Its Right There In Black & White

Jib relaxing after a long hike up the mountain.

Jib relaxing after a long hike up the mountain.

I don’t know what it is about black & white photography that captivates me? We live in this new and ever expanding colorful digital world, but something about the black & white and its variations can (in my opinion) make for some of the most eye pleasing images. The variations can be to the browner side or the bluer side, either way just the slightest edit to one shade or another can drastically change the mood of the image.

And for those of you who do not know, my black & white images are not a one or two click process. I actually know of about 15 or more ways to convert an image to B&W and then the variations come after that. For many photographers Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 offers several variations and flexible editing. I do use Silver Efex Pro for some conversions and edits. But it can also be very interesting to build that black & white image from scratch using Photoshop or Photoshop and various plugins. Before the B&W image can be even thought about you must first & foremost start with the best color image you can produce. So the journey from RAW file out of the camera to final B&W JPEG ready for posting or printing is actually longer than that of the color image. And for me the little editing journey is so much fun.

In this photo we see Jib resting in the afternoon heat. The color version is awesome, but I love this B&W that I created using Photoshop.




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