20161009 B/W Conversions, Extreme Cases of Color to B/W.


This is the finished photo, not great. But since it is a camera wanted the photo shot, here is where the photo started.


Yeah, right camera you want a view of the walk thru tunnel???

Shutter release was hit as I carried the camera, see past posts of street photos.

With Lightroom, I brought it up to this in color.


As a film photographer, I have very little issue of grain. Modern folk of course have different ideas. Too each their own. That is art.


As you can see I use a “graduated circle filter” to select then invert the area effected.



In these Lightroom, you can see colors are not changed but overall exposure is also pushed up.


Once I “Virtual Copy” the color image I can then play with the sliders, and cropped it in more.


And here you see the ‘color’ sliders are pushed around as well as the ‘curves’ sliders

In PhotoShop I decided the Winne the Pooh ride was too grainy and selected it made a copy layer. Added some Gaussian Blur, and reduced the Opacity to make it a little softer.

Just an “Extreme case” to show what you can do.

Here is photo I selected to make example of, again due to the extremes involved.


My diagonal green vines is nice in color.


Not too many tricks to make this work but I did do some color and light balancing work.

However in b/w…


I had to do a lot of reworking. The 1st screen shot shows the diagonal circle graduated filter use in the color shot.


But I had to push thing around some more.


Here I used a adjustment brush.I also used a straight gradient filter on the top and under this “adjustment brush” as well as the right corner coming up towards the vine. That corner was both “too dark” and “too bright” so it took some playing around


You can see the changes made to the color sliders here and I have the “highlights” pulled down. I was pulling the green around but that “effected the background” because of the greens back there too. Here can see my “too light top left corner” It just pulls the eye off the center vine. But I could not use the graduated filter as I wanted the detail in the wrought iron railing.


Again, in this photo the colors are nice but the auto conversion was very unattractive.



The basic colors are similar,


Pushing the color sliders around got things more contrasted.

Some local graduated filters, 1 on the vendors on the right to lighten them up and another on the man on the left. But his lower legs got black and I spot adjustment brushed that area lighter.


I also cropped it in tighter.

In the next color shot I shot it for the short depth of field and in the b/w version I wanted to keep the separation.


Nice in color.


As the screen shots show I have to push the color slider around, but yes, the background is

maintained as less of interest and the bee & foreground seed pods are lightened up, Because of the red flower tips, it was easier to keep them standout. the bee was a little trickier.





And of course the church got shot but with a different cloud formation.




Since this was shot in the afternoon “golden hour light”, the stone work had a more uniform tone, but by pushing up the contrast and playing with the ‘lights’ & ‘highlights’ as well as the color sliders I got the stone work to pull out nice and “rough”.  I did an ‘adjustment brush’ on the bright clouds on the left to drop them some so that the right tower stood out more also.


The plants at the bottom had an ‘adjustment brush’ on them from the color version and I did adjustment some as well.





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