When I look at an image that I decide is worth editing to me, the one singular decision common to all of them is whether to edit the shot in black in white or color. With most shots the decision is obvious. The scene may look too dull without color. Or the scene may become too busy if displayed in black and white. Or some of the colors in the image are too distracting to the main focus of the scene, and black and white solves the issue perfectly. Or any other number of factors make my decision an easy one.
But there are many many times where just as strong a case can be made for me to record the image in color as it is to do it in black and white. And a few occasions when I've sat for and endless amount of time flipping back and forth looking at the image in both spectrum's, and still had no idea which one was better.
The easy solution in those cases would be upload the image to my gallery both ways. But I have chosen not to do this. I'm not interested in filling my gallery with multiple versions of the exact same image. I already have enough scenes with multiple images that only vary slightly between them, without adding more to the soup by including exact twins, even if one of the twins was monochrome and the other not. So I force myself to make the choice. One image one edit.
Thus far in the game, over the first 2700 plus images I've added to my galleries I've kept to a surprisingly consistent 4 to 5 percent ratio of black and white images to color, so I've been quite choosy as to which ones I convert to monochrome. If I gave in to my indecisiveness and displayed the ones I was torn on both ways, the number of black and white images no doubt would triple at the very least.
Given what I've just finished saying that makes this image quite unique. It is the only one I've displayed both in black and white as well as color. It is the same exact image you will find in my People Places N' things gallery. I displayed this one in the traditional landscape format, where as the black and white is in a square format, but the image itself, it is the exact same one.
It's the only one displayed in color as well as black and white, and it's going to remain my lone exceptional exception to the rule.
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