The advantage of the High Contrast Monochrome mode is having a b/w view of what you are taking shown on the LCD. This gives an instant idea of what the result will look like. That I found very handy and helped in composing the picture, focus point and exposure point. Not that I am saying my results are marvellous - far from it but I like the possibilities. It was just a pity there was a lack of white cloud.
All these are exactly as taken by the Nikon with its highest resolution jpg (no RAW available). If the odd horizon or tree is tilted blame the hairy monster who seemed to delight in trying to turn me into a 21st Century Houdini by wrapping the lead round my legs if we stayed in one place for too long.
The variation of shading in the sky is not a fault in the camera - distant blue in the sky was much paler than that overhead.
|My favourite of this batch|
As an addendum - video can also be shot in monochrome.