Dead Stuff in Black and White

I often see other bloggers present their photographs rendered in B&W. Most looks very good, and tears of frustration run down my cheeks.

It’s not fair! My camera captures color photographs! You can’t even find a B&W digital camera!

To be fair, even with my trusty Nikon N8008 film camera, my adventures in B&W were somewhat iffy. Processing labs seldom developed the photos the way I wanted. Sure, I could have built a darkroom and taken a nap, but in those days I owned a business; who had time to nap!

Wait . . . what’s this? DxO Filmpack 4; onOne Perfect B&W; Topaz Black and White 2 . . . let me see what these do . . . .

Clematis - onOne Perfect B&W
Clematis – onOne Perfect B&W
Clematis - Topaz B&W 2
Clematis – Topaz B&W 2
Clematis - DxO Filmpack 4
Clematis – DxO Filmpack 4

Summabirch . . . I don’t need a B&W digital camera! I got me photo filters!

Not only that, these are all integrated into both Photoshop and Lightroom! let me play with these a bit more . . . 

Clematis - Topaz Suite, Black and White 2
Clematis – Topaz Suite, Black and White 2
Clematis - onOne Perfect B&W
Clematis – onOne Perfect B&W

Will you look at that! Damn near can pass for a bonified artist, I be can!

I wonder if it will work on other dead stuff . . . 

Maple Leaf - onOne Perfect B&W
Maple Leaf – onOne Perfect B&W
Red Leaves - DxO Filmpack 4
Red Leaves – DxO Filmpack 4

DxO Filmpack duplicates the look of a lot of color and B&W films and slides.  

This next is not pure B&W, but is here to illustrate the following point . . . all these filters have adjustments that allow you to go beyond the presets, blend layers, and pretty much most of what you can do in Lightroom and Photoshop when it comes to adjustments.

Red Leaves - Topaz Suite, Restyle
Red Leaves – Topaz Suite, Restyle

The following two photos were presented as a pair (front and back) and in color in my Foliage II post, so I figure I should keep them together.

Fall Leaves - onOne Perfect B&W
Fall Leaves – onOne Perfect B&W
Fall Leaves - onOne Perfect B&W
Fall Leaves – onOne Perfect B&W

Not just leaves and flowers, but seeds are also good subjects . . . 

Seed pods - Topaz B&W 2
Seed pods – Topaz B&W 2

And, of course, Bluebeard Shrub flowers look good no matter the treatment.

Bluebeard Shrub Flowers - onOne Perfect B&W
Bluebeard Shrub Flowers – onOne Perfect B&W

Yes, there is a SmugMug gallery HERE.

Looking at the above, one might get the idea I prefer one program over another. That’s not the case. It depends more on the subject, texture, etc.

Also, city photography and people photography seem to lend themselves to B&W treatments more than do dead things.  Well, I don’t do people, and while I like the idea of cities, in practice I am averse to visiting them.

Therefore . . . dead stuff.

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Chicken Coop
Chicken Coop

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