The Cour Marly in all its black-and-white glory. Located in the Richelieu wing of the Louvre, this beautiful courtyard provided us a welcomed oasis amidst the heavily trafficked corridors of the museum. In the right and left mid-ground are two statues considered masterpieces of French sculpture: the Horses of Marly, sculpted by Coustou in 1745.
After submitting this photo to Week 10 of Leanne Cole‘s and Laura Macky‘s Monochrome Madness Challenge, I rethought the highlights I had chosen to apply. Whether and how much to highlight any of the statues was a major sticking point for me, and I ended up creating numerous new versions. In the version pictured below, I removed the highlights from all the statuary except the two Horses of Marly, but greatly reduced the amount on those.
I’m still not sure which one of the two I like better, and in fact, I’m not even sure I’ve hit the most pleasing combination in either. The highlights in the first look too contrived; the ones in the second are more subtle, but I don’t know if they’re too subtle. And overall, I think both images are too dark. My eyes and my mind definitely are worn out from all the back and forth.
So I turn to all of you: I’d really love to hear your thoughts, even whether you think this was (or was not) a good image for black and white processing to begin with. Be honest; I can take it and your feedback will help me to improve!