If you search YouTube for a particular piece of music you might find several versions of the same piece, such as this video and this video. I use these to illustrate the different interpretations that a work can be presented and still be very much the same. Both are beautifully performed and after listening to them numerous times, I can’t decide if I like one better than the other. I feel the same way about some photographs, I can’t decide which interpretation I think are better, such as these photos. I do have a preference but it’s based on my own experiences and background. This is the Webster Christian Reformed Church.
An interesting exercise I’ve seen was when several photographers exchanged RAW files with each other, with no pre-editing and no idea of what the original photographer had in mind, and edited them with their own creative vision. The results are usually very interesting.
I”m feeling generous today so here are two more videos to illustrate the point. This was a big hit for Elvis years ago but this is the way the song was written.
Happy birthday, Lenny.
Interesting write-up Ken and you pose an interesting dilemma – colour or B&W. I think the answer for this set is it depends entirely on mood – the mood of the viewer. For me it has to be colour – and I reason that one out because we are just getting into Spring and there is something spiritual about Spring that links in with religion and church. In other situations in life I can see that one would be drawn to the monochrome as something sombre – mournful perhaps – but I have no reason to feel that way. That’s a personal view but I think emotional attachment is part of our photographic Eye.
That”s and interesting viewpoint, Andy. I actually hadn’t thought about in that respect. Although I have gone past this church hundreds of times, I never stopped to photograph it even though I love the architecture. This day it was raining and for some reason the church seemed to glow in the haze. I had to stop and fortunately there were no services at the time.
Unlike LensScaper (great name BTW) I’m all about the B&W. Love the idea of the raw files swap. May steal the idea for our photo club! Excellent post.
Thanks, Tina. As part of the swap, each photographer works up his (hers) own photos but doesn’t show the other participants beforehand. It’s interesting and fun at the same time.
For whatever reason I find myself drawn more often to the B&W or monochrome images than color. These are no exception. I like the first and second the best. Nice shots!
Thanks, John. I converted the B&W version of the first photo after the color version out of curiosity and it was my preference, too.
Nice series Ken… and I am with LensScaper for the reasons he provides, but the B&W are very good too.
Thanks, John. The weathered wood is beautiful in color and that was one of the attractions for me to stop and shoot this church.
My preference in this series is the colour, though I agree with Andy that where my mood to shift that could be enough to change my preference. I especially like the first and last shots. Interesting building.
Thanks, ehpem. I’m not sure if this is considered mid-century modern or not but it’s a style I love for it’s simplicity and sweeping lines.
I like the b&w versions better, though Andy makes a good case for color. In particular, I think the skies are more dramatic in b&w.
The RAW file swap idea is interesting, and if you decide to pursue that, count me in!
Today I prefer the B&W also but ask me again tomorrow.
It’s unlikely that I would pursue the file swap idea since I have so few followers I doubt if there are 5 interested parties. Maybe we could change it for just 2 or 3 photographers. I know 2 already.
I think it would be an interesting exercise; it’s probably better to start small, with just a few photographers. You can still count me in.
Yes. Yes, I will!
Nice write-up. Interesting music.
I find the B+W gives more character. I like the bottom pic — architecturally, all pointing skyward, the symbol of spiritual soaring (not that I’m a church-goer).
I prefer the B&W, and this is as close as I’ve been to church in a long time.
For sure, some of them happen that way – you like both versions, equally well, but for their own reasons. Others, well, sometime I just wish that they had left it alone. 🙂 I prefer the black & white images, mainly because of the clouds, and it becomes all about the church.
The B&W is also my preference, too, Paul. Although the color is pleasing, it is a little distracting to my eye but I only noticed it after I processed the B&W.