Ducks in Black and White

About to write this, and THIS song comes on. Many a days, on the long drive home, I would put this on, roll down my windows, and take the road home, down Ute Pass.

Anyway, this post is about the various options of B&W processing. Don’t worry, not a marathon post. The options I have for B&W processing are too many even for me.

So, here we go . . . this is the prep I usually do in preparing for B&W conversions. Basically, cut the contrast, everything to neutral, and a tad brighter than shot. It depends on the photo, of course, but that works for many of my shots.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Ah . . . a new song came on . . . I like.

Anyway, here we go, down the B&W highway . . . 

First up, one of the many presets I developed for Lightroom. 

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

There are many things I could play with, but as a baseline, I thought this was good. I wish LR would have the option of adding borders, but as it is already an amazing program, I won’t bitch about it . . . much.

Next up, and these are presented in no particular order, playing around with the onOne’s Perfect B&W module.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

It’s a tad darker, but the larger view (click on photos to open larger view in new tab or window) shows off its nice treatment of the plumage. Of course, there is also the SmugMug Gallery HERE.

Nick Collection’s Silver Efexs Pro also offers up a number of adjustments . . . this is what I ended up with, also a tad on the dark side, but it works for me.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

Topaz is another program with a crapload of presets, plus the option to tweak them . . . in this case, here’s what I liked.

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

I like the ‘wiping out’ of the snow detail, isolating the duck with less distraction. I got the idea for this setting (which I saved) from DxO’s Film Pack 5, and specifically the Addox Silvermax 21 film emulation . . . 

Ducks, Geese, Birds,

There you go . . . all finished. That wasn’t too painful, was it?

I leave this post listening to THIS. By the way, I link YouTube videos, but I own all these songs/albums. 

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6 Responses to Ducks in Black and White

  1. oneowner says:

    I use LR5, Topaz and SE Pro2. I have also tried the converter in the onOne suite but it lacks some of the fine controls of the others so I tend not to use it much. I like the control of the SE especially and I think if I had to pick one, Selver Efix would be it. I like the ability to tone an image occasionally and I usually use LR for that because of it’s flexibility, self-made presets and non-destructive nature. Presets are nice because you can be consistent with the tones throughout a series of files.

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    • disperser says:

      I’m new to SE Pro2, so I did not play with it a whole lot.

      There are actually two B&W converters in onOne; one is their Perfect B&W, and the other is the B&W module in Perfect Effects. They are related, but the one in Effects can be tweaked a bit more.

      Plus, and I don’t tend to do this much, everything can be layered, although if I open Perfect B&W from LR, it does not give me the option to use it as part of a layer.

      As of right now, I really don’t have a preference as I don’t do much B&W. When the mood strikes me, I pick one and play with it until I am bored. I then call the results “ta-ta! My B&W Masterpiece!”


  2. That wasn’t painful at all!
    Cool how you B&W’ed the ducks!
    Great songs…I especially love the last one! But, the first one does make me dance! :-)
    Music to look at ducks by! Love it!
    HUGS!!! :-)


  3. AnnMarie says:

    Thanks for the link to Drew Carey’s Five O’Clock World video. I had never seen it and the song’s one of my favorites. And not until I went to the SM gallery did I appreciate the differences in the various treatments. Well done!


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