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stedge wrote:
Monty, that is what I am talking about. I would like to know your method for converting to B&W. Is it posted somewhere here in the 2150+ pages? Ot a trade secret?! ;-)


It's no secret. I think I have posted it b/4, but my methods may have changed. Here goes:

I start out in Lightroom. I treat the image as if it were going to be color when done. I get it as good as I can. In the develop module I start at the top and work my way down. White balance, exposure, contrast etc. I also use the Adjustment Brush to get specific areas. Brighten and sharpen eyes, teeth etc.

Then to Photoshop.
I'll use Content Aware Fill to remove stuff. (and sensor dirt

From Photoshop I use a Nik plugin, Color Efex Pro 4.
Almost always I'll use the preset called "Detail Extractor" That preset really brings out the detail. THen back to Photoshop.

Sometimes the Nix preset messes up faces, I will mask the faces getting the underlying laster.

Then FINALLY to SEP2 (Silver Efex Pro 2), converting the image to b/w!

In SEP2 I start with the "Color Filter Dots" THere are six of them and they act like putting a color filter on the front of a lens. I try each one. I usually select the Green one.

Below the "Color Dots" are color "Sensitivity" sliders. They act on the underlying (original) colors. I slide each one back and forth stopping when I like what I see. I fiddle with each of the six sliders. THen to the top of the panel and play with the "Midtones" Slider. Then the contrast slider. THen to the coolest slider of them all "Structure" IT is like sharpening only better I add as much structure as I can w/o messing up the image.

Then I use "Control Points" to adjust specific part of the image as needed. I typically add a vignette. Just a little hoping no one notices it.

Finally back into Photoshop then to Lightroom.

In Lightroom once again do into the Develop Module and run through the adjustments in the "Basic" section. I aslo remove noise again.

It may seem like a lot of work, but it goes quickly. I love the post precessing as much as the photography part. I suspect I usually to to much on post, but oh well. I'm having fun with it

I hope some of this helps you. If you have more questions please ask, I'll try to help.

Monty





Nov 04, 2012 at 02:44 AM
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kwoodard wrote:
More with the trusty Series E 50mm f1.8. This time did a little "Free-Lensing, Reverse Macro" (holding the lens backwards in front of the lens mount, tilting slightly to achieve the desired focal plane).

This is maybe a 20% crop, I am about 3 inches away. Little guy flew into the shot.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8347/8152439086_691f889962_b.jpg
Up close and personal by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

What do you all think?


I think they are amazing! I'm always impressed my the closeup work!

Monty



Nov 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
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Yup..amazing. You sure do good stuff with that 50, Kevin.
And the rest of you folks..pages and pages of great shots!

Ed



Nov 04, 2012 at 02:51 AM
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Yet another from gallery walk. I was kneeling and talking pictures of the chair. I liked the backlighting. I saw a couple kids walking up. I asked the little girl if she wanted to be in a picture. She was more than happy to play along and even thanked me...


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  NIKON D600    0.0 mm f/0.0 lens    85mm    f/2.8    1/60s    5000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 04, 2012 at 03:14 AM
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Thanks, Monty!!


Nov 04, 2012 at 03:21 AM
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stedge wrote:
Thanks, Monty!!


If you are not using Silver Efex Pro 2, I suggest you give it a try. THey have a free trial...



Nov 04, 2012 at 03:27 AM
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Thanks for the comments, Leighton, Ray, Dean G, Georg, Peter, Philippe, Bert and Nancy!

Ray, liked the fall and winter landscapes;

Philippe, lovely lemur shots;

Samy, I liked the most the second bird and the "peanut pumpkin";

Leighton, great B&W conversion and OOF background with the 180/2.8;

Bert and Georg, very nice night shots, respectively with the 50/1.8 and 35/1.4;

Ian, I loved "The Old Man of Storr" B&W film shot, and welcome;

Dean, loved the Angkor Wat scenario and the early morning light;

Rinie, I agree with Curtis, even though I am not an expert on human portraits, for me your portraits of that beautiful little girl are out of this world! ;

Kevin, what a great macro of the bee + flower with the reversed 50/1.8, well done! ;

Monty, great first photos taken with Nikki.



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Nov 04, 2012 at 03:38 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
I think Rocky likes Nikki

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/ufiles/35/732435.jpg



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Nov 04, 2012 at 03:39 AM
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I noticed a lack of Halloween images, so here you go. All from the 50/1.2 AIS wide open at high ISO on the D800. Turned all NR off (way too smeary) and cranked up the sharpening in NX2 to USM 80,8,4 and then a simple downsize.

