I love colors and as the result of my unconditional love, you hardly can see any black & white examples in my portfolio.
This is the way it normally works. I take picture and right away I see the potential in it to be interesting black & white piece. I convert it to black & white in Photoshop and then spend 20-30min working on processing it. When I am done and ready to save it as the final JPEG, I always change my mind and switch it to color version. Colors always win.
Winter shots are the only occasions when colors are at disadvantage in my world. This is when I often have a chance to produce and publish b&w photo.
Shooting + Processing
I love shooting during the snowstorms. This is when I do not bother to bring DSLR camera with me. I only pick my point-and-shoot Lumix LX7 so I can keep it in my pocket and be ready to shoot quick and hide it again.
I was waiting for the train at the small station in Montreal’s suburb when I saw the train slowly moving through the snow. I was quick enough to take 3 bracketed shots hand-held. Later I merged 3 images to HDR in Photoshop HDR Pro (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“). I converted color HDR image to black and white in Photoshop using Topaz B&W Effects plug-in.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Lumix LX7
Focal Length: 10,7 (50)mm
Processing: HDR Processing in Photoshop
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) were used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“) Lightroom: straightening, cropping, contrast, color correction.
Photoshop: Cleaning ( I spent at least 15 min to remove distracting elements on the left side using the Stamp Tool), contrast.
- Topaz B&W Effects was used to convert color image to black & white version.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details.