BW photos for CC

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  1. swoop_ds

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    Hello, I did some work on my pictures and converted to BW. The only photo that was planned to be BW was the one of the bird.
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    Not feeling #1 with her eyes closed =/ or #2. kind of looks Out of Focus.
    But the last 2 are nice :)
     
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    a touch more contrast! composition isn't bad
     
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    The first 2 are a bit short on contrast and tonal range, which is what B&W is really all about.

    What technique(s) did you use to do the conversion from color?

    By the way:

    is neither a critique, nor a gallery forum section.
     
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    Did you use photoshop for the conversion?
     
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    I used photoshop, basically, I did a high pass filter and then converted to BW. I just played around till I felt that the BW conversion looked good.

    Thanks for the critiques, sorry about posting in the wrong forum!
    -Dave
     
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    In the channel mixer, turn off the blue channel, give red 60% and green 40%...you will see a very nice difference...also, brighten up the faces a bit more... to flat and blah....very good compositions!
     
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    #3 is by far the best imo... but even that one looks a little soft... i like the high contrast...
     
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    Yes #3 is my favourite as well. I want to try the techniques tried above
     
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    #1 is a little muddy and the abundance of fly away hairs sort of ruin the photograph.

    #2 is rather lackluster to me

    #3 is really nice. The profile image works really well with the birds form and the b&w conversion is rich in tonal variety. good work. I think the image in calling for a few more tweaks to get it to its full potential but I'm not sure what it is.

    #4 I would do a little retouching to bring some light into the eyes and define the intricate areas of the iris more.
     

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