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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...


Monty




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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



+1



Nov 04, 2012 at 03:39 AM