Not too long ago I stayed in a random hotel in a random downtown and took a picture out the window because the windows across the street were apparently curved and there was a sort of funhouse-mirror effect.
This is moderately processed, mostly to remove color from the nonreflective bits. I thought it might look good in B&W so I fiddled and fiddled, then remembered I’d taken advantage of working at Google to get a free copy of Silver Efex Pro; so I fired that up and here’s what I got. You might want to enlarge it.
The workflow is pretty simple. Lightroom makes it easy to edit a copy of any old picture in any old external program, so I do basic cropping in Lr, then send it off to Silver Efex. That program has a whole lot of controls and I haven’t taken time to learn them very well, but it’s got a couple dozen presets that were built by people with more visual insight than I’ll ever have, so usually I pick one and go with it. I guess I should have remembered which one this is. Anyhow, after I was done I laid on a teeny bit more Lightroom love.
Bits are free-ish so why not be non-judgmental and show you both? I like one of these a lot better than the other, but I wouldn’t expect consensus on the question.
Frankly, I have no idea how selling copies of Silver Efex for $149 fits into Google’s business model, but I sure hope we keep doing it. Because B&W is fun, and B&W on steroids is more fun.