John





Spooky Skull

  NIKON D800    50mm    f/1.2    1/2500s    3200 ISO    -1.0 EV  







Spooky Skull #2

  NIKON D800    50mm    f/1.2    1/2000s    3200 ISO    -1.0 EV  







My Girls In Action Getting As Much Goodies As They Can

  NIKON D800    50mm    f/1.2    1/250s    3200 ISO    -1.0 EV  







And A Heavy Crop To Show How Sharp It Can Be

  NIKON D800    50mm    f/1.2    1/250s    3200 ISO    -1.0 EV  




Nov 04, 2012 at 04:00 AM
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The 180 2.8 AIS did some soccer today. This was the MLS playoffs with DC United hosting NY Red Bulls. The first pic has the referees posing with the two captains. The NY captain is in white and red - Thierry Henry, who was synonymous with Arsenal, and then for a few years at Barcelona, before ending up at NY. And he had a hand to play in many a France match at the international level.

Samy




  NIKON D800    180mm    f/5.6    1/800s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







Some fun before the game started

  NIKON D800    180mm    f/5.6    1/800s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







The athletic NY goalkeeper saved a penalty

  NIKON D800    180mm    f/4.0    1/1000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







Bill Hamid, the DC goalkeeper, punches away the ball

  NIKON D800    180mm    f/4.0    1/1250s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  




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Meet the two newest members of the family as of this past Wednesday night.

Cleo (as in Cleopatra) and Sasquatch (not our name). Both gotten from the local Seattle pet shelter. Our previous cats (also shelter animals) passed away this year and last after long happy lives in our house. It was time to adopt new ones.

Cleo was found wandering around some restaurant up on Capital Hill here in Seattle and is about 1 year old. Very playful and energetic - tough to get an image of her at f/1.2 as she's seldom still for more than a millisecond.

Sas was given up by his owners as they got a divorce and neither wanted to keep the cat. I just can't imaging that at all! He's 11 years old, has not very great vision, and is super mellow - sort of balances out Cleo.

Both at getting used to their new surroundings, but Sas is going to take a while. Us old folks have a tough time adjusting to new surroundings.

50/1.2 wide open.





Cleo At Play In A Bag

  NIKON D800    50mm    f/1.2    1/80s    1600 ISO    -1.0 EV  







Sasquatch Looking Rather Regal

  NIKON D800    50mm    f/1.2    1/80s    1600 ISO    -1.0 EV  




Nov 04, 2012 at 04:37 AM
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We almost adopted a little fellow who looked a lot like Sas. But Phoebe came along, and we wanted only one kitty. Getting her to hold still while awake makes it hard to get a nice shot like the one of Sas!

On a different note, here is some color from two or so weeks ago I've been meaning to put up.

All with the D200, the first with the 50mm 1.8 Ai, the other two with the 28 3.5 Ai.







Garret County Maryland







Beall Street, Cumberland Maryland







Western Maryland Scenic RR, Near Frostburg, Maryland. That's the Great Allegany Trail alongside the RR




Nov 04, 2012 at 04:54 AM
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Big Appa, love that last one.


Nov 04, 2012 at 05:02 AM
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georgms wrote:
Thank you, Leighton! No, close to 100 percent of the pictures I take for papers these days are published in color. Maybe that's why I love to play with B&W so much. Here's the color-version of the published night-shot:



Great picture Georg.

Bert



Nov 04, 2012 at 05:42 AM
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waysaz wrote:
That's Fuji film in a Nikon camera! Most likely F90x, unless I used the old F3 or 8008. And I haven't been a working pro in a while. I have a real job now.


Goes to show how much I know...

You may have a "real" job Nancy, but anyone who has worked as you have as a photographer deserves acknowledgement. My friend George, whose photo graces the current cover of the Sierra Club wilderness calendar and who just returned from a few weeks of shooting east of the Sierra Nevada mountains, has a job that helps put gas in his truck too. But when it comes to photographic chops, I'll defer to him every day of the week. Your work is impressive as well Nancy.

Forgive my playing mother hen on this thread. I've been doing it for two plus years and don't seem to be able to stop...



Nov 04, 2012 at 05:51 AM
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Sas is beautiful John! I'm so happy your family has taken him in. You're both very lucky.


Nov 04, 2012 at 05:53 AM
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John, that last shot of the trick and treaters is a gem. Wonderful work. I guess when you're shepherding your daughters through the evening, this is a great way to do it... with camera in hand. I love it!


Nov 04, 2012 at 05:59 AM
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Monty, the girl on the bench is a beautiful photo. Outstanding work.


Nov 04, 2012 at 06:06 AM
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Here is a photo taken with the 180 f/2.8 AI-s and then converted to BW in Lightroom. I read Monty's post processing routine and was exhausted before I was half way through... I simply can't work that hard...




Nov 04, 2012 at 06:07 AM
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Lovely set of images Ed. Beautiful country you live in. Nicely done.


Nov 04, 2012 at 06:08 AM
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