Before and after


I love this shot.  It was a balmy day earlier this month, on the beach at Seaton Carew.  Who’s in charge- man or dog?  I’m not entirely sure that I wanted to convert it to black and white.  But then, I usually feel like that about photos.  What do you think?


I don’t usually do the Black and White Sunday challenge, but Paula made this one so easy, even I could join in.   Backwards, of course.

I’m posting this just before I disappear off to Edinburgh for a day or two, so apologies if I’m slow with responses.  I’ll be back on Saturday.


  1. I always try to love the B&W versions, but I guess my eyes just crave color! Even a soft, pale color like the ones here. I especially like the sand ridges better in that sandy, pinkish shade.

    1. Mortified to find all 3 of your comments hiding in my spam 😦 😦 Oh, the shame! I do seem to have problems with a few folk these days. Do you have a Premium site? Mine is because I ran out of photo memory but that’s a year ago now so I can’t really understand the problem. Yvette Prior often has the same problem so I check my spam evety couple of days. Sorry! 🙂

      1. Still my usual one, but I have been crazy busy with work and have had no time to post! I’m going to see if I can sit down for two mornings a month and blitz off a whole bunch to pre-schedule. Maybe that will work better!

  2. Lovely atmospheric photo, Jo. Love the light on the right and then moving to the darker on the left side. Personally prefer the subdued hues of the colour one and I really like the windmills in the distance! Hope you’re having a great time in Scotland! Too late for the Tattoo?

  3. Im no photographer, but I think the black & white picture conveys stillness and introspection. The colored photo conveys time; more like the passing of time. These are just my opinions. The photos are beautiful however.

  4. I’m never too sure of black and white in nature shots. This photo has great light, subject and atmosphere, so it works both ways. It’s still warmer in colour though, I wonder about sepia? Whichever, it’s gorgeous!

  5. I prefer the color photograph, Jo. There is enough contrast and the right amount of tones to make this a fantastic photo! The difference with the B&W is small, but I love the blue sky, creating the perfect amount of light. Have fun in Edinburgh. I am looking forward to reading about your adventures there!

  6. The image reminds me of the Antony Gormley statues on the beach, and that alone makes me like it. I prefer the colour version, it seems ‘right’ for this particular image, the black and white makes is too harsh.

      1. Interesting. For me B&W usually convey emotion better. Colour creates mood. But you know that it is all highly subjective and relative. In any case, if you are not comfortable with monochrome, you should not do it.

      1. Sitting in the car waiting for the Middle Son to arrive on the school bus and had time to scan other comments and….. YOU’RE MEETING JUDE TOMORROW?? Ooh, you’re so lucky! (Well, you both are really. 🙂 ) Give her a big G’day from me!

  7. The monochrome for me, Jo…you have some strong elements and lots of negative space in this image which are not so powerful in the colour shot. I’m going to be picky now….if you had changed your POV just a little, the posts in the distance could have been separate from the man’s head….or you could just clone a couple of them out…. But great shot!

  8. The black and white adds a little drama which is really nice, but the tones in the first photo are beautiful . You can’t go wrong either way! Have a wonderful time in Edinburgh…why wouldn’t you! 🙂

  9. I like it, either way, you would Post it. I don’t shoot much in Black & White. The only time I do it is when I think a B&W Image would be better to show old things that I may shoot. Sometimes, a B&W Image is better than Color for a number of reasons. It’s up to you to decide. Regards, Les

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