I once heard another photographer say "When the light sucks, make it black & white." I think for the most part, this works. However, don't let that be the only time you remember to try converting things to black & white.
Last week, we were on our way back from Yellowstone National Park (in the good, old days when it was open) back to Jackson Hole. A few miles past the entrance to Grand Teton National Park we came upon a stunning light show nature was putting on for us. One of those very fast, but impressive displays that you have to capture right at that very moment at that very spot, or it's gone kind of deals.
The few days before this had been socked in with clouds and the afternoon was supposed to be "mostly clear" according to the weather. Well, I was under the impression that "mostly clear" meant things would mostly be clear...stupid me. However, it worked out that being "mostly not very clear" gave us just enough break up in the clouds to get this light show for about 3 minutes. It was phenomenal to see. It reminds me of another quote I once heard from a not so famous photographer, "Exposure is hard.".
Anyways, so the point of the post was to remind you to try black & white when the light doesn't suck. I converted this image above to black & white and I'm quite pleased with the result. It's not that I don't like the color image, because I do. However, now I have two images that I like.
In case you're wondering technicals for the shot above, here you go...
Canon 5D Mk II, Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens @ F/16. ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/80th second. The color shot was processed in LR5 and Nik Color Efex Pro. The black & white shot was converted using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.