B&W conversions

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  1. abraxas

    abraxas No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've been working with these shots for over a month and still can't get what I want out of them- too colorful, too vivid. So I tried converting some to B&W. What do you think?

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  2. 1986

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    i like them and the black & white looks cool too
     
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    i think 3 and 4 are the best compositionally here...but not to say id like to see them in color...but :mrgreen:

    i really do like three
     
  4. abraxas

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    #3 didn't come out too bad in color. #4 looked too yellow. #1 was just plain freakish. #2 looked the best in full color.

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    Still too vivid for me.
     
  5. LaFoto

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    I am sure to have seen #3 on here in colour and I am also sure that I liked it at the time.

    I am not sure about #1, you say the colour version was "plain freakish" ... the b&w has many artefacts now, I wonder where they are from, and could it be oversharpened?

    As to the composition of these four photos, I am not sure I find the first two your top of the pops, with regards to just that: composition. I much prefer the bottom two.

    My posts indicates that I must be in a stage of total confusion :confused: ... I don't seem sure about anything :roll: (so many times the word "sure" :roll: :roll: :roll: - sorry ;)).
     
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    not sure about the 1st shot but the others.. well... err.... rock!
    think the biggest improvement is #3 it just looks so much better in B&W
     
  7. abraxas

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    I reworked #1 and converted it from the rework instead of desaturating the messed up color version again. Looks much better- no sharpening.

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    Although the canyon is incredible to see in person, the B&W versions are much easier on the eyeballs. I like them better also.
     
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    Better new version of the first photo. No more sharp line between sky and rock. I must still go learn how to do conversions by using the Channel Mixer and what effects I can create by pushing and pulling the different colours in grayscale. I have so far only read about it but never converted a photo of mine using that path.
     
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    I haven't tried that either- I adjust curves, contrast and desaturate back and forth until I get close to what I want. I tried the channel mixer a couple times but am a bit impatient. I need to sit down and look at some of Ansel's work- my brother's been telling me bits about some of his techniques that sound interesting.
     
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    Very nice b/w shots.

    Eric
     

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