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07-07-12, 09:08 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
As a rule, the kind of pictures that convert well to black and white, either need a lot of tonal information, or strong shapes or strong textures. In fact these often look better in black and white than they do in colour, because when you strip away the colour information it simplifies the scene, making it easier to view and understand.
Your two shots above possibly lack enough tonal range, as you have some areas of heavy shadows where the detail has been lost. Did you shoot these in raw or jpeg? If you shot them in raw, you might be able to tone-map them to give them a subtle HDR look that might improve the convertion to black and white.
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