The title of this picture is Gray Terrain, being the black and white version of Terrain.
At first I thought the collage part of this black and white would have to be a uniform shade instead of the kind of mottled scheme you see here. That proved to look flat though. It ended up being almost a straight desaturation, with those shades of gray corresponding to the colors of the original.
I’m still unable to predict how much work will be required for a black and white conversion. The differentiation color provides has a big effect, and often straight desaturation of the original just yields a muddy mess. That’s because very different colors can look the same when desaturated, because they’re a similar tone (or brightness).
No doubt it’s the power of suggestion, but sometimes black and white has the curious effect of implying color. For this image I almost still see blue, red, and yellow in the middle.
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