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

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