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    I work mostly in B&W because it gives me control from start to finish and I love the look but some subjects just need to be shot in color.

    Last weekend there was a cloud formation over the Great Salt Lake that showed horizontal banding of the rainbow. I had to shoot that in color. The B&W I shot that day show just another cloud, the pools and rocks on the shore look good but the color in the cloud was the shot of the day.

    On a typical day out I have between 20 and 40 sheets of B&W and 4 to 14 sheets of color. I shoot an average of 10 B&W a day. I don't shoot color every time I go out but I keep it if I need it and there are days I only shoot 1 or 2 color and no B&W at all.
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    Landscape is mostly what I shoot. I like to portray nature in all its wondrous and colorful glory. I shoot mostly color transparencies, also shoot some B&W. There are just some things that work better in B&W where color would be more of a distraction. (I've seen some stunning examples posted here). I wouldn't say one is easier or harder than the other, just different. It is, however, much harder to find good color training or workshops.

    I haven't shot B&W in 30+ years. I haven't shot transparencies in 30+ years. I am doing both now, and mostly due to APUG influence, so it's all your fault! I have found much that is helpful here.

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    I'm not as big a fan of landscape as I am nature in general but I do find some landscape photographs to be appealing. I definitely prefer color but I'm very particular about the quality of color. I prefer colors that, in my mind, are more representative of what I am accustomed to seeing with my own eyes in nature.

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    I love landscape for sure.

    This is a tuff one for me and this is only my opinion, not flaming anyone here, so with that said, I loved using color as in my earlier days that is all I shot, mainly chromes, but now as I get older I appreciate the qualities of BW as I have finally understood what the medium is all about.

    For me color is more about creating pretty picture as the colors can give the viewer a sense of joy or happiness with rich greens, blues or yellows, but to me color is just that, pretty pictures as people get lost in the color and not being able to see the image for what it is. Color is reality and nothing more in a sense as they, the viewer cannot get pass the color to understand what the photographer was actually trying to accomplish and most of the time you receive, “That is a pretty picture”.

    With BW it is more about the vision and the emotion as BW strips away the color only leaving the image and subject itself to impact how the viewer will react. To me it seems that with BW you have to have a better mastery of darkroom skills, to pull off the impact of what you are trying to portray, as you do not have color to help you get your point across or to create an expression from the viewer. And yes I have printed both and both fro many years so I am not slamming color printers at all as I use to only print cibachromes exclusively back in the day.

    Anyway, if that makes sense I have no idea.

    Just my two cents…

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjsphoto
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    For me color is more about creating pretty picture as the colors can give the viewer a sense of joy or happiness with rich greens, blues or yellows, but to me color is just that, pretty pictures as people get lost in the color and not being able to see the image for what it is. Color is reality and nothing more in a sense as they, the viewer cannot get pass the color to understand what the photographer was actually trying to accomplish and most of the time you receive, “That is a pretty picture”.

    well - only if you use colour to make "pretty" (aka sentimental - perhaps one of the most insidious emotions...) pictures

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    This question just made me realize something about my reaction to landscape photographs. When I see a print initially, I would say that I am attracted about equally to B&W and color landscapes. Viewed over time, however, I find myself losing interest in the color landscape, while the B&W holds my interest much longer. I'm not completely sure why that is, perhaps simply my own familiarity with the B&W process, or perhaps it's just a personal aesthetic. I also think there might be a tendency to tire more quickly of brighter colors vs. muted colors or monochrome.

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    I shoot both, but tend toward B&W.

    I don't think color would do anything for this image, for instance. It would make it "too literal," as it were--



    I guess I shoot color when I think the color is the interesting thing about the image. I think of this shot, for instance, as a flag with three stripes, and on the print it's interesting to see the purple flowers in the alfalfa in the forground, which would have been lost in B&W--



    Or in the attached image from the Halawa Valley on Moloka'i (2002), I think I got a more interesting contrast between the water and the grass in color than I would have had in B&W.
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    I like landscapes in both B&W and color. I only shoot B&W these days but I used to shoot a lot of color nature and landscapes. Bought a 4x5 about 20 years ago and tried to become the new David Muench. It didn't work out so I sold the 4x5 outfit. These days, my idea of the landscape includes urban areas as well as natural areas.

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    I see so much color work that just doesn't explore the subject at all beyond rendering a sunrise or sunset or 'golden hour' scene with no particular connectedness to what's in it that I sometimes think I have no use for such photographs at all. Then, I see some incredibly probing work, like Burkett's "Silver Maple and Rock Wall" of which I have a print, that I completely change my mind and wish I did more with color than I do (partly, as I've noted elsewhere, a function of being a bit red/green blind). That said, my blood pressure spikes every time I see a B&W landscape...not a computer monitor image, but the real thing. Even if it turns out to be a really pedestrian print, I have that initial, visceral reaction. It's just more exciting. I've no idea why.
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    I prefer to shoot landscape, and by landscape that means the landscape of a national park or the landscape of queens ny. My first love is black and white, but for the past year I've been shooting mostly color. What Ive tried to do (not sure if im successful at all, look at my gallery) Is to make photographs in color that are not just solid representations, or reproductions of the landscapes that interest me, but more so, impressions of how the landscape made me feel at the time I took the picture (im sure that sounds pretty cliche, sorry) As much as I like shooting at dawn or dusk, capturing the "magic hour" lately, I've found that my images of that nature don't inspire me at all, and capturing images of that type in either color or monchrome wouldnt change my feeling. For now, im struggling with what medium to use color or b/w? Its a tough choice, but I guess thats part of being a photographer.

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