Panasonic GH2, 14-140mm, f/5.6, 1/30th, iso 640
Processed with Topaz Labs B&W Effects
If you frequent some of my friends' blogs, you may already know that Topaz Labs just released a Black & White Effects program. It's getting rave reviews and after creating the image above, in about 15 minutes for my rookie attempt, I know why.
There is another company that does Photoshop/LR plug-ins, and they have a B&W program. I used it on a trial basis for a project, but came away with the feeling that I wasn't getting any more out of it than I could with Lightroom. So I didn't purchase. Some of that may have been that I wasn't willing to climb the learning curve.
With this Topaz program, I don't feel like there is any learning curve. Click on the Continue link and I'll tell you more, as well as showing the original for the above image.