The Barn at Pierce Point Ranch – Point Reyes

Take a look at these two images – derived from the same photo taken at the Point Reyes Workshop last weekend:

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Which one do you prefer?

After taking in the Ansel Adams exhibit with Chris yesterday, we got to talking about the use of color filters in black and white photography – something I had never really experimented with. So, when I got home, I fired up Lightroom 3 and took the color version of the barn photo and transformed it into the black and white version – using Black and White Mix panel in Lightroom’s Develop module.

I first converted the image to Black and White, then adjusted the levels for Green, Orange and Yellow grays to -100. I dropped Blue to -92 and Red to -22. Finally, I tweaked up the contrast a tad to +9 and the clarity up to +70. A final bit of sharpening and I was done.

Back in Ansel’s day, all of this was done using color filters at the time of picture creation!

[Update: 9/5/2010 – Be sure to check out two other versions of this black and white photo: take 2 and take 3.]

One Reply to “The Barn at Pierce Point Ranch – Point Reyes”

  1. I think I *might* like the b&w if the sky and foreground weren’t quite so dark. I see some detail in the grass, but the sky reads as nearly black to me. I think I want to see something there. Still, it’s a good example. And I love the NYC subway photo. If I didn’t know better, I’d guess it was posed. There’s so much going on.

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