Don't drag the color along
So, a couple of weeks ago I camped in a very cold area (-10C plus strong winds), woke up to clear and cold, and hiked my 4x5 to the spot I wanted to capture a particular mountain and frozen water scene. This wasn't a sunrise, but might as well have been. Point is, I saw it in B&W, wanted it in B&W, shot it in B&W.
But, I also had some Velvia loaded up, in my pack. So I took a shot with Velvia too, while everything was still locked down and ready. Why not?
Developed the B&W, sent the Velvia to my local commercial processor. As soon as I had a dry negative, I spent hours and hours over 3 days perfecting my B&W vision. Finally got it right. (I'm on an assignment in China, don't have my darkroom, so I won't discuss how I perfected it, which is beside the point.) I did nothing but scan the Velvia. Nothing. To me it was just a snapshot. Moved me not one inch.
Showed the B&W to my wife. She said she liked it. Made me feel pretty good. (Got a bunch of compliments from others that saw it too. Lots of ooo's and ah's.) Then I showed my wife the Velvia shot. She said "I like this one better." Grrrrrrr...
I'm not even showing anyone else the color shot. And that's the last time I'll show anybody a color version of a B&W vision...