Not so Black & White

I attended a funeral, l this week at Arlington Cemetary. It was as you would expect a sad day for all. The service was a full military funeral which up until this week I hadn't ever seen one and much to my chagrin (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) I was asked to take some pictures. I was feeling sort of like a Paparazzi or something. It seemed SO inappropriate. What I did manage to do though was take a few pictures of some headstones while I was there. (See below) I thought this picture would be kind of nifty if it were black and white, and I was thinking about making it a high contrast black and white, but I remember something I had read about Quadtoning. It seems that some of the most dramatic black and white pictures you see are in fact NOT just black and white. The picture you see here is a result of Quadtone. For those of you who haven't been following I use Photoshop for the bulk of my stuff. (Yes I know some of you purist are rolling your eyes at me.) I actually have something to say to all of you (Purists that is), but I'll do that on another day.

To give you an idea of the process I took the original picture, converted it to black and white using the gradient map adjustment layer. You have to make sure that your Foreground and Background are set to their default. Press (D) before you do the Gradient Map adjustment layer. After that I went to the Image pull down menu and went to Duotones. (Wait, you said you did Quadtones??!!) Well oddly enough the Quadtones feature is nestled right in there. I won't bore you all with the details here, email if you really want to know. Bottom line, you load a Quadtone Preset from Photoshop and BANG, instant dramatic Black and White, which is really not black and white. Until next time.......