Lightroom Photography Photography - Black & White

Take 2: The Barn at Pierce Point Ranch

In a comment to my earlier post, Doug Kaye said he wanted to like the black and white version – but was having trouble because of the lack of detail in the sky – which went almost completely black as I cranked down the blue grey saturation.

So, here’s take 2 – with the blue bought back from -100 to just -18. I think I agree with Doug – the first version was too dark in the sky. Take 2 has more eye appeal – particularly the low glow in the sky on the right side.


Lightroom Photography Photography - Black & White

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:



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.]