Agave in Color

Agave, Island of Maui • Wista SP4x5 Field Camera

I am posting the color rendition of my Agave, Hawaii photograph.  I am very pleased with both versions.

Do you prefer one over the other?  I am leaning towards the BW version, but still love the rich color and strong contrasting lines seen here.

Enjoy!   Bill

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William Neill, a resident of the Yosemite National Park area since 1977, is a landscape photographer concerned with conveying the deep, spiritual beauty he sees and feels in Nature. Neill's award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection, and The Polaroid Collection. Neill received a BA degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Colorado. In 1995, Neill received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. Neill's assignment and published credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines. Also, he writes a monthly column, On Landscape, for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Camera and Darkroom, Outdoor Photographer and Communication Arts, from whom he has also received five Awards of Excellence. His corporate clients have included Sony Japan, Bayer Corporation, Canon USA, Nike, Nikon, The Nature Company, Hewlett Packard, 3M, Freidrick Grohe, Neutrogena, Sony Music/Classical, University of Cincinnati, UBS Global Asset Management. His work was chosen to illustrate two special edition books published by The Nature Company, Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder and John Fowles's The Tree. His photographs were also published in a three book series on the art and science of natural process in collaboration with the Exploratorium Museum of San Francisco: By Nature's Design (Exploratorium / Chronicle Books, 1993), The Color of Nature (Exploratorium / Chronicle Books, 1996) and Traces of Time (Chronicle Books / Exploratorium, Fall 2000). A portfolio of his Yosemite photographs has been published entitled Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness (Yosemite Association, 1994) which received The Director's Award from the National Park Service. A retrospective monograph of his landscape photography entitled Landscapes Of The Spirit (Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown, 1997) relates his beliefs in the healing power of nature. William has taught photography since 1980 for such prestigious organizations as The Ansel Adams Gallery, the Friends of Photography, Palm Beach Photographic Workshops, The Maine Workshops and Anderson Ranch Workshops. He specializes in landscape and nature photography and is concerned with conveying the beauty seen in Nature. Currently, he teaches online courses for and One-on-One Workshops in his home studio near Yosemite National Park.

30 replies on “Agave in Color”

  1. I also very much prefer the colored version, not because of the color but because the darker tonalities suit this subject better. The B&W version is much too light in the center of the agave, where the eye has to go eventually. Increasing the contrast slightly and darkening the overall image (B&W) would likely enhance it. Of course, this may be different with a print, where subtle hues might be better suited.

  2. I really like the color. I was fascinated by the subtle tones in the monochrome version, but the color version really jumps off the page and grabs me. I definately vote for the color version.

  3. I’ve been fascinated with the subtle, graceful, and even sensuous lines in agaves for quite some time, and this photo really brings those lines to life. I really like both the black and white and the color images, and I agree that its the perfect example of a fine image lending itself to several outlets.

    Congratulations on a fine image and thank you for sharing it with us!

    Greg Russell

  4. I love them both. They are such different interpretations of the subject I think they are equally valid. The most surprising thing is that they are exactly the same subject !
    Probably 70% of the time I’d go for the colour version and 30% B+W

  5. Hi Bill. Tough choice, but I probably still lean to the soft soothing look of the BW image in the last post. A high contrast image may have more pop, but I like a nice quiet understated image now and then and this one pushes that button.

  6. The one in color would be my pick if forced but I like them both. The black and white has an ethereal look which is pleasing. The one in color is dramatic.

  7. I love the black and white tis true … but the colour is indeed stunning …

    if i may? the black and white lacks the deepest black areas … what i love about it is the varying greys and whites creating the lines across the canvas … bring in the blackest of blacks and more contrast in B&W and i think its a winner …

    gorgeous, in any case
    >>> Gina (my blog – art, photography, poetry) (my photos)

  8. Much better in color!!! Love the rich green color!! The black and white image does not have enough contrast for me.

  9. I have to say that I much prefer the colour. The rich green/yellow colouring is beautiful and the mix of colour tones in the central spear definitely add something extra. I’m wondering if the brightness of the central ‘spear’ is drawing too much attention where the leaf shapes are a major feature of the black and white? The dark shadows top and right on the black and white pull my eye a little too much on the b&w Only my very much non-expert opinion – I’ll probably change my mind tomorrow too.. 🙂 I’m a colour-phile at heart too. Wonderful picture either way..

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