My journey with a color camera

I had the opportunity to loan a Leica M9-P color camera for a few weeks recently and I was excited to be able to capture some color again.
My own camera that I have been using for about eight months only captures luminance and tones and it is not capable of recording any color information at all.

I was excited and confused at the same time. I have learned to “see in black and white” over the last eight months and I rarely think about color – except when I use B&W color filters to enhance contrast, separation and tonality within a frame.

When I initially purchased my current camera – which is only capable to see the world in black and white – I did so because I enjoyed B&W photography much more than color photography – and I wanted to force myself to become better at B&W photography by totally excluding the possibility of recording color images.
And it worked. I feel that I have learned a whole lot from this small experiment. The ‘problem’, however, is the fact that I’ve learned that I really do prefer B&W images to color images in all cases. As you can see from the images posted in this article – there aren’t much color information here.

I tried to process the images below in color first but the images just didn’t please me at all. Something was missing! So after a few days of fiddling with different settings, presets, film looks and what-not, I tried B&W conversions of the images – and voila, the results were much better (for my eyes).
I guess I prefer seeing the world differently than how I see it every day myself.

The result from this is that I can conclude that my investment in a B&W only camera was the right one for me, and that I don’t miss color at all.




Deep Perspective


Spring time

Melting Snow

Scrap Metal






Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

April 5, 2013 at 21:49

Wow these are incredible! I really enjoyed looking at them! Great job!

April 5, 2013 at 21:53
– In reply to: Jill

Thanks Jill 🙂
I’m glad you liked them!


April 6, 2013 at 05:06

And you’re really excelling at using that Monochrom. Great photos!

April 6, 2013 at 10:33
– In reply to: lignumdraco

Thanks. I really appreciate your feedback!

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Reed A. Georgereply
April 6, 2013 at 16:21

Very nice! Hope it’s okay if I cross-post your story on my blog ( It’s very interesting to see the effect the Monochrom is having!f


April 6, 2013 at 16:42
– In reply to: Reed A. George

Hi Reed!
Of course it is ok.

April 6, 2013 at 22:21

Beautiful photos in B&W, very very beautiful photos, I like them, thanks for sharing them.

April 6, 2013 at 22:28
– In reply to: margottrommelmans

Thanks Margot! I am really glad that you like them 🙂

April 18, 2013 at 22:03

great captures and great photos

April 18, 2013 at 23:21
– In reply to: interopia

Thank you 🙂

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