Inspired by Aperture 64’s blogpost I decided to part company with my default B&W conversion process today. Normally I go straight to Silver Efex Pro without passing go and pausing only to pay US$200 to NIK.
However here I was exploring the black arts of channel splitting, calculations and, after a visit to my Kelby book, gradient mapping. I won’t steal Aperture 64’s thunder as he is going to post more on this subject next week and it would be saucery rather than sorcery to jump the queue. Besides which I haven’t really got beyond understanding that these processes are possible and the nuances and refinements lie far ahead.
Nevertheless I did have 3 cracks at an image using a) calculations, b) channel splitting and c) gradient mapping. But I’m going to leave the order for you to mull over until the bottom of the post. Assuming that is I remember to post the answer. So, which is which?
If anybody tells me they are the same I shall send them to the headmaster immediately. Or possibly the matron. She bears a fair resemblance to Hattie Jacques and packs a punch like Sid James.
Now then, I confess that my favourite is the last. After I had done the first one, that was my favourite. Out of one. After I had done the second one that was my favourite. Out of two. And so on. So I suspect if I did version four that would almost certainly become the table topper. What I like most of course is just the sheer scope of what is possible and the fun of getting there. And of course each of the images is better than the colour original.
Now the answer to this week’s class test is b, a, c. You may mark your own paper but no cheating please. If you have a preference for any of the images I am keen to hear (and why).