A mile down the road…

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…found some fabulous color today. Yet I couldn’t resist also converting to mono…lends an entirely different mood to the image. Fall colors are wonderful with the equivalent of Fuji Velvia film. The leaves were just on fire with the sun hitting them, and the Velvia filter brings that reality back to the digital negative. I think it’s a little funny that as we get away from film, we still want the “look” of film. For those of you who want just a little bit of info on Velvia film, here’s the Wikipedia link. And for those of you who enjoy lots of information, here’s the scoop on Velvia film from a photography reviewer who doesn’t take himself too seriously, or so he says http://www.kenrockwell.com/fuji/velvia100.htm.

So what do you think of the monochrome images? To me, the horizontal photo becomes a bit foreboding once the color is removed. Almost like a scene from the Old West, unsure of what bandit might be lurking beyond the next clump of trees. Yet the vertical image doesn’t translate the same way. Your thoughts? (No right or wrong answers here.)

And what do you think of the slideshow format vs. having each photo inserted into the blog post?


About Barb Kellogg

I'm a people, pet and nature photographer who loves great bokeh, dark chocolate, and a good cup of tea.


  1. Marcia

    I prefer the color by far. I agree the first image in black and white is somber, desolate like, even creepy. The other B&W image does not present that mood. Then, the color just adds vibrancy and appeal. I find that Fall colors are so visually stimulating, like a “Wow” to our eyes…it’s great to have photos to remind of us these short lived, once a year colors, that give us a “wow!” in life.

    I like the slide show 🙂

  2. The b/w horizontal loses the season, also the ‘reason’ for the photo … which just might be a good thing, think of all the imagination that can be applied to it!

  3. karen

    You know, I really like both the color and the black and white. I agree that the black and white looks like someone could come riding from out behind the tree(but then I grew up watching “The Masked Man”; the color is beautiful, but then everyone takes pictures in color. I really feel the black and white adds a new “leaf” to Fall pictures! kk

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