Do what makes ya happy – only you can decide that.
As for myself, I'm more than sympathetic, as I have gone through this myself. So here are my feelings, for now:
- My forte is B/W. I've given up color because of the difficulty and expense of developing and printing myself. I prefer B/W for 95% of what I see, artistically and I can control the process from composition through to printing. That alone is huge for me. Big enough that I now no longer feel as though there is anything to be gained aesthetically by committing a beautiful sunset/sunrise to a color medium. For me, shooting color is a game only worth my efforts when the natural ease of a sunset isn't present. But then I still prefer B/W for the reasons previously stated.
- There is a great feeling of accomplishment when color can be represented, even bettered, within the pure tonalities of a good hand made B/W print. The game is now afoot.
- Shooting color sunsets is hackneyed, showing no particular amount of photographic acumen. They can always be spiked in PS and often no one will be the wiser. Yes, there are occasions when, within the 10 minutes of the setting of the last direct light of the day and deepening hues in the sky, that one may feel artistically impotent. I just take solace in the fact that there is nothing I have done with camera or print that is aesthetically better than the hand of nature itself.
- B/W and color are so totally different disciplines for me now that instead of color film, I'll use a good digital P&S without regret. No worries, it just isn't intended to be fine art anything.
- Commit the sunsets to memory instead of film.
Last edited by ROL; 03-21-2012 at 01:18 PM. Click to view previous post history.