I’ve been working on this image for a while now. As soon as I saw it on the computer, I knew that I wanted to convert it to black and white. It’s not bad in color (lots of early morning orange), but in my mind the color distracts from the shadows that are present. And I took the picture because of the shadows. Well, the shadows and the angular geometry of the building. It just seemed like black and white was the best option.
But I couldn’t get it to look quite right. I’d wind up with too little or too much contrast, too much brightness or not enough, or with a tone that just didn’t seem to work. Oh, and I was using Silver Efex Pro II, a piece of software that I really like. But after multiple attempts, nothing.
So, back to square one. I decided over the weekend to try it in Lightroom only. No Silver Efex. Just your basic Lightroom Develop module.
And for whatever reason, I liked how it came out. What I really like is the tone that I wound up with. In my mind, it’s kind of a warm sepia tone (if there is such an animal). Of course, I just might be the only one who does like it. But that’s OK. I can live with that. Oh, and it printed very well, too. Something to remind me of a really nice place with a pretty good view.