I am trying to decide which style of processing will work best for my “Echoes of the Past” project. In the above images, I used film bracketing to capture each jpeg picture in both Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome and Acros. I think I will choose one of these for my base jpeg for the entire project. After I decide whether to go with color or monochrome, I’ll think about what other adjustments I might make on a global basis, but as I write this, I’m thinking I’ll keep the images as close to one of these film emulations as I can since it will make the processing very simple.
I am having a problem deciding which to choose; i.e., which will work best to present a comparison of now to what we remember of the past. My first idea was to use the Acros B&W style since I like the tones, etc. and since when I think back to pictures I have seen of how it looked in the past, they were all B&W. A question, independent of looking at old pictures, “Do we remember in B&W or color?” While it isn’t as evident in these pictures, another concern I have is that some of the garish colors people now use don’t really improve the current views.
The problem is that I do like the color images of the area when processed in Classic Chrome film emulation, and they do give a more accurate presentation of how it looks now in this day and age. They also show up the changes, additions, different materials used, etc.
I realize that most of us prefer either color or B&W, and to take a poll is of no value; but if anyone has some reasoning for selecting one or the other please comment.