In a recent blog post Trey Ratcliff shares the following picture:
About the processing he says:
To achieve it [...], you can duplicate the layer then do some extreme sharpening and a black and white conversion using something like Silver Efex Pro [...]. After that, you can change the blend mode to Hard Light… it makes an interesting effect!
I would like to know how to replicate this effect in Gimp.
Here is what I have so far:
In the first version, I did as he said: Duplicate layer. The top layer gets B&W conversion (Luminance) and then sharpening (92 in Gimp) applied. Then I used Hard Light as the layer mode. Finally, I reduced the saturation a bit in the lower layer.
In the second version, I did roughly the same. I used harder sharpening (99 in Gimp). Then I added a mask to the top layer, so that the sky and the people are from the bottom layer. The sky so that it is not blown out, and the people just because.
My source image might not have been the best maybe. I see that Ratcliff's photo has harsh shadows, nice background and lots of detailed foreground.
Can you achieve something better?