Lake Bohinj: in Color, or Black & White? Pic du Jour

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Late morning mist and reflection, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia, 29-Dec-2012 – b&w

Late morning mist and reflection, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia, 29-Dec-2012

I took this photo six years ago yesterday during a hike around Slovenia’s Lake Bohinj, one of the most beautiful corners of this country of many beautiful corners. I really liked how the late morning mist was beginning to rise from the slowly melting frost. For a snap from a Canon point & shoot set to automatic, the colors worked out remarkably well.

While looking through old hard drives a few days ago I reacquainted myself with the original file and played around a bit to see how it would look in black & white. I didn’t spend too much time with it – after straightening and cropping it a bit I chose to only make some slight contrast adjustments, before and after desaturation. I’m not very well versed in post-production and prefer to focus more on how the image will leave the camera.

All the elements here lend themselves nicely to black & white and I think I prefer the monochrome version. Thoughts?

Here’s a link to the original post back in late December 2006, just a few weeks after launching Piran Café, and here’s another when Gadling picked it as their Photo of the Day.

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11 Responses to " Lake Bohinj: in Color, or Black & White? Pic du Jour "

  1. Amazing shots! Congrats =) I personally prefer colour in this case 😉

  2. I like the color, if only because the subject is already black and white and the blue lends it an other-worldly look and gives it more depth. Excellent capture over all! It really looks good either way.

  3. restlessjo says:

    No brainer! Scintillating colour for me, please.

  4. icastel says:

    I’m with you, mono looks best 🙂

  5. Eclipse says:

    Although the both are really amazing, there’s something special with the black & white one.

  6. jmmcdowell says:

    Libra me likes them both! To my eye, the color is already such a deep blue that the photo is approaching a “black and white state” as it is. But if I must choose, that deep blue gives the photo some extra depth.

Thoughts?

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