Last week I added the above image to the Tenmile & Mosquito Ranges gallery. If you follow my Facebook page, you've likely already seen it. The image itself isn't new, as I've had the color version of it, shown below, in the gallery for quite sometime. However, I've always intended to go back and do a proper black & white edit on this image, as, to me, this scene just screams black & white. That said, I don't know that I necessarily prefer one version over the other. I like the black & white both because I have a predilection for black & white anyway, and because this scene really was just perfect for it (the color contrast, the clouds, etc.). However, I also really like the colors contained in this image, and I think the color version, too, works extremely well.
With the color version, you'll notice that I left the lens flare in (sky, right center). I thought it actually added a little something in this case, sort of a sense of place, sense of the lighting at the time - kind of adds some warmth, in my opinion. In black & white, though, it was simply too much of a distraction, as it stood out too prominently (due to its brightness).
The image itself was taken atop Weston Pass. It's a beautiful place that you should really consider checking out if you haven't been there and you have the means. I understand the drive up from the Leadville side is a little hairy and requires a decently capable 4WD vehicle, but the Fairplay/Buffalo Peaks side, which I drove up, is easily drivable by any 2WD vehichle, even w/ fairly low clearance. I wouldn't think twice about driving my family up in the minivan. However, if you do have a 4WD vehichle, there's a cool little side utility road that parallels the pass that you can take that's pretty fun. It keeps you a little higher up on the ridge, gives you great views, and is a ton of fun. I took the official pass road all the way up, but drove that side road about half way down. No matter how you go, go check it out. Great views and access to the alpine tundra without having to hike for miles. And bring your camera! :)
So, which version do you prefer? Color or black & white?