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