Look. See. Imagine. Create. Black and White vs. Color

B Cellars near Calistoga, CA
B Cellars near Calistoga, CA (Black and White #1)

(Last weekend, I forgot to publish this blog.  That broke my streak of publishing a weekend blog – every week for 152 weeks.  Darn it.  Anyway, enjoy.  Thanks)

When Mary and I were in Napa a few weeks back, I woke up late and as I started walking to the gym, I saw this unusual and beautiful cloud formation.  It was a bit windy, so I knew I did not have much time.  I grabbed my gear and ran out of the hotel to find a foreground.  Here is what happened:

Color #1

B Cellars is across the street from our hotel, so I knew I could get grape vines as a foreground with the sun behind me.  As we had driven by B Cellars a half dozen times, I had also noticed the interesting fountain in front of the winery tasting room.

Color #2

Now it was all about composition.  B Cellars is on the Silverado Trail which is not as busy as CA HWY 29, but it was busy nonetheless.  I set up my tripod on the side of the road and captured a few photos.

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Black and White #2

It was a bit bright so I also used my infrared camera.  The black and whites were processed in Nik Silver Effects Pro 2 and the color images were processed in Nik Color Effects Pro and Viveza.  I think I like black and white #1 and color #2.

Which ones do you like better?

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