My reputation in my local photo club is as a black and white photographer, because that is what I develop, print and mainly show there.
I actually had a club member exclaim in surprise "you take colour photographs too" when I displayed a colour 12x16 lab printed from a scanned colour transparency.
And I do enjoy projecting those transparencies.
WOW!!! Reading about everybody else's difficulty is very reassuring. Like a lot of you, I thought I was the only one struggling with this. For 3-4 years I shot only Velvia. Then for 3-4 years I shot almost exclusively B&W. Now, thankfully, I have C-41 capability so I can mix color with B&W. My local lab is a mile from where I work, but they are SO SLOPPY - dust on the scans, prints out of focus, it's just shit. I put a roll of Velvia 120 thru my 65 year old Ikonta and the slides were gloriously beautiful, but the prints were horrid. The good labs are 50 mi round trip. Yup, it's home processing from now on, but I'm probably done with e6 for a while. Until I can do it myself.
What is the question?
I started photography in about 1983 and have done mostly B&W since then, I did shoot a lot of Kodachrome once on a trip to England & Scotland, but for the most part it's been B&W - mainly for aesthetic reasons.
Over the past year I have shot both black and white and colour alongside each other in different cameras. Usually my Praktica has black and white and colour in either my Trip 35 or Zenit. When I looked back over my pictures from the past year recently I tried picking out my favourites and to pick a winner for my best picture of the year. All my absolute best ones were colour, I did not expect that.
I now have a dilema. I am out of C41 film. I have also had my hours in work reduced last month that I am really struggling again. I have a pile of donated HP5 but I have no facilities to home process and cannot justify the cost of chemicals and equiptment. The C41 process black and white is too expensive and always was a luxury. It looks like the only way I can use film in the future is to get the £1 rolls at poundland. So I have decided to have a colour year. There are a few projects I would like to do in black and white but I will do mostly colour.
Anyway slides have wider gamut than any (most?) digital scanners / displays, so reproducing them is impossible anyway.Nothing beats the feel of projected slides... I sure hope Fuji doesn't drop E6.
For a while I shot about 90/10 c41/b&w but currently its all b&w and I plan to stay that way, with a DSLR sitting in a bag for boring stuff like sale images or maybe a future color project. Not only did I choose to go all b&w for aesthetic reasons, but also ease of home processing, cost, availability, future availability, wet printing, and just a preference for the whole process, I love it. It took a while for me to sort it all out, but now I know exactly how I want to shoot.