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Digital Outback Photo Contest #016

Contest March 2006: IR to B&W Conversion #1

Limited to 8 entries (8 entries, contest closed)

See also our previous contests

  A Note on Copyright: This image can only(!) used in the context of this contest and the only site that has the right to publish images is Digital Outback Photo. If you want to use this image for any other purposes (e.g. marketing) you can acquire a license from us.
  There are no prizes for this contest as the evaluation of the results can be too subjective.

To share experience it is not enough just to show the results. We need precise step-by-step descriptions of all image editing operations that had been performed.

Photo was taken with the Canon 350D (IR modified by at ISO 200.


This photo was created using:

  • RAW Developer
  • EasyS Plus Sharpening Toolkit

Note: This shot was handheld and may show some motion blur


  • It is your task to convert the JPEG file to B&W using conversion tools of your choice and send in a downsampled JPEG (compression 9 in Photoshop) with 500 pixels wide.
  • You can download the original JPEG image (copyright Bettina & Uwe Steinmueller) from here (about 4.2 MB)
  • Use any B&W conversion technique you like (no sharpening!)
  • Describe the process step by step
  • Naming of the JPG: first_lastname_1305IR.jpg
  • Send only the instructions and the final image downsampled to 500 pixeles wide (JPG 9 in Photoshop) and your full name to:
  • Image should be grayscale or in sRGB
  • No sharpening or any selective techniques.
  • No layers, no frames.
  Note: As all photos should be in the sRGB color space it is recommended to download interesting samples and view them in Photoshop on a profiled monitor and at larger magnification.
  Sample Entry (by Uwe Steinmueller)

  • Levels
  • Channel Mixer (64,48,0,-8)
  • Mild S-Curve



#01 Per Stavnesli

1. Convert to BW with "Virtual photographer" (Windows only)
2. Strong S-curve applied with Curvemaster in wgcmyk (maximum black. Windows only).
3. Shadow / highlight filter in photoshop(shadow only)
4. Photo Kit (punch blacks and whites)

#02 Sven Klein

- Image Mode 16 bit
- Levels
- S-Curve, Blend Mode: Luminosity
- Curves (linear), Blend Mode: Hard Light, Opacity: 30%, Blend if Underlying Layer 45/78, 255
- Gradient Map
- Channel Mixer: +90, +36, 0, -2 Monochrome
- Flatten Image

#03 Stan Bonis

1) Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer Hue=0 Sat=0
2) Levels Adjustment Layer> Adjust each Channel R,G,B for white and black point
3) Fill Layer>Color>Solid Color R=0,G=0,B=0
4) Layer>Overlay>50% Gray> Dodge and Burn white and black adjacent areas to give impression of sharpening

#04 Khristopher Roberts

1. Image converted to LAB
2. a and b channels filled with 50% black to remove color
3. Levels Applied to Lightness Channel: 31 1.00 184
4. Shadow/Highlight Applied to Lightness Channel: Shadow: 0% Highlight: 20%
5. Curves Applied to Lightness Channel: In: 28, Out: 24; In:70, Out: 80;
6. Image Converted to RGB

#05 Karel Sobota

  • Image mode 16 bits
  • Levels & Shadow/Highlights per channel:
    Red: 54/1/245 - Shadows 0 Highlights 55/53/99
    Green: 20/1/149 - Shadows 0 Highlights 60/47/77
    Blue: 25/1.89/142 - Shadows 0 Highlights 44/41/66
  • Filter Alien Skin Exposure
    Black & White Film Kodak TMAX 3200
    *No* sharpening
  • Slight S curve adjustments
  • Filter Photo Filter Sepia 20%

#06 Fabio Riccardi

Processed in LightZone (here is the LZN file)

#07 C. Casana


  • New Hue/Saturation layer: saturation -100 (top layer)
  • New Selective color layer: neutrals: yellow +10; black +10; black: black +5 (next layer)
  • New Hue/Saturation layer: reds hue +20; yellows hue +20; magentas hue -50 (next layer)
  • Curves adj layer: S curve (next layer) Curve adj layer mid tones up a tad.
  • Levels adj B & W points

#08 Michael Hoffman


Mode: 16 BIT
Channel Mixer: MONO R=60% B= 0% G=50%
Levels: AUTO
Gradient Map: Black to White Mode: Grayscale








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