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Grand Canyon #1: A or B? (Update: or C?)

Grand Canyon #1

Grand Canyon #1 - BW

Which do you prefer?  The color photograph (A)?  Or the one in black in white (B)?  This shot was taken back in October 2008 on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-135mm at 18mm, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 125.  The black and white image is simply the color image converted to black and white with a red filter.

UPDATE (5-Apr-2012, 7:59pm EDT):  At the request of Tracie Louise, I’ve raised the saturation quite a bit on the color image (immediately below).  Call it option C.  :)

High Saturation version



33 responses

  1. Both are good but I think the b/w has more impact.

    April 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    • Thanks for sharing!

      April 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  2. It’s B for me. I like black and white.

    April 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      April 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  3. The colour image… but seriously up the saturation first… and if that doesn’t work, go with plan B. I only ever convert an image to B&W, if I can’t make the colour one work ;)

    April 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    • Thanks for your advice, Tracie! I’ll try boosting the saturation, and if it works out I may post it, as well.

      April 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      • Just my opinion… but I like my colour bold. I have been to the canyon 3 or 4 times, and it is a spectacular place.

        April 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    • Ok, updated with higher saturation! (Call it option C!) :)

      April 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  4. I also like the color image better…but both are lovely!

    April 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    • Thank you Tricia!

      April 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  5. i like the colour one

    April 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

      April 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  6. Option C. Lovely images though all of them

    April 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    • Thanks for sharing your opinion Ken!

      April 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  7. Oh yeah!!!! Option C… all the way… now that’s the Canyon that I remember.

    April 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    • Thanks for the suggestion :)

      April 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

  8. probablynotablog

    Wow.. all are impressive! I have to call it C, though. B is cool but the high saturation is just fantastic!

    April 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

  9. Awesome!
    B or C, normally I love the color in the photos, but the Black and white version of this one is so amazing and powerful.

    April 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Pablo!

      April 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

  10. lu

    very incredible landscape

    April 6, 2012 at 4:54 am

    • Thank you!

      April 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

  11. Love the black and white version best – textures and contrast – excellent! Been there at the Grand Canyon. Simply gorgeous scenery.

    April 6, 2012 at 6:36 am

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I’ve only been to the Grand Canyon once, but it was just stunning!

      April 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

  12. I really enjoy c.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

    • Thank for sharing your opinion!

      April 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  13. I go for B. you could cut back on the sky to focus more on the canyon. Make it even more dramatic. Good stuff! Makes me want tp be there!

    April 7, 2012 at 2:00 am

    • Thank you for sharing your opinion and suggestion!

      April 7, 2012 at 7:11 am

  14. Hey John just throwing my vote out there for Option C.. I do like B too but due to the saturation of color which I am somewhat of a fan of I had to go with C..

    April 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

    • Thanks for sharing your opinion! :).

      April 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  15. C!!

    April 27, 2012 at 5:33 am

    • Thanks for visiting, and for sharing your opinion!

      April 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

  16. Hi John, Thanks for visiting my blog. I love the Grand Canyon and you have a nice photo here. I assume A is the original. Looks like it was kind of hazy that day (all to common these days with pollution). Here’s something you might try. Take that original and instead of boosting the saturation, do a Levels adjustment (available in Photoshop or other image manipulation programs) and bring up the gamma (the middle control) to increase contrast without blowing out the whites. That should help make the image pop more and the saturation will come up with it. You can add a bit more saturation as needed to taste. Nice photos here. Keep on shooting!

    April 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    • Thanks David – very much appreciate your kind comment, and especially the tip!!

      April 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm