contemplation in black & white

I couldn't decide on black and white or colour. Constructive criticism is welcome.
Today is my Dad's 94th birthday.
Both fabulous shots of your daughter Elaine! I really like the tones, light & shade in this one. Fav
posted January 22nd, 2015  
@redpants Thanks Sue, hope you are well. Our camera club starts next Tuesday if you were thinking about coming.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
In hospital at the moment, hospital in the home ... hooked up to an IV for at least the next week, & unfortunately I work Tues evenings. But thanks for the offer.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
@redpants Oh dear I am sorry I hope it's nothing too serious.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
Just on going difficulties with my arm after the cancer treatment a while ago.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
@redpants Well get well soon!
posted January 22nd, 2015  
I prefer the b&w. For me its more ethereal and the background is less distracting.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
@dibzgreasley Thanks Debs, I vignetted this one and I too think this is more ethereal. I will probably print it tomorrow.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
Happy birthday to your dad! Love this in b&w, really like the lighting!
posted January 22nd, 2015  
Love the black and white. Nice dof.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
Cool b&w shot...nice light, pose, composition
posted January 22nd, 2015  
personally I like this one better - the light/shadows work really well here!!
posted January 22nd, 2015  
Pretty shadows, like the black and white
posted January 22nd, 2015  
Pretty shot.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
BW on this one. Don't know what it is, but the color seems a little too contrasty. The blue of the sky just a little too baby blue, almost like chromatic change. But, I think on either shot the problem is the trees and blue at the top. Maybe if it was burned darker? Or a vignette to dull it just a little bit? IT would ruin the composition, but even if the blue was cropped off the top? Or luminance changed a little? Have a look at that, I think it improves the overall shot.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
Both beautiful, love the dress! I prefer the b&w as it has a more timeless feel to it
posted January 22nd, 2015  
Lovely image, super processing Elaine. Happy birthday to your Dad.
posted January 22nd, 2015  
Happy birthday to your Dad! Having looked at both pics, I am actually going to chose the b&w one as my favourite. It seems to blur out the details around your daughter, and just showcase her more, especially with the light on her face.
posted January 23rd, 2015  
So beautiful
posted January 23rd, 2015  
Happy birthday to your Dad. What an achievement! I also like the B&W one better. It puts the focus on your beautiful girl.
posted January 23rd, 2015  
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