I could never get a Black and White to come out to suit me so I decided to put some effort into the process.
The zoo shots are the first ones where I could reliably reproduce the conversion from picture to picture.
I had been trying to just convert the color version with mediocre results. On these I made a duplicate of the photo, over saturated the photo, and then really jacked up the contrast before converting to BW.
I like the results much better, personally.
PS The over saturated versions look pretty bad before conversion.
I really like the b/w...it focuses the eye on the texture and detail of the shot. Nicely done. It's a little dark though. How did you convert?
I like this one because the camel looks like it has been lighted with soft boxes. I deliberately made this one a little darker because the animal stands out from the background well and it was pretty "orangey" which is pretty well hidden in this mix. That and the fact that I tend to prefer darker tones as a rule. I will say that my favorite of the group (including the two in the wildlife forum) is the lions. I knew when I pushed the button that the lions would be good.
I was in spitting distance (literally) of the camel and it made me nervous every time it turned its head towards me.
In Lightroom (1.4) I made a virtual copy of the completed color photo. I then increased the saturation by 12 generally and the red orange sliders a little more. I moved the clarify slider to 65 and then ran through a series of high contrast BW filters (red, blue, green, and yellow) to see which one I liked best. Next I went to the sliders and moved them around until I found the combination I preferred (mostly red, orange, and yellow).
The attachment is a Grayscale using the default Lightroom settings from my completed color version