Sometimes I look at an image and think that it should be black and white. So how does one decide?
Well I think, and I am sure that there are many opinions on this, it depends on a few factors.
- How close to monotone is it.
- Do you want to bring out textures instead of colours
- Is there plenty of detail that the viewer can explore instead of the visual hit of colour.
- Is there dramatic tonal range that colour hides that becomes striking in black and white.
For example the following photograph in colour is very close to monotone and has lots of details and textural content so for me I would consider it as a black and white shot. The tonal range is moderate but not dramatic so perhaps not a factor for consideration. For me this photo is all about the textures of soft water versus rocks.
What do you think?