Black and White conversions

Written by Eric W on May 19th, 2009
Black and White view from our back yard.  That's lichen on a branch.

Black and White view from our back yard. That's lichen on a branch.

I’m somewhat inspired to try Black and White again today. I read Trey’s review of NIK Software, and that reminded me of their Silver Efex Pro software (which he reviews on his new tutorial).  I bought it last year at the NAPP expo, and loved it.  The problem?  I have absolutely no eye for B&W photography.

It’s not that I haven’t seen plenty, or don’t get the science behind it (although I’m a bit fuzzy).  Something just doesn’t click upstairs.  I think that’s going to be one of my next big pushes over the next few weeks.  It’ll be tough, though – colors are finally here, and I really want to play with them.

The photo above: I was playing around with the macro setting on the sd500.  It’s neat – you get a narrow depth of field.  Converting to B&W has some neat parts – I like the muted background with the analog noise, but I’m not so sold on the overly bright foreground.

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