…sorry to disappoint, but no poetry; just couldn’t think of a clever title. My brain is fried from preparing galleries, and I just took a break from looking at adorable children’s faces and pulled up a pic I took yesterday at a shoot, while my clients were getting out of the car. This is the reason that I love fall. The colors especially right NOW are spectacular and I love driving on a windy road, completely surrounded on both sides by technicolor foliage! So, as I was looking at this lovely scene, I realized that my nonsensical blog about a tree, could become a public service announcement for my readers.
I am asked very often why I don’t show EVERY image in a client’s gallery as color AND black and white. I hope that my little tree example here will answer that question quickly. While I do LOVE black and white, and very often do convert some images to b/w, not EVERY image is suitable. Look at the difference in these two examples, and you will see what I mean. Even though the little fella’s sweater is colorful, and looks GREAT in color, it also works beautifully in B/W, creating a difficult challenge for his momma in deciding which one she likes better! The tree however, (in my humble opinion) is a complete waste of the 14 seconds that it took me to convert because it just doesn’t work for me.
So, the answer to the original question is: I convert color images to black and white ONLY when I feel that the image is suitable. I will, however, convert an image to B/W at a client’s request, if they really want to see the comparison.