Visualizing in Monochrome

I thought that this posting on Learning in Grayscale was interesting and might prove to be an interesting thought exercise the next time I am out taking photos.

My stumbling block with this technique is that I typically find black and white photography to be sort of self conscious, stilted and one dimensional — where the photographer twiddles a color shot into black and white thinking that a B&W shot is instantly going to have more cred. B&W is not going to fix crap composition and other flaws.

I realize that this a drastic generalization. It is just that I have seen a number of instances recently with people trying to ‘legitimize’ their photos by casting them as B&W shots.

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