Decisions, decisions.

Today I'm going to share a secret struggle with you. Photo finishing.

I usually leave the decision of how to finalize the photo processing to the very end of my system.  The exception is if I captured the image with a certain vision in my head. Like, if I knew as I clicked the shutter that I would develop it in black and white... those are the easy ones, when my vision of the final outcome is early to the party. 

However, much of the time, after doing the detailed editing work (my, how clear your complexion is!), I sit back and PLAY. I have found myself to be a bit of a traditionalist, in that I often prefer a natural look to my images, preserving all the beautiful colors, tones and textures. But I can be a sucker for a gorgeous black and white, too. And then there's the everything in between - a little flair here and a little shadow there, etc. etc. 

I recently finished this newborn session in practical agony. Oh, no, the baby was great and the images are beautiful. But I just COULD NOT DECIDE. Here is one example of what struggled with. (Oh, isn't my job SO hard?!?)

 


This is what's called a "clean edit" - cleaned up, yet all the original colors and tones are intact. Lovely, right?

This is what's called a "clean edit" - cleaned up, yet all the original colors and tones are intact. Lovely, right?

This is processed with some contrast and shadows. Nothing extreme, just a nice finishing touch. I REALLY like this one. This was the winner, by the way.

This is processed with some contrast and shadows. Nothing extreme, just a nice finishing touch. I REALLY like this one. This was the winner, by the way.

But. Then the image blew my mind in black and white. Oh, decisions....

But. Then the image blew my mind in black and white. Oh, decisions....


Do you see it? How hard I have it? Haha. You should only see me trying to decide on lunch!

Well, luckily, with this particular image, it had a partner. So I chose the color processing on the picture above and black and white one this one: 


This takes your breath away, doesn't it? And this one MUST be in black and white, no question.

This takes your breath away, doesn't it? And this one MUST be in black and white, no question.


What do you think? Do you agree with my choice? And what are your preferences in general? Do you like traditional, original colors or black and white or the modern-vintage processing that is so trendy right now?