This image was a bit of a surprise. I liked what I saw through the viewfinder as a color image, however, when I opened the file in Lightroom, I began to play with it as a monochromatic version. The surprise was how much I liked it as a b&w conversion. My initial thinking was, I’m in the Smokies, an awesome place to photograph early spring color. Why on earth would I want to try b&w? The lesson learned once again is, b&w is simply a choice and one that should be made with purpose, regardless of subject matter.
A note on the processing. Ninety percent of this image was processed in Lightroom 5 with just a few minor tweaks in Photoshop to finish it off.