Decatur Depot in B&W

f/10, 1/10 sec, at 21mm, 100 ISO, on a Canon EOS 60D

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Let’s go back to early 2012 in Decatur, AL. The old depot there was one of my favorite photographic subjects and a great site for gritty HDR brackets. Just for fun, I took this middle bracket of the depot and converted it to black and white with some of the new-found conversion tools¬† that have been gathered over the last couple of months. To be honest, I don’t think a tone mapped image could have been any more dramatic than this one.

Only one thing was done in Perfect B&W – selective color darkening in the sky. All other processing was done in Aperture with selective curve adjustments on each component – sky, depot, chimney and asphalt. Just for fun, I’ve included the original frame before any editing below.


  1. Edith Levy January 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM #

    Great job on the B&W conversion Jimmy. I love the detail that you’ve brought out in the clouds.

    • Jim January 10, 2013 at 7:32 AM #

      Thanks Edith – it’s a lot of fun doing that!

  2. Jimi Jones January 10, 2013 at 7:33 AM #

    Wonderful shot, Jim. I love that B&W version. Really well done, man.

    • Jim January 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM #

      Thanks Jimi – I appreciate that!

  3. Mark Neal January 10, 2013 at 7:39 AM #

    Very nice monochrome conversion, Jim. Agree with Edith, sky/clouds are stunning!

    • Jim January 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM #

      Thanks Mark!

  4. Len Saltiel January 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM #

    It always amazes that certain images are perfect for B&W (I am a color guy). I never know when to do it. This was one of those shots that screams B&W. Awesome.

    • Jim January 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM #

      Thanks Len. Sometimes it is hard to tell, but anytime there’s decent color range and contrast, even though it would make a good color shot, it’s great for a B&W conversion!

  5. Mark Summerfield January 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM #

    The darkening of the sky made this shot, Jim. This shot would not have been much without the great detail you have pulled out of the clouds.

    • Jim January 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM #

      Totally agree Mark, that’s why it was the first item of business in processing. Once it came around, the rest was easy! Thanks bud!

  6. Chris Maskell January 11, 2013 at 5:03 AM #

    The monochrome really works well, the sky detail makes the shot.

    • Jim January 11, 2013 at 5:51 AM #

      Thanks Chris, I totally agree!

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