Wood curves – color, or black and white?
I’ve been trying different black and white conversion techniques lately. Every time I take a monochrome image, I make a note to try a black and white conversion. One method is using Nik Silver Efex Photoshop plugin; another is a combination of contrast enhancements using Tony Kuyper’s luminosity masks and a Black and White adjustment layer in Photoshop. Then I compare the B&W versions with a color one. Sometime the differences are pronounced, sometimes they’re subtle.
Here’s a conversion from the Nik plugin using a High structure adjustment:
A color image with a contrast adjustment using a luminosity mask:
And a B&W conversion of the color image that has stronger contrasts than the Nik conversion:
The darks come out more strongly in the last two, but you may not see difference depending on your monitor. Every time I look at them I change my mind about which one I like best!