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DIMA - Seliger, Russia

This shot is unedited, using the camera's built-in black-and-white filter setting. I nearly always shoot in color, even if I'm planning to go monotone, because while you can always take the color out of a digital image, you can't put the color back into a finalized B&W jpeg (at least not the actual color that was there originally). Besides, if you're willing to invest the time, you'll nearly always get better B&W results by converting a color image yourself with an editing program than by doing it in-camera.

But every once in a while, I like to turn the camera dial to its dummy B&W mode in order to get immediate feedback on how it's going to look, at least for a couple of frames. But no matter how sure you are you won't need color, I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you're also shooting in RAW+JPG (which saves the original color data even while spitting out B&W jpeg files), because you just never know when you might want to see it in color later.

While this photo could certainly be improved with some editing (and probably a square crop cutting out the blown-out sky), I decided to post this one without changing anything, because sometimes you get lucky and get pretty close to what you envisioned right when you hit the shutter, and if it's not for a job (where at least some basic adjustments should always be made), I'd rather save that time to edit another photo that needs it more.