I started taking black and white photos in 1962 with a Kodak Brownie Camera. In college using a 35mm single lens reflex camera there was the trustworthy, but grainy Kodak ASA 400 speed Tri-X film. Fast forward. Today, with our digital cameras and editing software we have a choice of a color image, black and white image, or both.
A lack of color in a photograph often accentuates the bright areas and shadows creating a more dramatic photo. [Image: Mormon Farmstead – Grand Teton National Park. DSLR image edited in Photoshop and converted to black and white using Nik Silver software.]