The creative editing process that I am using includes B&W ‘conversions’ along with ‘water color’ effects. Some images are presented using both approaches but the galleries are separated based on the development approach. The images are intentionally ‘soft’ with the color images having additional ‘softening’ applied.
The marshes, rivers, and creeks present a fractal-like set of patterns that strongly contrast the visual impact that we have with our man-made structures.
I recently attended a local gathering for wedding-related vendors in the newly renovated ballroom at the American Legion (on Bull St, in Savannah.) I set the Nikon D7000 to shutter priority with Auto-ISO enabled (max at ISO 6400.) During editing I created three variations from the original color image so the set contains:
Color fade + toning
This was a ‘mixed lighting’ environment (late afternoon daylight + incandescent lights) so I selected the Lightroom default for ‘incandescent’ white balance.
In general, the originals were ‘noisy’ so I applied some ‘noise reduction’ using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. IMO, the B&W images look the ‘best’ with the original color version be acceptable with the exception of the first image (captured at ISO 400 and several stops under-exposed so the tinkering introduced quite a bit of ‘noise’.) The ‘toned’ images present a different ‘look’, especially for the venue. BTW – Jeff Brown (All About You DJs) was manning the sound station.