I would say that I never had any official course on photography. I did take Intro to Photo when I was undergrad; but I took it primarily for General Education credits, as I knew pretty much most stuff they taught at that point.
I do, however, have great opportunities to discuss and observe many talented photographers in my country closely. That greatly enhances my skill. I owe a lot to them
Black and White pictures always look amazing, but the contrast and shadows of this particular picture is what I think makes this picture all the more breathtaking. Makes me wish I was there to see it, but I'd want to see it in B&W.