Very nice image. Your B&W IR looks like a 830nm/850nm IR shot, rather than a 590nm IR ("Super-Color") shot. So I am not sure how you are arriving at the B&W version. Regardless, here is the best process to use:
Shoot in RAW. Load the RAW file (NEF file) into Nikon Capture NX2 (CNX2). Camera Settings > White Balance > Set Color Temperature > Set Gray Point > Marquee Sample > click Start click/hold down mouse left button on upper corner of pic, hold down and drag to opposite bottom corner of pic, release button, wait. This will optimally white balance the pic better than anything you can do in the camera or anywhere else.
Load that pic into Photoshop Use CNX2 > file > Open With.. Or Save to TIFF file (16 bit), then open TIFF in Photoshop.
In Photoshop, basic process is this: Auto-Levels Swap the Red and Blue channels if you want to change the sky from brown to blue, and foliage from turquoise/blue to yellow.
Please view LifePixel's video tutorial page, watch video #10 down from top.
You may not own CNX2, but there are trial copies, so try it and you will like the way it works.
If you want the B&W look, then just stick with what you are doing, because it looks great.
You can also convert the color versions to B&W however you want, like with Photoshop, or in CNX2, etc..
Fri 18-Oct-13 09:09 AM | edited Fri 18-Oct-13 09:13 AM by ericbowles
I think Capture NX has the capability to do channel swapping, but it has a lot less functionality than Capture NX2. I think upgrading to NX2 will give you a lot more flexibility in editing images.
This image would be a lot stronger if you could darken the path. You can do that with a color image in Capture NX2 before you convert to B&W.
Are you shooting monochrome images in your D200 or converting to B&W in post processing? I often shoot monochrome images in the camera, but edit the images by converting to a standard or neutral picture control and then editing using the color file. With a B&W file, selective editing is much more difficult and channel swapping is not possible.
I am shooting in RAW and then converting to B&W in post-processing.
In the technical specifications of NX and NX2, it mentions 32-bit operating system. I am using Windows with 64-bit system. I have Capture NX (which I had taken off because it was too slow on my earlier computer) and now I will upgrade to NX2, after I get your confirmation that NX2 is okay with a 64-bit system. Thank you.