I Can’t Decide

I am going through some photos from last year as I read Scott Kelby’s Lightroom book so I can follow along and also look at old shots with fresh eyes. One of the features in LR that I really like is the ability to have virtual copies. They don’t require extra space and they allow you to look at multiple versions of an image side-by-side.

The above shot was taken on the road along a beach just south of Orick, CA in April of last year during a trip out to gather footage for a video we were doing that used the redwoods as a metaphor for working together in order to grow.** I came across this beach, parked the car, wandered out into the street and snapped a few shots before making my way north into Redwood NP.

I’m not sure which version I like better. I like the color shot because it reminds me of what it was like when I was there – with some added warmth, obviously – but I’ve also been in a split-toned B&W mood and really like how that one turned out.

Which one do you like better?

*Other than placing the shots in my gallery frame in Photoshop, both of these images were processed entirely in Lightroom.
**Basically, the redwoods are able to be so strong and get to be so tall because they share a root structure and help to hold each other up and share nutrients. Even though the roots are shallow, they are intertwined to provide support. We used it as a metaphor for churches working together to fund projects and programs that they couldn’t do alone.

  • ostman

    I like them both, also.

    This might be a good time for a fun technique… take your color shot, change it to your split tone B&W, then use the history brush to paint the color “no passing” line back in.


    May 1, 2007 at 6:34 pm
  • John

    The color shot. It has more vibrancy.

    May 1, 2007 at 7:47 pm
  • Elizabeth

    I do like both, but I agree with John – the color shot is vibrant, and I like it more.

    May 3, 2007 at 10:53 am

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