02 Jul 15. It being Theatrical Thursday when anything goes, I'm going with a B&W of Miss Maggie. Now Maggie is a basically black dog, and a VERY shaggy one, so I thought it would be fun to try and emphasize both features without the support of color. Now this sounds simple since the dog is already black and everything else isn't, but the problem lies in the fact that when reduced to monochrome, many of the colors are very close to the same value of Maggie's unique black color. Converting the base image into B&W didn't give sufficient separation between Maggie and her surroundings to make for an even moderately acceptable picture. To get around this problem, I applied a strong (over the top) detail enhancement to give lots of definition to Maggie but reduced it to varying degrees on everything else through the use of a mask. Now my shaggy story takes shape and you can clearly make out all of the dog, save for her eyes which you can't see even when looking straight at her, and perhaps even get a sense of her moving across the screen. This is our designer dog who is supposed to be non shedding and who provides us with enough fur daily to weave a small throw rug. Apparently she either didn't get the manual or can't read.
I took the base image and adjusted for max tonality first, then applied a strong detail enhancement to get the needed definition, converted that to B&W, tweaked that a small bit, and finished with a green filter as you might when shooting B&W film. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/800 sec @ f / 5.6