Oh, I like what the radial filter to the sky did here, Phil. This is a beautiful B/W conversion. Ah, you added the original while I was looking back to see if you were the person who hadn't used SE before! You have two very different feels here. In the color version the flowers grab my attention, in the B/W I am drawn back to the distant hills by your treatment of the sky.
Thanks Helen. Yes i,m getting to like the effect the radial filter has on some images. I've just been playing around really. If i'm right I think it was you that posted the link for that tut originally. I had a slight issue uploading both those images (something went wrong) so I had to go back and edit the post. I also downloaded all those presets for Silver FX Pro that somebody posted a link to. There are some really good presets there, but I can't remember now which one I applied to this image. ( It's an age thing !!!)
Intriguing to go back and see what does and doesn't work. I must admit I rarely convert to mono, and even more rarely do I think to 'shoot' in mono. So thinking about Helen's guidance on images that should convert well: strong lines, geometric shapes etc, this jumped out at me from my archive as a possible candidate:
I'm afraid I have never ventured outside of the Silver Efex Pro presets (and mostly just go with Fine Art) so this time I went with Full Dynamic (smooth). It has kept the drama in the sky I think, but not sure it is better than the original:
Phil, Sydney, Helen, thanks for your comments and interesting that you thought it worked ok. I guess like most people I always struggle to see my own images through other people's eyes and only focus on the bad bits, whereas in theirs I focus on the good.
This is an image I cropped and converted to black and white a few months ago. I am sure I used Nik Silver Efex Pro (as it is my goto app for b&w conversion), but I don't recall which preset I might have used. I felt the crop and conversion gave it a sense of drama, mystery and intrigue as opposed to the colour image.
I like colour usually but having studied this thread I can see the attraction of some black and white photography. It lends a whole different look to a photo. The shadows and highlights seem more pronounced somehow and give more depth to the photo and dare I say more drama too.