You might have seen that the majority of my Drink and Click portraits are in black and white. I like that look for a number of reasons and I think it also sets me a part, somewhat, since most people shoot in color. I’m not saying that my monochrome portraits are groundbreaking, by any means, but they are certainly in the minority.
You may also know that I’m using the Olympus PEN-F, in monochrome mode, to shoot my portraits. This certainly helps in the visualization of the final photo. But I shoot in both JPEG and RAW. Often, I’ve been converting the RAWs to black and white or using unedited JPEG, but sometimes a color version strikes my fancy. I actually like both versions, included in this post for your scrutiny, but there’s a certain pop to the color which attracts me. Part of it is because of the strong yellow-orange of the ambient security light.
Jamie’s clothes, the alleyway, the colorful graffiti and that yellow all work together for an “urban” look. The black and white version looks rather tame in comparison. But I know that a bunch of you will probably prefer the monochrome. And that’s perfectly okay. My shooting method allows me to make both versions for your viewing pleasure.
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