I wouldn't worry ...different strokes for different folks. A number of years ago I was invited to have a photograph of a particular piece in the Art in Public Places for an anniversary of that program. I photographed it with 4x5 format and couldn't decide which of four images to use so I spent very many hours to print all four negatives on one piece of paper in the required scale as they were going to have rear illuminated transparencies. Since the tonal separation was very subtle I also took some 4x5 color transparencies at the same time and spent 30 minutes round trip to the local lab. As you might have guessed the person incharge wanted to use the color. I insisted they use the B&W as long as they could be accurately reproduced. I was pleasantly pleased that they used the B&W.
Last week, I attended a lecture by Hank O'Neal.
During the talk, he discussed some of his conversations with Berenice Abbott. He said that there were times when she told him not to shoot in color even though he argued that a given photo "needed" to be in color. The rationale was thus:
When you take a photograph, you are compressing an image down from the real world, in three dimensions to a flat, 2-D likeness. Because of this, a photograph can easily become "cluttered" with too much information. Shooting in black and white allows the photographer to distill the image down to its essential components without having to look through the clutter of color information.
He did allude to the fact that some photos call for color but the thrust of the argument was that, to be a good photographer, you must learn how to shoot black and white in order to learn how to distill an image down to its essential elements.
He also picked on a couple of the digitographers in the crowd and told them that it is vital for them to learn how to shoot with film if they want to progress in photography. But that's a different story. ;)
I get that all the time with my wife. She goes a step farther and asks to see the color one.
Originally Posted by chuck94022
I do find that portraits & details work better for me in B&W than landscapes do, of course there are exceptions.
Another thing I've been playing with is printing my color negs on B&W paper. I've actually been pleasantly surprised so far.
Shot this last spring - Bluffer's Park on the shores of Lake Ontario