Oh, Photoshop, what have ye done? Now I can finally watercolor! Sort of.
The image on the left is from the actual photo I took. The image on the right is one that I "watercolored" via Photoshop Elements. At this size the difference is hard to see, but if you click on them, the zoom will show you what I mean.
I always wanted to watercolor, never had the time or patience. And now? I still can't paint with watercolors, but I can pretend I did so.
We all know the difference between color and black and white. Right? We see in color, we think in color, we describe in color, so one would think it would be easy to photograph in color, yes?
Maybe for some. Alas, not for me.
Don't get me wrong, I like color. I am fascinated by it. There are certain shades of blue I find mesmerizing, and could stare at them all day. Just wrap myself up in all that blue-y goodness. The flip side of that is distraction. For me to take a picture with the intent to display in color is orders of magnitude more difficult than if I were to display it in black and white. This is because it amounts to information overload. I like it, desire it, chase it...but often the result doesn't match the expectation, and I find myself in these recursive loops of color to print to color to print, ad nauseum. To my architect mind, the analog is making the transition from 2D computer drafting to 3D computer drafting. You can achieve spectacular results with both, but the "Z axis" (the color) adds layers of complexity quite different than that of just X and Y axes.
Occasionally, I hit it just right, but right now it is more guesswork than skill.
I do know this: black and white satisfies a subconscious desire of mine. I didn't know it until tonight while printing some images from color to grayscale to black and white. Watching the b/w print coming out, I finally understood why I have been chasing the b/w images so much. They represent a view of the world that I wish existed, that I wish I had created. The black and white I love so much...I suppose deep in my mind it seems simpler, less complicated.