Can I get some critique please (3 imgs)

Discussion in 'The Black & White Gallery' started by ChefDude, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. ChefDude

    ChefDude TPF Noob!

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    Do they communicate anything to you? is the B&W conversion effective?

    I'm not getting any comment either way on these, so am wondering if i'm on the right track?

    Thanks in advance
    Mike

    [edit: worked it out! Just add /original.jpg to the end of the pbase link :) ]

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    cant see the pictures.....
     
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    damn pbase :|
     
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    ah well i'll be happy to check back later.
     
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    In all of them the B&W conversion is fine. What are you using for it? The first has a pleasing composition. I like the street scene. I really like the second. The almost silhouetted figures are so anonymous, maybe it reminds me of walking on my college campus in a lonely mood. And the third is nice, but since the girl in the back is rendered so out of focus, I only wish the girl in the foreground had her entire head in the frame.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback - I would have had to rise from my chair to get My friend's head in shot as well as the oof friend.

    I quite like my style at the moment ( as a basis for improvement ), but that's irrelevant if no one agrees with you lol.

    Thanks again.

    I'm still not properly sure how to post consistent links from pbase :(

    Anyway, the B&W conversion:

    I tend to desaturate the reds down 50-60%, saturate the blues up by maybe 10%
    then take the LAB lightness layer and copy it over the (back to RGB mode) red, then green and blue channels .

    then I add a color burn layer (5-20% opacity) and a soft light layer (5-25%)

    resize for net.

    USM (50-100, 0.8, 4) and if necessary a local contrast USM (5-10, 40-45,0)
     
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    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    Still all I see is red xs
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    cannot see any images yet ... sorry mate, i know how frustrating this can be .. happens often when i post as well ...
     
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    Now I see the images...
    One and two I find unremarkable but not offensive either. The last one I don't care for too much empty space on the left. Of course some folks like that I just don't happen to be one of them. I would have shot it verticle and just the one face. Probably not the current craze though.
     
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    glad i got the link thing working :)

    okay mysteryscribe, that might explain the lack of comments hehe - I'll freely admit I do have to work up to unremarkable on the landscape shots, but I'm keen!

    Portrait and candid is my passion and I am looking to get better. I only shoot available light and I do think I need to learn a lot more about it.

    What about this one ?

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