One of the things I would like to do more this year is to process images in black and white. I’m a little clueless when it comes to many things in post processing, and I’m also not at that point where I see something in the field and think ‘that would look great in black and white’.
I’m hopeful that the more I try and process in black and white the more I will see things when out and about where the shadows and lines and textures make me realise that it would be a good shot for this style.
The shot above is of one of the main staircases at an old girls school/manor house. It was only when I sat down to process it that I thought I would try it in B&W to see how it looks; if an image isn’t working with me for some reason I’ve started to try and think of things which would help bring it life by asking myself various questions. i.e. would it look good in black and white? would it look better if you cropped to just one section? would it look great without the use of HDR? etc.
This is one of those that wasn’t really working for me, but I felt after changing to black and white it started to feel as if it was something I could use.
For interest, here is the original, normal EV, version as well as my original tone mapped version fresh out of Photomatix: