Black or White: you choose

Bristlecones: color
Bristlecones: black and white

When I am working on editing photos, I usually check to see how an image looks when converted to black and white. Sometimes it is a surprise. Sometimes it is a no-brainer. However, sometimes it is a struggle to decide which image has more visual impact. This is an example of one such image. I like both. How about you?

For the non-technical folks: digital cameras capture raw data in a numerical format: it’s just a string of numbers. Either in-camera or in the computer, the data is converted to a set of (not entirely arbitrary) corresponding colors … or, in the case of black and white, tonal values. If converted in the computer, the photographer can make a choice of converting to black and white. If in the camera: the manufacturer decides what tonal values (and colors) are “correct”.

East Side of the Sierras

East Side of the Sierras

This is looking across the Owens Valley in the Big Pine area to the east side of the Sierras. This was taken from the viewpoint on the road to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California.

Bristlecone Pines: Alive and Dead

Bristlecone Pines: One Alive, One Dead

It may not look like the tree on the left is still alive, but it is still hanging on. I liked the pattern these two created on the ridge line against the clouds.

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