I found many of Stephanie's second set to be quite conducive towards B&W conversion. I tinkered a bit with the first one. I've mentioned that I've been a bit on a B&W craze and so I've been experimenting heavily with different conversion techniques and I came up with this:
Stephanie D3/70-200mm f/2.8G 1/200th f/11 ISO200 @200mm. B1600 in 40º gridded beauty dish from upper camera right. B800 kicker in 20º grid from camera front left. B800 into flag for background light from camera left.
After templating the first one, I decided to do 5 more in the same effect. I ultimately had 6 finished images from the set and I decided to throw them together in a composite image:
The composite took me a while to complete. These days it's rare for me to put together composite images unless it's a 2-some or a 3-some but rarely more than that because it takes so much time to retouch each image. That being said, it's a lot easier when your model has good skin and looks as young/good as Stephanie.
This next one is a prototype from the 3rd set that I'm working on. Let me rephrase; I'm finished with this image but I'm going to work through the 3rd set with the same look and feel as the following image:
Stephanie D3/70-200mm f/2.8G 1/160th f/11 ISO200 @135mm. B1600 in 40º gridded beauty dish from upper camera left.
The irony is that as infatuated as I am with B&W, I'm also very intrigued by the presence of color... more so than before and that intrigue exhibits itself in my recent images; including but not limited to some of the desert pictures that I retouched recently. As a result, the color images that I've retouched recently have been "pushed".
I'll probably have something to say about "pushing the limits" in my next post.