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Can't understand why you would want to make the first B&W when such beautiful colour is already present.
Just to fiddle with it, the color version of course will be included as well. But that is just it, I'm wondering if I can make a BW version that looks just as good as the color.
Ian Ivey wrote:
I think the second one was a bad example. Maybe these will give you a better Idea of what I mean.
In this image, I think you've got two things working against you. I see what you mean by "gray," and you're also competing with the very bright (white) background object between the heads of the closest and second-closest girls. That object intrudes considerably. The color version benefits from the distinctive aqua color of the dresses, which provide a solid cue to the eye that a face will be sitting on top of that column of aqua. So in this shot, in particular, I think the color version is a better option.
In the original images in the thread, the first pair are just low-contrast images, so they're going to look gray. But I actually think they work better in your B&W conversion than in color. Like those a lot.
As for the next image of the small group in the alcove -- I see what you mean, sort of: the faces are just a bit hard to separate from the other material, and that probably has something to do with local- or overall-contrast levels. But it's not bad. Add a bit of clarity/structure to that one and you might be happier with it.
Valid points. I tried adding more contrast to the same photo but the flesh tone is still the same value as the dress. Guess the value of that aqua blue just happens to be the same as the skin tone.