I’ve gone all black and white this week. I thought I would seize the opportunity to get a few shots of the scaffolding adorning our house with its rusty, dull metal and wonderfully aged texture. I like the colour of the rust, but I wanted the image to focus more on the contrasts of the light and dark and the textures and I hope this comes through better in black and white.
As I knew I wanted a monochrome image, the first thing I did was convert to black and white. I do this in the develop module in Lightroom. Next I cropped the image to get rid of the distracting bits of metal at the top and make the bolt in focus the point of interest with the silhouetted bolt kind of mirroring this.
I wanted lots of dark and light to create a bleaker, more industrial image, so I increased contrast and clarity to try to achieve this effect. It was not quite enough, so I boosted the whites and highlights and brought down the shadows and blacks. To finally get where I wanted I chose the medium contrast on the point curve to further boost contrast.
Although there is a bit of sharpening on import, I increased it a bit further and the luminance with it to avoid too much grain. I then added a slight vignette and finally using the spot removal heal tool, I cleaned up a distracting blemish on the top left of the picture.
I have done all the editing in Lightroom, but I would be interested to hear your views on converting to B&W in a separate program then finishing in LR.
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