1, 2 or 3?

This factory in Hvalfjörður, beneath the imposing rock face of the mountain Þyrill, is no longer in use for its original purpose, which was grinding rhyolite from the mine behind it, for use in making cement. Now only part of it is in use, to house electrical equipment belonging to an energy company. The rest is in remarkably good shape, but there are still some broken windows and rusting equipment giving it an air of mild abandonment. It was bitterly cold when I was out taking photos there in February and I only got off a few shots before I had to escape the bitingly cold wind and go back to the car to warm my numb fingers and defrost the tip of my nose.

It was one of those clear, sunny, frosty days that can be best described with the Icelandic word “gluggaveður”, literally “window weather”, referring to the kind of visually beautiful weather best experienced by staying inside in the warm and looking at it through a window.  The landscape was monochromatic and in this photo the only real colours were those of the earthmover and the sky:

Earthmover with the mountain Þyrill and rhyolite factory in the background - full colour

Partial saturation yielded this more subdued version:

Earthmover with the mountain Þyrill and rhyolite factory in the background - partially desaturated

Personally, I have always liked black-and-white, although in this case I’m not sure which I like best: the full colur, half-colour or BW:

Earthmover with the mountain Þyrill and rhyolite factory in the background - black-and-white

Which do you prefer, and why?

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