Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Black and White (at O’Hare)

This week, Sally at Lens and Pens challenges us to create black and white magic with our cell phone cameras.

Here’s a shot taken recently at O’Hare Airport in Chicago.  The late afternoon sun was pouring through the skylights as travelers hurried to their gates.  One advantage of a long layover is the luxury of time–more than enough to take photographs and eat a late lunch at a little Italian bistro, which had surprisingly good food.  Like a true foodie, I rate airports by their restaurants.  (Chicago, Baltimore, New York, and D.C. are high on my list, but Cleveland and Philadelphia are at the bottom.)

Here’s the shot of the terminal in black and white:

Late afternoon at O'Hare, shot with my Samsung Galaxy

Late afternoon at O’Hare, shot with my Samsung Galaxy

And the original in color:

Late afternoon at O'Hare, shot with my Samsung Galaxy

Late afternoon at O’Hare, shot with my Samsung Galaxy

Which photo do you prefer and why?  Does the black and white add a moodiness to the shot?  Does it detract from the original in any way or enhance it?

For other black and white “challengers,” click on the links below.

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  1. I have always liked the starkness of black and white photographs. there tends to be more contrast when in a building that is defined by different shades of white, gray, or light pastel colors. yet, in darker less definable surroundings, B&W nor color really do much for contrast.

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  2. Hi Janet. Thanks! Yes, I did notice that the floor is highlighted a lot more, but the sky is less noticeable. In the balance I like the b/w too. I appreciate your thoughts/insights.–Patti

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