I view so many B&W image that I find wonderful but it is something I very seldom do my self but I want to start. I'm not even sure what makes a good B&W but I would like to learn. Here is a scene I photographed last weekend. This is one of the most unusual barns I have seen with all the windows. I didn't really care for color version so a B&W was born. I would enjoy your thoughts on this image & conversion....
I really like the capture. The large amount of plain sky leaves me with two feelings 1) it really focuses the eye on the detail of the barn and 2) I wonder what it would be like with more of the landscape context included in the foreground i.e taken from further away.
I see your point about the empty sky. The tough part about composing most barns is they are usually surrounded by other out buildings that are not very photographic. There was a old house camera left right next to that tree, in fact I had to clone a small part if it out because I wanted the tree there along with some of the corn to help frame the barn and give it some context. On the right side there was nothing but corn field and it was rather close to the barn. I tried moving camera right to place the corn field in front but there was no vantage point that let me see the bottom of the barn doing so. Without cropping really tight this was really the only composition I had.
Thank you for your thoughts, they are appreciated. : )