Apex Beach - Wrap Up
I wanted to take a moment to quickly point out why I think the color version of this image works better than the black and white version and it's not always the case that black and white is going to be the best way to process your minimalist images. And in this example in particular, there are two good reasons why I prefer color. The first reason being that this image tells a story, there's history in this image and I think that the color is what makes that angle more compelling. The Hudson's Bay company, which is the building that's represented here. Uh, they have a pretty varied history and a long history in the north and a big part of that company's brand was that bold red color. So if you take that read out, it's not exactly recognizable. That building, you know, is not as easily distinguished as any other building you might find on a snowy landscape. There's a very particular um, connection to that red. So I wanted to include that read. It was important for me to keep it in there ...
to create that more interesting image. Secondly, I think that the red in this situation helps us focus our attention on the main subject, which is the boat, it really pops off the screen and you're gonna see with the black and white image that if you take the color out, if you still can see that there's a shape there and you will, you will see that it's a boat if you look closely enough, but it's not instantly recognizable. So if I show you the black and white, you'll see that there's just sort of a dark shape in the lower right and then there's, you know, that building off to the side on the left also kind of shaded and dark. But you know, even though the weight and the balance of the composition is all pretty much the same as the color version, there just seems to be less focus and attention moving to the boat. It's not instantly recognizable. And with these minimal images, that's one of the things you do want to shoot for the color version of this, I feel because of that pop of color really has the advantage over the black and white. And those are the two biggest reasons why I would use color in this situation.