There are many theories as to what makes the best black and white photos. I always found when it comes to landscapes the best photos are the ones that have the best clouds. It’s not really a big shocker but it is important. Having an absolute black and white is important to bring out the max range of light and shadows, but having the contrast and character of the clouds makes a huge difference with the overall composition.
In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, AF-S 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film
A couple of days ago, before it started snowing, again, we were out scouting getting a feel for the area now that it supposedly Spring. We went down to one of the local spots just off the highway that we tend to go to quite often. It’s a nice spot to gaze at the Sherwins and right now they are covered ion snow. It’s one of the great things about Spring, dry roads and snow covered peaks. All this basically translates to good black and whites. We had good clouds that day obvious sign of an approaching storm. The whole time I was out there the thought of shooting in black and white made it real easy to get some good images. That only comes with practice.