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

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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  1. AnaLuciaSilva says

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

    1. BobR says

      Thanks, and fair enough. I like that one too. 🙂

  2. idiotphotographer says

    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.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks for taking my side 🙂 Interesting, between comments and tweets, it’s about 50-50.

  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.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks – now I’m starting to lean towards the color version. 🙂 Happy New Year to you!


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