An Interpretation (Four Photographs)

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The male wood duck in full color stands out against any background. With the water reflecting the early spring colors, it’s a real stand out. Many proponents of black and white photography say that color can distract from the subject and that B&W gets the essence of the subject. It’s hard not to agree with that proposition. So given the “big” color of these shots I wanted to see what I could do in B&W. That process provides many options, from the color filter to affect tones, to the greater latitude in exposure. In my view, B&W provides more opportunity for interpretation than a straight color treatment that stays faithful to circumstance. It’s another reason I find B&W so intriguing.

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22 responses

  1. Very nice, I do like the black and white version.

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    October 18, 2016 at 2:01 am

  2. Great shot as usual.

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    October 18, 2016 at 6:22 am

  3. Though the pictures are the same, but color and B&W bring out different feels! 😀

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    October 18, 2016 at 7:59 am

  4. These are sensational photos of this very colorful duck! The final color photo is one of the best I’ve ever seen of male Wood Duck.

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    October 18, 2016 at 8:30 am

  5. Nice B&W conversions. The last photo is such a great color photo I just don’t see why one would want it in B&W but that is strictly a personal preference.

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    October 18, 2016 at 9:46 am

  6. Seattle Park Lover

    It almost seems like a sin to not show off a wood duck’s beautiful plummage. But he’s still very striking in black and white.

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    October 18, 2016 at 9:55 am

  7. Both are nice. My eye is drawn to different details in both of the photos…interesting.

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    October 18, 2016 at 5:18 pm

  8. Awesome shots, Victor. The difference between the last two examples is quite dramatic.

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    October 18, 2016 at 8:51 pm

  9. TPJ

    Very nice. And I agree B&W can give you more latitude in processing. I like to use Silver Efex as a final step. Being of the 35mm film generation the filters available can add the right touch to a finished product. I have Agfa 35 mm original photos that match up well with the digital filter results in Silver Efex.

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    October 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    • Thanks. I have Silver EFX but moved MacPhun Tonality CX for mac, the latter offering a few more bells and whistles.

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      October 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

  10. Very beautiful and interesting. Still I prefer the colored photographs.

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    October 19, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    • Thank you, much appreciated. It seems to be the general view.

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      October 19, 2016 at 3:57 pm

  11. Nice pic. Relaxing.

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    December 15, 2016 at 1:52 am

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