That age-old question – colour or black & white? Leica shooters are tagged with so often being monochrome, especially on the streets. And, yes, that does bring out the forms, the action and the story. But does it “cheat” on the context?
Rarely is a busy street scene simple, and there is of course an art to framing the real focus of the story. Then, of course, there’s the choice of software – always hugely subjective.
Here’s a scene on a street corner, close to St. Stephen’s Basilica in lovely Budapest.
Processed in Tonality Pro, with a little extra contrast
Processed in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro, for a more “neutral” black and white
Colour enhanced in Nik’s Color Efex Pro
Original, levels and curves adjusted in Adobe Lightroom
Seems to me that the images with the extra punch and contrast work best – but is that “true to life”?