Just like writing a third album the third week of the One Four Challenge can be in itself a challenge. Of course there is an unwritten rule in this challenge that one week an image needs to go Monochrome. This week, is that week.
For this image monochrome was going to be an interesting balance, there is a lot of highlights in the snow and I had to be careful not to completely blow out the detail I had manged to get in last weeks image. I wanted to go for a film feel with the black and white; something people will look at and not jump and think it is a digital image.
I created a virtual copy of lasts week picture in Lightroom reset all the settings and then synced; clone, sharpening and noise reduction. I had and idea of what black and white toning might work, I applied a preset i created a while ago I jokingly named Daguerreotype. This preset is really just a strangely contrasted black and white preset. I tweaked the basic adjustments to stop tones from being clipped. I applied a few local adjustments to emphasize the path more, sharpen and lighten the shadow detail in the trees. I also added a slight split toning to give bit more depth and subtle contrast.
Overall I think the black and white transformation has worked well and it does have a slight film feel to it.
What do you think about the changes, let me know in the comments below.
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