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I like the depth in the first one best. Even if she is flipping us the bird.
They're all very nice though. I like the third since it seems like babies never are looking in the direction of where they're going.
I'd like to know how you do your conversions too.
Well, it is a really really difficult thing to do.
They do seem a little bit on the grey side - ideally with a b&w you want to have SOME area of intense white and SOME area of intense black, with a good spread between.
It's hard to balance though - I took your color one and did my normal process, but very rapidly (and with a very small photo), so I've gone the other way and blown it out in a few spots (also uploading to photobucket takes away a LOT of detail and depth of "color"):
(in photoshop on my computer you can still see more trees than just that one dot in the background on the left - but that level gets lost with the upload, sorry!)
I add an adjustment layer for channel mixer, switch it to monochromatic, and mess with red and green depending on the original colors of the photo - in this case I went 60 red and 40 green - sometimes I'll go 2% over but this was already close to blowing out - then I merge and add another layer for curves and just use the droppers to make sure I am getting that intense black and white using the dropper tools...
The photographs are lovely Jamie. I'm not trying to be overly critical, so please don't think I am, but I've noticed generally on your images that they are a little bit too smooth/soft sometimes on the skin areas. do you use neat image or something like that? or is it from the heal brush in PS? They just seem a little bit un-naturally soft. Please don't think Im being too harsh, or taking anything away from your photography, you are good at portraits
If anyone wants a great B&W conversion tutorial, one of the members on my web site wrote an excellent one. I'm not trying to get you onto my site to join - honest, because you can read this tutorial as a visitor, you wont have to register. I hope it helps you all with your B&W conversions.