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    Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    We were recently in Venice on one of the very rare days that it snows there. It played havoc with visibility, not to mention leaving little white streaks on the images. I took a photo that day off the Rialto Bridge (one of the standard snapshot locations) that intrigued me, and I tried two different processings of it that went in a couple of different nonstandard directions. I'd be interested in getting your impressions of them, which you prefer (and more importantly, *why*), and any suggestions for improvement.





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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    Both are great. I have a slight preference for the color one but don't ask me why.

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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    Wow, excellent! I like both too, but slight preference for the color version.
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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    Yep. Count me in. I like them both too, Lisa. Nicely done.

    They both work for me, so I don't have to figure out why.

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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    I like the color much better because:

    1. It shows the weather (snow,fog) much better than the B+W. A little different than the standard travel shot.
    2. The strength of color in the foreground layers fall off into a soft palate creating depth to the image. The soft colors work well with the diffused lightly.
    3. The B+W rendering seems to have a forced level of contrast inconsistent with the actual lighting. A soft low contrast scene processed to add contrast.

    Definitely a nice photograph with a lot of potential.

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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    The colour shot looks less contrived (sepia seems such a tired option)even though the sky is distractingly bright the rain is a little more convincing.Your efforts should be to emphasize the central gondollier¿? by cropping or printing.

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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    Hope you don't mind. I took a crack at the B&W conversion trying to preserve the low contrast light and feeling.

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    However I still think it works best in color

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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    Thanks very much for your comments. I was surprised - I expected more people to like the sepia one.

    (I have to admit - the first one is my first attempt at playing with negative values of Clarity in ACR, to emphasize the snow haziness. The second had substantial positive Clarity to *de*emphasize the haziness. Experiments, experiments...)

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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    The Colour version is just sooo Charming
    The palatte of the buildings
    Draws me in....

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    I like the monochrome image better -- appears 'timeless' in a way the color image does not, and it does away with those annoying yellow/orange stripes on the taxi stand. The color image is a 'throw away' image -- lots of ooh and ahh now but when you come back to it next year it will be just another pic. Come back to that monochrome image in a year and you will pause and look at it and remember your time on the bridge in the snow.

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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    what Oxide Blue said. I much prefer the Sepia image for its timeless quality, it gets to the essence of the feeling there. the color seems busy and snapshoty in comparison.
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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oxide Blu View Post
    I like the monochrome image better -- appears 'timeless' in a way the color image does not, and it does away with those annoying yellow/orange stripes on the taxi stand. The color image is a 'throw away' image -- lots of ooh and ahh now but when you come back to it next year it will be just another pic. Come back to that monochrome image in a year and you will pause and look at it and remember your time on the bridge in the snow.
    I fully agree with this, I myself would not have printed the color one, but the sepia / b&w is really beautiful! Why, because I don't like fog, and - as a Leica fan - really search for tack sharpness.....
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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    I like the b&w version more. Firstly the color doesn't distract you from details. Secondly, it doesn't let those colorful plastic tents to spoil the mood. Timeless is the right word.

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    Re: Venice with falling snow: two versions?

    Thanks again for your comments. It sounds like we have something like half for the color one and half for the monochrome one, and a couple of us who like both about equally. I agree that the two have a very different feel to them, one a "fantasyland" candy-colored version and one looking like an antique photo (which is why it's so difficult for me to compare them). So, *both* are going up on my wall.Thanks

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