Cathedral Rock Revisited – Black and White or Color?

Still reworking some old photos.  This one is one of the views of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona taken in May 2013.  I’m pleased with both versions but there is just that certain something about monochrome that really brings out and emphasizes the details in some images like this one.

Cathedral rock5663-Edit-2a Cathedral rock5663-EditBW

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29 Responses to Cathedral Rock Revisited – Black and White or Color?

  1. The monochrome is SO COOL. It looks like something out of a movie! Love it! :)-Ashley

  2. Dr_IQ says:

    Black and White for me.

  3. I like the monochrome also. It does bring out certain features and gives it a crispness lacking in the color version. .

  4. Cindi says:

    I do like the crispness of the monochrome, especially against the sky – but my eye keeps going back to the color. Probably because it’s colors I never see in my part of the world?

  5. Son of Sharecroppers says:

    I prefer the color version. I like the way the black-and-white renders the rock formations themselves, but at least on my monitor the sky in the BW looks off. The detail in the cloud formations has largely disappeared, and the patches of blue sky don’t “read” very clearly. Perhaps you could use a filter or otherwise work with the sky to bring back a bit more detail.

    In the color version, I really like the sense of scale and depth, and I like the colors of the formations.

    • That is the one drawback I have about the BW version, the sky. I wasn’t able to bring out the details there without the rest of the image being overly detailed. I will try your filter suggestion to see if it works and/or just keep playing with it.

  6. Ingrid says:

    I’m still partial to color. 🙂

  7. cecilia says:

    cowboys and indians.. i like the B&W,, c

  8. chris13jkt says:

    Color for me. The monochrome version eliminate the detail at the foot of the hill and the sky is way too plain

  9. Rhys Jones says:

    It’s a tough choice. Both images have their strengths. But on balance, I think I prefer the colour version.

  10. Lignum Draco says:

    Prefer the B&W. The colour gets in the way of the texture and detail.

  11. Pit says:

    I really like to experiment with monochrome:

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