A Colorful Monotone World

Life in the Fast Lane (OM-D E-M1 + Leica DG Summilux 25mm)

Life in the Fast Lane
(OM-D E-M1 + Leica DG Summilux 25mm)

I am not being philosophical here. It just sometimes, I am at the intersection of whether a picture that I shot, should be converted to a monotone image, or just let it be as it is.

The previous years (very very long time ago) photographers might not having this issue of a picture should be shot in B&W or colors. The moment they chose the film, let say Kodak Portra, they are going to shoot in total colors. And if one to choose an Ilford, then he or she is going to have all the glorious monotone ever.

But in this digital era, a person (not necessarily a photographer) can always decide to either make the final image in the full colors or just to let it be black and white, with a simple post-processing conversion.

I, personally, always shoot in colors. I love colors. We live in a colorful world. The vibrance, the feeling of joy, the aura from all spectrum of light that we can perceive are transmitted without fail through colors. Colors can represent that joyous moment we want to portray in a picture. But is it only happiness that can be told in colors..? I’ve seen many tragic pictures in colors too.

Whereas a picture with pure monotone – just a black and a white transmit more feelings, a deeper story to be understood. At least. So, once in a while, I will choose a final picture that I took in black and white.

In the end, it is what you are going to tell the world will decide the outcome of the tone of a picture.

For the pictures above and below, I think the black and white version gives more to tell in a glance, and thus it is the choice of mine. Others might think the exact opposite. It is a matter of preferences – in the end.

Life in the Fast Lane (Monotone) (OM-D E-M1 + Leica DG Summilux 25mm)

Life in the Fast Lane (Monotone)
(OM-D E-M1 + Leica DG Summilux 25mm)

Thank you for spending some of your precious time reading my worthless rant.


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