I crave color...bright and vibrant color! One would be correct in calling me a coloraholic. But sometimes a photograph just screams black and white to me. In this photo long eyelashes, a scattering of freckles and wispy hair is brought front and center in black and white.
This photo was taken in direct midday sun so the exposure was not ideal. However, when I
started to play around with processing and stripped away the color I found these amazing
silhouettes just begging for the spotlight. The dark darks and blown out brights made for a perfect black and white.
This is another one where I was shooting into the sun. I knew as soon as I shot it that I could really emphasize her silhouette and the backlight on her hair with a black and white treatment. This one has a bit of a sepia tone to it to create some warmth. A colorless photo forces the viewer to focus on what's happening in the photograph. I find that sometimes I have a stronger emotional connection to a black and white photo. An image screams black and white to me when there is a good mix of bright midtones, dark darks and texture. Compared to colorful photos where bright colors help the subject to stand out, in black-and-white photography the ability to stand out depends only on its ability to communicate emotion rather than on its appealing visual presentation.
So how about you? How do you chose whether an image gets the black and white treatment or not? We would love to see some of your beautiful black and whites in our Flickr Pool!