Hai Van Pass in Color and B&W - Hue Province, Vietnam
The Hai Van Pass is 21km of pure asphalt heaven. Filled with tricky turns and banked hairpins, the pass is one exhilarating way to literally climb a mountain on two or four wheels. However, this post isn’t about the Pass, this post is about the mystery of black and white. I was post-processing this image in Lightroom and there was just something missing. By accident, I hit the b&w conversion option and something just clicked in my head. This didn’t really make sense to me as I think the colors of this photo are gorgeous with the deep blues of the sea and the greens of the mountain’s trees. There was just something so atmospheric about presenting the image in black and white. To be honest, I’ve been pretty reserved about doing B&W conversions in the past but I’ve been doing it more often lately. While I’m not saying that everything should be in B&W, there’s just some shots that are so perfect when you view them solely in luminance.
PS Visit the Hai Van Pass if you’re in the area. You won’t regret it. I apologize for my pointless rant on B&W conversions.