Which one is your favorite?

I made the image above in Trinidad, Cuba, on my last tour there in April 2013. This house was a pale turquoise, and I really liked the color contrast of it against his warm-toned tanned skin in late afternoon light. (see below image) But often with strong shadows, the scene can also be a great black and white photograph, so I decided to convert this using Silver Efex Pro 2, one of my favorite go-to plug-ins for converting to monochrome. It provides a great selection of presets and the tools I need to convert my color images to rich black and white versions.

Removing the color makes the image feel more classically documentary, timeless in a way. But the color image, while feeling a little more contemporary, has a national-geographic feel to it.  I really like both of them. Which do you prefer?







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