I've been lurking and learning for a while on this forum. Since your collective expertise is far above mine and your kindness and friendliness seem exemplary, I've gotten bold enough to ask for a critique.
Attached are two shots, a jpeg made from the raw file with no alterations, and my attempt at a conversion to B&W using photoshop CS6.
I thought I had 2 puzzles to solve:
1. Can I make something pleasing even though the woman is out of focus? (She slid in next to her husband and raised the mask just as I was about to shoot, so this is really a grab-shot.)
2. What is the best looking color-to-luminosity mapping? (Sorry, I don't know the usual name for that.)
I'm interested in any comments. Feel free to alter the shot to illustrate your point.
Thanks and Best Regards,
P.S.Large files are athttp://www.flickr.com/photos/lurkingman/9166273799/in/set-72157634394862648http://www.flickr.com/photos/lurkingman/9137423921/in/set-72157634394862648