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After a long time trying (years it seems), I have a B&W conversion technique I like and I'm going through old pictures looking for something that might look good in B&W. Haven't tried all types of photos -- mostly landscapes and I realize it is far better to visualize each shot in mono when you take it rather than make it an afterthought.

In any case, a couple to share from Pompeii.







I'm disappointed with the shadow detail in this one, but the backlighting of the paving stones appealed to me.







Comments appreciated.

Des



Jan 16, 2012 at 02:36 AM
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I like both of these.
Maybe a little less of the foreground in the first one.
I like the contrast in the second one, the lines of the ruin walls leading to the water.
Greg



Jan 17, 2012 at 12:19 AM
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I like both.
Well-composed.
Not sure why you cant get more shadow detail, if you want it.
What technique are you using for conversion?
Scott



Jan 17, 2012 at 12:21 AM
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Thanks Greg and Scott. Scott, when I posted my first photos using this technique about a week ago I described the "workflow" for someone who asked. It's probably easier to refer you to that thread. As I play with things a bit more, I expect I can fine-tune things like shadow detail -- however, this backlit shot was very flat, except for the sky and the stones.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1074767

Des




Jan 17, 2012 at 05:01 AM
 

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Hi Des,
Dont know how to "translate" that workflow into anything I am familiar with, despite some overlap in name and perhaps function with PS. I like the first of the two images in your previous thread, BTW. It is maybe tilted to the right or needs some perspective correction?

The contrasty look in the two images above works well for me.

Scott



Jan 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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Scott,

I guess I'm not surprised the technique doesn't translate to PS since I haven't been able to use some PS tips I've read. I became disenchanted with Adobe years ago and stopped using PS (good and bad in that decision) so I don't have any way to try to come up with any suggestions. Sorry.

I saw your comment on the other forum about the tilt and I think you are correct. I actually did a slight "tilt" to the right on that photo when the original struck me as being tilted to the left . I should probably go back to the original -- or maybe it needs perspective correction after all.

Thanks.

Des



Jan 17, 2012 at 04:31 PM
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There's a large following for GIMP among the Adobe Disenchanted.
Scott



Jan 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
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I'm actually a fan of the leading path in the second shot. It pulls me in.

-Tim



Jan 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM





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