Colour conversion in Lightroom

In late November there were several days of heavy fog in London. So one misty morning, I took a borrowed Canon 5D MkII into Greenwich Park to capture the peculiar atmosphere before the sun penetrated the fog. It was landscape photography on the run, unfortunately, as I had no more than thirty minutes at my disposal that day. A Nikkor 24mm f/2 lens was used throughout.  I posted an image at the time but now I’ve sifted through things and picked a few more for the blog.

The mist subdued the strong colours of the autumn leaves and muted the light in a pleasing way. Once started reviewing the pictures in Lightroom, I soon found myself experimenting with black and white, and sepia tone, conversions of the colour originals. My preferred method for this work (after exposure adjustments and some sharpening) is to use a modified Lightroom plugin I developed whilst working on ‘The Woods’ book earlier this year. Essentially, it’s just a subtler flavour of the ‘B&W Creative – Creamtone’ plugin in Lightroom 3.  Here is a ‘before and after’ example of this process:

I find that this method suits this subject matter well. By eliminating what little colour the original capture has, the emphasis is placed on gradations of tone through the image.

Here’s a final image from the shoot, followed by a link to a full gallery: