Two days ago I arrived back to Australia after a 10 trip to the UK and Paris. Granted the first half was devoted to a conference I was presenting at in Cambridge, but the final 5 days saw me take in the sights of Paris. So, whilst battling a little jet-lag, I’ve been going through the hundreds of photo’s I took while I was away. Really, I’ve just been sorting them – choosing which might be the best to do a few touch-up edits and share on the blog.
I couldn’t help myself with these two images though. Both were taken of the rear of the Notre Dame cathedral but on very different days. The black and white image was done on my final day in Paris. It poured rain for almost the entire day and I spent about 4 hours seeking shelter under a bridge. I originally planned to do this exact shot but was hoping I’d have a cloudy, heavy sky which had some texture. Instead it was a virtual white out. I used my ND 9 stop filter to blur the water but unfortunately I wasn’t able to smudge the sky such were the conditions.
The second image below was taken 2 days before that when it was a gloriously warm and sun filled day. The clouds were great and I shot this 3 bracketed image handheld with the intention of seeing whether it would work well as an HDR photo.
Oh, and click on the images to see them larger too; the flying buttresses of the cathedral are beautiful.
Canon 7D | EF 24-105L | Handheld for colour shot; tripod for B&W | Post: Lightroom 5 + Photomatix for colour HDR shot
I was really happy with the B&W but after processing and seeing the colour one, I can’t decide which one I prefer now. Those of you who have visited my blog before would know I tend to favour fairly vivid, saturated colours. I’m not sure why I’m oriented this way because I adore black and white photography.
Would love to hear if any of you have found yourselves in a similar situation – trying to pick between a couple of your own photo’s and how you finally decided in the end – with your heart or your head?
My vote on these two images goes to the B&W – largely because of the foreground interest and leading lines of the shoreline. Head rules on this one.
Cheers everyone; it’s nice to be back!