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    Process for creating the image, "Unto a Place I Walk"

    This is a simple but exceedingly tedious process for getting everything out of a B&W image you ever wanted, and then some. I learned what I know of the process from David Byrne, a British photographer who's won every major salon exhibition in Europe Awards | David Byrne I am nowhere near where David is in using this process and perhaps in three or four years I can at least get close. There are ten slides in the demonstration.

    1. The original image post RAW editing:

    DBP 1 original image.jpg

    2. A Black and Wite Layer Adjustment with the "Blue" slider pushed all the way to the left.

    DBP 2 B&W adj blue slider left.jpg

    3. A Contrast Layer at 80%

    DBP 3 Contrast layer at 80.jpg

    4. Exposure Layer Adjustment at minus 2.42 (I've named this layer - "Darks.")

    DBP 4 Exposure Layer 1 - darks at -242.jpg

    5. Darks Layer inverted (Control I)

    DBP 5 Exposure layer 1 inverted.jpg

    6. Second Exposure Layer Adjustment - named "Lights" at 88%

    DBP 6 exposure layer 2 - lights at 88.jpg

    7. Lights layer inverted (Control I)

    DBP 7 Exposure layer 2 inverted.jpg

    8. Using the masks on the darks and lights layers, set a brush for 10%, soft, and set your color as white as you will be brushig in and not out, color.

    DBP 8 Layer brush set to 10% mask color to white.jpg

    9. and 10. are details from selected parts of the image. In these, I have just barely scratched the surface of where I eventually went with the image.

    DBP 9 Detail of painting in darks and lights top middle.jpg

    DBP 10 detail of painting in darks and lights bottom middle right.jpg

    Good Luck! I think the end results are well worth the effort but this is not a process you can complete in 20 or thirty minutes of PP. I spent close to 16 hours on this image which can be seen in the B&W gallery..
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    Six hours is still nothing, I would say you are fast. To create good FB print (the way I want) takes longer. Plus costs money.

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    Boo boo I repaired. 16 hours was the time spent and it was my first effort. The image, Last Bastion was several days in the making. I have Jone Cone print most of my fine B&W work. Exquisite printing but pricey.
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