Today’s image was taken at the foot of Box Hill in Surrey last autumn. We descended down to a small stream near Burford Bridge where there were Stepping Stones across a stream. Mid stream I paused and watched the water funneling between the stones and I shot a series of images.
Back home it seemed obvious that this would make a visually strong B&W image and I produced one. And I liked it.
But when I looked at the colour version it struck me that although the funneling water benefited from the monochrome treatment, the image as a whole was diminished as a result of losing those faint tints of colour that added information to the context of the image particularly in the foreground area.
Deciding which image will benefit from a B&W conversion is not always a straightforward process – you may be surprised by the results. Sometimes the subtleness of colour is more important than you think.