"Colour is everything, black and white is more." Dominic Rouse
"The world is in color, you have to work at black and white."
"To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul." Andri Cauldwell
"I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black." Henri Mattise
As a general rule no one takes pictures then turn them into black and white. There isn't much need to. We take vacation pictures, family reunions, and pets. We want the color. The splashier the better.
There are a couple websites I go to regularly that feature only black and white photography. I became curious as to whether or not a lay photographer could tackle the subject. Newer cameras and online picture editors can easily turn pictures into monochromatics. Making them masterpieces is another matter.
The above picture was taken a couple weeks ago not too far from my Cabin in the Woods during a morning walk. I challenged myself to do some more B & W and some of those will be featured in a few days entitled, pretensiously enough, America's Colors and Mercer County in Black and White. I also challenge you to go out and give it a try. It's fun.