is totally different, there is something threatening about it, you'd want to watch your back when walking in this forest!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ole Quote
I prefer both! Here is why:
The color version is just stunning, the color constrast between the tree trunks and the sky just makes it pop. It has this cold, clean and clear, frosty winter-air look to it.
The B&W version is totally different, there is something threatening about it, you'd want to watch your back when walking in this forest!

Ditto. Ole does a good job explaining my reaction as well. The B/W version is somewhat surreal, but cool.
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Both are stunning in their unique ways - thank you for sharing!

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Thank you very much for your inputs..

I used a polarizing filter on the initial color shot to deepen the sky and bring out the clouds.

It is a clear cold winter day so the humidity was low giving me this nice clear sky.

A green filter was used in Photoshop to convert this to a black and white as it gave the intense black to the sky.

Ole...interesting comment on the sinister feel to the black and white. I knew there was something but could not put it to words...until you described it as such.

Thank you all again.
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