I nearly didn't bother with this shot as I'd originally intended this to be shot in colour – the deck chair has blue and white stripes and Marhall had a red shirt – but it didn't work out, mostly because the sea just looked a muddy brown and detracted from the contrasting foreground colours. But in black and white, it's much better.

This shot was converted to B+W using a combination of techniques as follows (particularly aimed at producing contrasty but natural looking skin tones):

First, create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and set the saturation to -100. Second, create a Channel Mixer adjustment layer ('above' the Hue/Saturation layer) and convert to monochrome using the Red channel. Next, and this is the interesting bit, alter the opacity of the Hue/Saturation layer until the skin tones look balanced. With 0% opacity the skin tones will be bright (possibly over bright/exposed), with 100% opacity the skin tones may look dull or flat, or underexposed.

camera
capture date
aperture
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
ISO
focal length
image quality
white balance
cropped?
Canon G5
12.26am on 1/8/04
f4.0
1/1000
program AE
+0.0
evaluative
50
28.8mm
RAW
auto
minor
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