With that thought, I forced myself to avoid converting my images whenever I start editing them. It is very tempting to see how it looks. It felt like an addiction. But I got to force myself out of it. I can almost say, "It's liberating." but it might imply I got something against B&W. That is absolutely not true.
Time went by and I begin to appreciate colors as it should. I genuinely feel what Brian Peterson keep shouting on his video tutorials. "Amazing colors!" he'd say. So even when shooting street, regardless of my pictures quality, I stick to colored. Most street photography are converted to B&W and I understand why. But It makes me wince whenever I attempt to do so on mine because the colors would be such a waste.
But then here comes some of my Flickr friends showing black-and-white pictures after the other. Although I honestly like them, I got worried that I can not appreciate them much. It got alarming when I look at their new sets of pictures and said, "Uff! Another band-aid black-and-white." This is very unfair. It is not my pictures and I can never tell whether they intended it to be monochrome or just the way I feel. Either which, it is still unfair not to appreciate the image because of my depreciation with such images.
I decided to convert myself. I have to be flexible. I have to produce someB&W pictures. Only this time, it should not be a band-aid. I figured, I'll have to "see" things in black and white. Take pictures of them seeing no colors. Only shades, depth, and texture. It might sound simple. But tricking my eyes to disregard color was actually hard.
There is one certain B&W effect that I recently came across and am interested to replicate. It has a Japanese calligraphy feel, or one of those dividers with oriental black painting. At first I thought simple silhouette shots would do the trick. I was wrong. And then went on to shooting patterns. That didn't work out the way I wanted either. But I'm running out of ideas and subjects to apply this kind of B&W.
It's on the final parts of this video. But watch the whole thing. It's entertaining as well:
I gave myself just a week to do this. I just want to refresh my love for Black and White. I do love them. I just lost my way on some ideals approaching it. On the last day, I found myself seeing more texture, depth, and shapes of light. I don't see them immediately but I can render some ideas without much struggle anymore. I still need to learn more about this. But at least there are some pictures I appreciated from this experience.
This dragonfly is actually dead. I found it on the floor at work and just put it on a brush, then clicked away. Now I'm not so fond of setting things up like a studio shoot. But this is as close to a live one I can find right now.
There's one more photo that I want to include, although it was taken much earlier than this project. I saw a stump planted on a pot and its shape immediately caught my eyes. When I took it, I was amazed by the colors in the background. But I was trying to avoid any direction to them. So I had to blacken them all out to showcase what really got me to take this picture.
At a different angle, I saw a dancing lady clothed with some Korean traditional costume, the ones with the very long sleeves. But when I went closer and tighter as this shot, I saw a little girl picking up her doll.
The black and white conversion on the above image is close to something I want to try. The problem is, I can't identify nor can I describe the name of such an effect. I've been going around Google in hopes to find an example of what I want, but so far, there's none. So maybe it'll be an assignment for me. A quest to find that particular B&W effect and produce a good picture with it.