This shot was taken at the Big Pit Collery Museum in South Wales UK. What interested me here was the light tone of the grasses against the darker corrugated iron sheeting.
Black and white photography requires a different way of thinking and seeing. monochrome is about lighting, tone, contrast and texture it is not about colour. When looking through the viewfinder you are arranging areas of tone from light to dark.
Here is the RAW colour file straight from the camera. It will not look like a jpg file because it has not been processed, it is the raw unprocessed data, hence why it called a RAW file.
In Lightroom if you just convert to Black & white it will look like this grey and flat with little contrast as the picture below.
Again it not very impressive it doesn’t look lile black and white print.
The version above has had the colour channel sliders adjusted in Lightroom 3 to lighten the yellows and green of the grasses in the foreground
The final version above has had basic Dodging and Burning (a darkroom term for lighten and darkening). I used the adjustment brush in Lightroom to darken and add contrast to the sky and foreground. The edges were also darkened with the Lightroom edge darkening tool.
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