Darter - Color or B&W ?




Ganesh H Shankar
Darter - Color or B&W ?
For a change this time I did lots of bird portraits but of a different kind (not of a bird-on-stick kind :) ). They are kind of 'avian macro' images with extreme shallow dof made using 840mm from very close quarters
using tilt adapters (22 degrees tilt at 840mm). I was trying to play with selective focus and was focusing on use of light and various 'bird designs' of mostly darters/egrets/cormorants/herons standing at one place for 2-3 days.

Will share them slowly. Between color and B&W what works better ? B&W below ..


And this is how the lens looked !


Hope this clears some doubts about the set up.
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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:52 am

LOL Nilanjan's description of Birendar 's trauma is fabulous! I wonder how he would be narrating this shoot to his fellow Rikshaw friends :)

Both the versions are good Ganesh, while the BW places more emphasis on the eye, I find the color placing the emphasis on the beak. Depending on what you would want to highlight either would work IMO

Commentby Raviprakash S S on Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:45 pm

Color works better for me! In color i tend to give less importance for the eyes but not in B & W.. not sure why!

Btw, I am wondering which one is tilted more - Darters neck or the Camera :)


Commentby ramesh_adkoli on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:18 am

Against my own will and to be honest to myself, I like the color version here, Ganesh. The golden beak loses its presence in the B&W as its tonal values merge with the rest. TFS.

Commentby krishnan v on Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:24 am

Seriously thought you had broken the mount :-) I prefer te B&W on this one Ganesh. Super stuff as usual !

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