Well, with two people in agreement, perhaps I should explain some of the mentality behind the black and white. In the first image, the rocks (pure basalt) are completely black. Additionally, the low contrast sunset and the white sea spray and ocean caps produced an environment that very nicely suited the black and white print.
No worries if we don't agree, everyone should absolutely have their own opinion, just thought I'd explain why the image was produced the way it is.
I primarily shoot B&W film, and always love it when someone says "you should have shot it in color".
Oh well, gotta have a sense of humor if you want to post here. I'm assuming you're shooting digital. I do like them both as they are, but with the overcast look to them, I would take a red hoya filter so the clouds have a little more contrast in number 1. Looks great the way it is, but just a personal taste thing.
I might have done the same with number 2 also, because I love that contrast, but had I took those shot's, using my suggestions, I'm sure I would have been told that they were too dark. It's inevitable, but that's kind of my style. But I personally would like to see a little more contrast in number 2.
Oh well, to each his own. My own personal C&C is they look pretty darned nice..
jbylake, I completely agree that it's pretty darn humorous when the first thing someone says about a black and white shot is "wow, that would have looked great in color!". You're absolutely right though, gotta have a sense of humor with life. Thanks for the suggestions as well.
I'm tweaking the shots slightly as I type this, the images up top should update shortly.