B&W Blowout! (C&C) First Photo Post!

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  1. bkristopher

    bkristopher TPF Noob!

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    I am personally drawn to very high contrast and high brightness in my B&W conversion, but I would question if other enthusiasts, professionals and so on would think I am completely butchering a picture. I am new to the forum and this is the first I have heard the term "blown out". I believe that I understand the term for the most part. So I figured I would put a conversion to the test and get my forum feet wet. The picture I have below might not be my best examples of my love for high contrast and brightness, but your opinions are appreciated based on the conversion.

    Thanks.


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  2. ifi

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    Welcome to the forum. You have lost a lot of details in PP but seems like this is what you were trying to achieve. I missed the clouds details in "After".
     
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    bkristopher TPF Noob!

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    Mainly in the clouds or throughout? This contrast is what I am drawn to, but if there is a better way to achieve and keep the details I am open to suggestions.
     
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    mwcfarms No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think you can keep contrast if you were to adjust the clouds in a seperate layer from the building, and then merge them that way you wont loose the clouds as in this B&W half of them are blown out. Im not an expert on PS so I cant tell you how to do it easily but I know its possible. Oh and welcome to the forums. ;)
     
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    The clouds. But being a high contrast you lost details on awning on the building in the back but it will happen when you go that high in contrast.
    You can try to frame it differently so there are less clouds to lose details. I have seen some people using HDRs to solve this kind of issue.
     
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    so I did that as a quick test....didn't bother with fine mask details around the trees in the lower left....


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    well that one looks better. except for what you obviously pointed out.
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    did a quick edit in lightroom2.

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    I've always like high contrast B&W too. I would even push it farther than this. Try pushing the blacks a little more - that should bring some details back into the clouds too.

    I like the first one the most - just try to get a little detail back in the clouds. The others just look too gray.
     
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    High contrast is good... high brightness, not so much. Here's a quick edit I did because I'm in a photoshop mood. I'm from the school of thought that black and white images often look best when they're dark, contrasty, and moody.. I tried to bring that to your image for comparison.
    EDIT: *snip* how did that weird link get here?
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    +1 Reznap.
     
  12. bkristopher

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    You are in a photoshop mood...even shopped out the car! Thanks for the comparison.
     

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