This is one of those scenes I found that simply screamed to be rendered in black & white. Okay, so “screamed” is an exaggeration – it was more of a subtle statement. The frost on the reeds and grass vs the dark tones of the pines and water, it all came together really well.
Despite having shot B&W film for several years, I still struggle with making B&W images on a regular basis. Some scenes work well in the medium – some work best there – while others just can’t get it together. When I do shoot B&W, I usually spend a little extra time finessing the images in post, with more dodge/burn work than on my color images.
Then there’s shots like this one that work pretty much out of the box. Which is always a nice feeling.