Monochrome or Colour

As a photographer of over 36 years, I learned my skills a very long time ago, and as I started taking photographs as a teenager, I was limited to materials so almost always used black and white film, 

Initially no allegiance, just what ever was cheapest, Kodak Tri-X being the normal staple, then I stumbled on Ilford HP5, not as grainy and gritty as the iconic Tri-X, both working well for my years learning to develop and print images in a dark room, years passed and technology developed (no pun) TMax 3200 was great for sport, then arrived XP1 from Ilford a c-41 process film rateable at anything you preferred all the way to I recall 6400iso (amazing) my last Nikon DSLR worked at 51200 iso, even if it was a bit “grainy”.

Later before I moved to digital I was using Fuji Neopan 400, that was a film I really enjoy alongside it colour stable mate Fuji NPH, maybe I was always destined to be a Fuji photographer ….. 

So my images today are from the weekend, I was shooting canoeing, shooting in Fuji Raw, at 400 (equivalent iso), so which works best, monochrome or colour….

My formative years in photography are drawn to the mono, but the colour with the red impact on the lower right third, well it’s just as nice but I feel it lacks some of the power and strength of the black and white.

13.August.2017. River Tweed, Yair Bridge, Selkirk, UK.
Canoe Slalom at Yair Bridge
A canoeist negotiates the slalom course at Yair Bridge, on the River Tweed, near Selkirk during the Div 2 / 3 and Scottish J14 & J12 Championships. The event organised by local club Leithen Water Paddlers.
(Photo: Rob Gray )
13.August.2017. River Tweed, Yair Bridge, Selkirk, UK.
Canoe Slalom at Yair Bridge
A canoeist negotiates the slalom course at Yair Bridge, on the River Tweed, near Selkirk during the Div 2 / 3 and Scottish J14 & J12 Championships. The event organised by local club Leithen Water Paddlers.
(Photo: Rob Gray )