Color or not?

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I have a very hard time deciding when and if I should create black & white images.  To me, color adds so much that I am almost always hesitant to go to monochrome.  I know that you can do some really interesting stuff in b&w or tinted tones but can never tell whether it add or takes away.

I tried doing a sepia version of this abandoned plantation home near Bostwick, Georgia.  The James A. Nolan house which is currently boarded up and closed to the public is one of a few buildings remaining from the plantation that was worked by the Nolan family from the Civil War era up until 1970.  This home is not antebellum but was built about 1906.  There are older structures on the surrounding property.

I guess I’m looking for some input on what you think of the two versions.  Anybody have suggestions on how to decide when monochrome is a good choice?  I’m still not sure.

James A. Nolan House (circa 1906)
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
22mm @ f/16 – 1/125 sec – ISO 400


Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

3 thoughts on “Color or not?”

  1. I try to think about whether the color adds to the composition or distracts from the subject. I am very biased toward color myself, but I have tried to explore occasions when black and white may be preferred.
    I have found a few instances in which converting to black and white allows me to simplify the composition a bit by making distracting elements fade into the background by removing their color. Also, black and white gives you more liberty to play with the contrast a bit.
    But I still prefer color, because that is how I see the world.

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