I really do like this... but it is a shade contrast-y. Also, the sprinkle of light bits by his head - is that light on water? Because black-and-white, you can't tell there is water behind him. Again, maybe because of the contrast.
the water drops really add drama and the black and white works well, as =meihua said there is a bit of grain but if you had of smoothed that out you would lose a lot of the details that make this such a great shot. When you convert to B/W do you do make an adjustment layer in color then desaturate? Ilike how much depth this has and often B/W can look a bit flat, although I am a fan of B/W shots
I switched to Lab mode and selected the channel with the most detail in it and used that one for the basic b/w image. The grain is from the underexposure on the main body of the bird, it is probably 3-4 stops underexposed.
the grain doesn't detract from the photo. Thanks for sharing how you did your B/W I have tried a few ways, some I have had better results than others. I sure would love to have one of these birds close by to try photographing.
wow kev... this is beautiful, may I add this to my list of things to draw/paint from your gallery? lol. I'll have something done soon too to show you so get excited! hehe. This would look really pretty on black scratch board.
Gorgeous, it really is. You've captured a nice amount of motion with the water droplets, and the light coming from behind the Egret (it is an egret isn't it, a snowy or a cattle egret or something similar?) I really love how the light coming through the feathers isn't too bright but instead highlights the details instead of blurring them out like too much light probably would. The great thing about this, is that there is still a significant amount of light in front of the bird, allowing details on this side of it to bed defined. So great capture