Portrait of peasan from Jodhpur (India) Black & white version
Canon 5D, 50mm, 1/400 à f/1,4 - 100ISO

Photo : Serge Bouvet
From : http://sergebouvet.com/galerie-2/vision-du-rajasthan/

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Date Fri Jul 13, '12 12:16PM
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I wasn't convinced when I read Patrick's suggestion of B&W. Now that I see it I very much appreciate his insight and vision. Well done!
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Editor, Travel Photographers Network

Great, Serge! (And thanks, Walter ;-)

I hate to say if it is "better" or "worse" since anyone can have an original way to think about that. But this B&W translation does provide a starkness that complements the gaze of your subject and provides a different mood that compels me a little more.

Both are terrific, thanks for posting these and I hope many more follow.

 Thank you very much Patrick. In Paris, where I live, it rains every day or the sky is always cloudy. So the photos are in black and white. I went to India to look for colors.   But it is true that black and white brings something. At least, it focuses more attention on the subject. The black and white may be more narrative. 

From an artistic viewpoint; colour depicts reality. Black and white is an interpretation of reality... I have to know my intention... 

 

Hi Serge,

I agree with you, you go to India and can't take away the colours out of the photos.  Although in B&W somehow the expression comes out more, without colour he could be a man in any country of the world but in the nice red colour he had to be in India.  And since it's a travel photo I'd go for the colour one.  My humble opinion but to me, every country gives something in smells, noises, colour and tradition so travel photography remains in colour in my opinion.

Malcolm - I agree. Color is one of the many ways in which a culture expresses itself. Without that part of the "picture" so to speak we do miss an aspect of the culture.

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 Hi Serge, I must say that I really prefer the B&W version. It makes the portrait much stronger, more universal and a lot easier to focus on the eyes. In the color version I find that the reds destract too much, and looking at it my eyes wander around too much away from the person' look. In fact I do not mind the shallow depth of field so much, as long as the eyes are tack sharp, which they are as far as I can see on my iPad. Maybe the headscarf could do with a little amount of focus blur to balance the blurring. Excellent and characterful portrait ! Best regards, Karin.

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