Yesterday there was a discussion on Flickr regarding the issues around choosing to present images in colour or monochrome (link). Some people argue for the choice to be made before the shot – so its envisaged and worked toward from conceptualisation. I don’t agree with that view. It’s an acceptable strategy sometimes but if always followed would exclude the choices we can make about images at other points in the workflow. For example, today’s photo was shot – see below – in colour with no intension to render it monochrome.
But when I saw the image full size in Lightroom the textures of the orange and the table top and the light and shade appeared to me to be the key to the image with the colours adding little to any representation of an peeled orange on a table top. Compare the shot above to my shot of the day below where its been rendered in monochrome.
Once I saw the shot in monochrome is was clear that the colour distracted the eye from the key aspects of the shot which are shape, line and texture. I didn’t know this when I took and shot but don’t think the decision should be frowned upon for that.
What’s your view?