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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:


2nd roll from Ricoh GR-1

With daylight hours growing shorter as winter approaches, I’ve been making an extra effort to photograph at every suitable opportunity. The portable form factor of the Ricoh GR-1 is doing its job, travelling everywhere with me and providing a useful prompt to stop and make some pictures. My second roll of images with the Ricoh was once more shot on Velvia 50  (note to self: buy some faster film for the gloomy months ahead).

I had the film processed and scanned at the Darkroom in Cheltenham whose service, including free postage, was swift. For 35mm film, I prefer to order medium-resolution scans (1545 pixels longest side from the Darkroom) from the lab to give me an instant overview of the photographs and enable me to send files to Lightroom. I’ve been impressed by the Darkroom’s scans which (according to the metadata) are produced on a Noritsu Koki QSS 32_33 scanner. As I have struggled on occasion to satisfactorily colour correct my own slide film scans so I really appreciate the instant gratification of someone else (or some nifty software) doing this work for me.

Here are some samples from the second Ricoh roll, followed by a link to the whole roll at bottom.