Black and White 5 day Challenge- Day 5

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia, in black and white

Here I am at Day 5 of the Black and White 5 day Challenge and it’s the ‘big reveal’, though I gave the game away yesterday with my Day 4 photo.  You knew all along it was Barcelona, didn’t you?

And now, with the help of a little WordPress magic, you can see both colour and black and white versions of my photographs.  Which would you choose?  Colour, or black and white?

Day 1

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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In spite of myself I did enjoy the challenge, and have to thank Pommepal and Wilbur’s Travels for nominating me. They would love a visit from you.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

My last nomination is Elaine at I used to be Indecisive.  We meet every week on Six word Saturday and share our love of Snoopy.  I have a great collection of Charlie Brown cartoons which I’ve acquired from her blog. (thanks, Elaine!)  I look forward to seeing her take on the challenge.

I’m going to finish with Sagrada Familia, in colour, of course.

Too glorious for words, isn't it?

Too glorious for words, isn’t it?

Hopefully see you tomorrow.  Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes.

77 comments

  1. My favorites are the images that have the vintage quality in your post processing. They have an appeal that is sometime missing from technicolor, which can distract from architectural features.

  2. Catching up with emails and posts at long last Jo, and now see I missed your last B&W photo challenge post. I love how you compared them with their original colour as a wind up. I love B&W but I see here that I prefer yours in colour, especially this one with the most beautiful stained glass windows. Stunning. Well done with the challenge! I’m hoping I can keep up with it, this week is proving to be very busy and I have my boys coming home for the weekend. But it’s fun and I’m enjoying it so far 😀

    1. Hi Sherri 🙂 I guess I’m just a colour girl 🙂 I’m making a concerted effort on my Inbox this grey afternoon but I no sooner empty it (well, part way… ) and it’s off again filling up 😦 I should get a life! 🙂 Hugs, and thank you.

  3. What a fantastic ending Jo and I thought doing the slide show was a brilliant idea I loved the way they morphed from colour to b&w and back again and again and again…..I have not seen Sagrada Familia and I did think it looked very imposing and majestic in monochrome but it just glowed when in colour, and I liked day 1 and 2 in b&w but the bubble man came to life in colour and number 4 I liked both ways… It was a fun challenge and I enjoyed all your photos.

    1. Thank you very much for pushing me (gently) in that direction, Pauline 🙂 What I’m loving is different people’s perceptions and preferences. Love to you and Jack!

  4. Sagrada Familia works beautifully in black & white, Jo, but then when I saw the version in color with the stained glass windows, I had to say I preferred that version. With the exception of the first one, I like them all better in color, but you know me, I’m a color kind of girl. It looks like you had a lot of fun doing the challenge. 🙂

    1. I’d forgotten how beautiful Barcelona is, Cathy (and how many photos I took! Even Mick didn’t recognise the first one 🙂 ) We have a lovely shell pink sunrise here this morning so I guess our Monday walk will be on (they’re fair weather walkers, like me). Back to work for you 😦 When’s your next break? 🙂 All work and no fun makes Cathy a sad lady 🙂 🙂

      1. Jo, I’m glad you reminded me of how beautiful Barcelona is. It is really an amazing city, one of my favorites up there with Paris and Istanbul. Sadly I’ve been at work all week, and though it’s not that bad, I’d still rather be traveling. Coming back to rain and dreary Nanning weather is not fun either, especially after my one month of wonderful weather in Yunnan and Myanmar. I don’t get any more breaks except for weekends, and three 3-day weekends from now until July 18 😦 Yes, that makes me a very sad lady. xxx

      1. There was something about the black and white version that reminded me of a stage out of a 1920s silent film. I love that era and your photo just drew me right in.

    1. You’ve just reminded me that I didn’t come over and share the link for your nomination, Elaine! I’m terrible for forgetting to do that. I was anxious to get on with my walk post for tomorrow but that’s no excuse. Sunday is a busy/boring day for me usually so I’m just now settling for the evening. 🙂

  5. I’m a bit pathetic about shots from one’s travels: I like ’em in colour – because I am better reminded, that way … These are all terrific shots, Jo !

  6. Well done Jo – I have enjoyed the twist you have added to the challenge and love the way you demonstrate the changes. Maybe you will be tempted to throw in a few curveballs in the future 😀

    1. But did I make it into your Reader? 🙂 🙂
      Did you see my reply to Andrew? I had a yen to share a black and white of my lovely red bridge in Girona but I resisted, mostly because I had a theme going on.

    1. The only one that I’m convinced is better in mono than colour is the boy with bubbles, Ad. That one was very ‘wishy washy’ in colour but I loved the rosy sepia look. It’s just another way of looking at the world, isn’t it? Thank you- I enjoyed the experience. 🙂

  7. I liked the last black and white picture best. I thought it was an owl. But maybe it is the daylight savings change we are making in the US today. Not quite awake yet. 😦

  8. Good choice for the challenge Jo.
    I have got a lot of b&w photographs from my dad’s old photo albums, I am always amazed at how clear and well defined they are even compared with modern digital pictures.

    1. You’d have spotted which Spanish city it was from day 1, Andrew! I nearly threw in a red herring- that lovely red bridge at Girona which looks great in black and white. 🙂

    1. I like the effect too. 🙂 I was going to use ordinary Gallery style but I didn’t like the photos arranged side by side. It came to me that they would look better with the slideshow option, though I wouldn’t normally use it just for two. In this case, it works well, I think. Thanks for noticing. 🙂

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