I love post processing. Almost as much as getting out and searching for that one shot that will make me rich and famous. Now, I’m not saying I want to be rich and famous, only that I love the search! Anyway, Cee’s challenge this week is to convert your photo into b & w using any post processing technique you have but to not rely on just letting the camera or your app change your photo into a simple gray scale. Because b & w relies on light and contrast even more so than color, I tend to add highlights with sliders and filters.
Here’s my original color image straight out of camera:
So, before converting, I cropped and removed the tree limb and metal in the lower right with the spot removal tool:
The conversion to a gray scale:
Playing with the blue, yellow, and orange sliders darkened the sky, lightened the grass and the house:
I used the graduated filters top and bottom to close the photo in and then used the radial filter to add highlights on the house and parts of the grass. At this point the effects are pretty subtle:
I then added overall contrast, clarity, and a post crop vignette:
With the final image I used a large radial filter to darken, and reduce the sharpness and clarity all around the house to focus your eye. I also removed some bright spots on the tree limbs on the left with the spot removal tool:
I hope I didn’t get too long winded. The entire transformation took maybe 30 minutes.