I often check to see if an image looks better as color or monochrome, as many scenes with good clouds or textures really “pop” better as monochrome images, even though most casual viewers prefer imagery that reflects what they see in reality.
This is a case where I feel the monochrome image is the stronger of the two; they are both the same image, taken with an iPhone 4S — the only difference is that the monochrome version has the blue channel dropped some 45 points, to make the sky darker and the waterman’s boat more visible, as I had intended; it also has gorgeous textures on the waterman’s hovel. The color image — to me — has too many elements competing for attention, the boat is lost to me and the textures on the hovel don’t really standout.
What is your preference? And why?
And here’s a poll for you as well.