Black and White Mallard (5 Photos)
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I mistakenly underexposed the original shots. The black and white shots are the final edited versions of these photos. At the bottom of this post are examples of what I was working with when I created the B&Ws (the out of camera shot and the color fix before editing in B&W). Opening up the exposure and shadows created noise/grain. De-noising only worked a bit but sharpening helped. I used Nik’s detail extractor which brought out the ripples in the water and then Tonality Pro for the Black and White conversion (yellow filter, clarity and contrast). The hardest and most delicate work was removing all the artifacts, spots and debris from the water. The final photos may look like pen and ink drawings but they are photographs. This post-processing is very similar to that used with color negatives in the film days to the same effect (though with much more difficulty).