IN THE FIELD: Gold Or Silver B&W


Referring to my previous post, I photographed some jewelry in a store with just the available light.

It was suggested to me to try a B&W conversion of the photo by a fellow photographer/blogger.  I highly encourage you to check out Abu’s blog. His photography is  a wonderful mix of scenics, street photography, and portraiture. He truly understands good composition.

It never occurred to me to see what this shot would look like as a B&W. I have to say I do like it, but I’m still undecided which version I like better.

f 2.2


ISO 200

cloudy WB

  1. August 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I like this version better. Your eye goes straight for the composition and detail of the jewelry instead of its color. But that’s just me 🙂

    • August 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Ya know…you are absolutely right. It really does! Looks like the general consensus is the B&W version.

  2. August 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I like the black and white better, I think. The abstract shapes draws your eye in and around and in the color version I remember not noticing the background as much. Just my observation 🙂

    • August 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Interesting how in certain instances a monotone image forces the eye/brain to focus more on the subject rather than the overall image.

  3. August 14, 2013 at 2:25 am

    That was a good idea! I think it brings out the tones of the metal, and the shapes and reflections. The colour pic was great but the b&w has the edge!

    • August 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

      I like how the color image is warm and cozy, and the B&W image appears to have fewer distracting elements.

  4. August 14, 2013 at 2:49 am


    • August 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Nia, it’s an amazing store. I do have to go back!

  5. August 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

    After viewing both I think I like the b&w conversion better for this subject David !!

    • August 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Seems as though everyone does! I like them both but still can’t find a preference…maybe I should stop staring at them for a bit LOL.

  6. August 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I’ve always been partial to the color version when asked to choose between B & W or color of the same shot, and I’ve just figured out a possible reason. When I was given my first camera in grade school–a Kodak Brownie Bullet box camera–I could only take B & W photos with it. My second camera was a Kodak Starmite (flash) camera, and color film was available for it. After a few years of taking only B & W photos, I loved being able to capture color. It’s a bias I still have.

  7. August 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I know what you mean…I love color! I dabble in B&W from time to time just to mix it up a bit. Sometimes I’ll shoot a photo in color and then shoot in B&W to see the difference. I used to carry two cameras, one loaded with color slide film and the other with B&W film.

  8. August 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Looks like its going to be unanimous – I vote for the black and white too. It simplifies things in a good way. All those lovely golden tones in the background were pulling my eye away from the subject.

  9. August 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Looks like I’m jumping on board ship with everyone else. I am now favoring the B&W for the same reasons you stated.

  10. August 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I like both, but silver is calmer and allows you to study the ring details from closer.

    • August 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      I have to agree with you. At first I liked the gold color shot but now I’m leaning more to the silver side for the same reason.

  11. September 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Looking good in B&W.

    • September 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

      That seems to be the general consensus for this round.

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