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Rolo -

You seldom do color, but when you do it equals your excellent B&W achievements.


Thanks you Stuart.


I do colour much/most of the time; I just remove it if it adds nothing to the image.


For me, it's a early and serious decision point in post processing "what does this add ?".


It's not just the colour, but the framing, the contrast, the crop and the content. Often, (well occasionally), nothing is left. :eek:


Rolo :)

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to extend this further, here's a B&W version. I took it all the way to the endgame with both as I was unsure until the end which I wanted to present. Even then it was close, but I thought that the red lettering made a contribution.


I can imaging a large colour print having more to say than a B&W one.


This isn't a "which one do you prefer?" competition, just an explanation of how/why I end up with colour on occasion. :)




Rolo :)

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Rolo, beautiful image and I agree the color actually adds a great deal to this image.

I used to shoot film 99.9% B&W. Now that I have started with digital I obviously shoot RAW and get to see my color images. But then again I convert to B&W 99.9% because to my (heavily biased) eye, it rarely adds to the image. I often wonder how others (esp Stuart) are able to create so many successful color images on this forum!

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Rolo. simply superb. As soon as I viewed this, the song "Fury Sings the Blues" by Joni Mitchell, came to mind.


Old Beale Street is coming down

Sweeties' Snack Bar, boarded up now

And Egles The Tailor and the Shine Boy's gone

Faded out with ragtime blues

Handy's cast in bronze

And he's standing in a little park

With a trumpet in his hand

Like he's listening back to the good old bands

And the click of high heeled shoes

Old Furry sings the blues

Propped up in his bed

With his dentures and his leg removed

And Ginny's there

For her kindness and Furry's beer

She's the old man's angel overseer


Pawn shops glitter like gold tooth caps

In the grey decay

They chew the last few dollars off

Old Beale Street's carcass

Carrion and mercy

Blue and silver sparkling drums

Cheap guitars, eye shades and guns

Aimed at the hot blood of being no one

Down and out in Memphis Tennessee

Old Furry sings the blues

You bring him smoke and drink and he'll play for you

lt's mostly muttering now and sideshow spiel

But there was one song he played

I could really feel


There's a double bill murder at the New Daisy

The old girl's silent across the street

She's silent - waiting for the wrecker's beat

Silent - staring ar her stolen name

Diamond boys and satin dolls

Bourbon laughter- ghosts - history falls

To parking lots and shopping malls

As they tear down old Beale Street

Old Furry sings the blues

He points a bony finger at you and

"I don't like you"

Everybody laughs as if it's the old man's standard joke

But it's true

We're only welcome for our drink and smoke


W.C. Handy I'm rich and I'm fay

And I'm not familiar with what you played

But I get such strong impressions of your hey day

Looking up and down old Beale Street

Ghosts of the darktown society

Come right out of the bricks at me

Like it's a Saturday night

They're in their finery

Dancing it up and making deals

Furry sings the blues

Why should I expect that old guy to give it to me true

Fallen to hard luck

And time and other thieves

While our limo is shining on his shanty street

Old Furry sings the blues

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