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 the 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 the 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 snow storms. 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 the 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.