One last try at Black and White

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    The granite monument in the front is not part of the church but about 50-60 feet in front of the church. I thought it would be interesting to get both in the photo. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

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    As far as a B&W conversion goes, I think it could be a lot better.

    The sky needs to be seperated from everything else more...
     
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    I agree, but don't know how to. Can anyone post some guideline on how I might fix this picture.
     
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    Can you post the color version (to know what there is to work with)?
     
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    You bet, coming up in a few minutes.
     
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    Here's the original, untouched, uncropped and unstraightened. Please don't laugh too hard, but I was laying down in front of the church trying to center the monument on the church. Not a position I wanted to stay in too long on the sidewalk.

    Thanks for your help

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    My attempt.
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    Not sure what you'll think.

    Later (don't really have time to take all the screen shots), I will show you what I did.

    ...May have done it differently with the RAW.
     
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    "One last try" - hopefully this doesn't mean you are giving up on black and white.

    This is a nice picture, the symmetry is good.

    The main problem is that the black and white is very flat, and full of mid-tones.

    In O|||||||O's edit you see that the high contrast brings more dimension to the photo. It makes it more interesting to look at as a whole. I am not sure what process he went through to get his results.

    Most photo editing softwares will let you adjust the "levels", bringing in the sliders on the levels will help get rid of some of the mid-tones. That is what I did with the below image. (Along with bumping up the brightness just a bit) How far you want to go with the contrast is personal taste.

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    I definitely agree that the other B&W's look so much better than mine. The one small thing I don't like about them is that the detail in the crosses on top of the domes are lost in the dark sky. I can understand why this must be the way it is. Next weekend we're making a trip with alot of opportunity for photographing this type of church. Is there a special way of metering and exposing photos when I'm taking them to better prepare for B&W? Or is the best way to get really good B&W's to use the film cameras?

    Thanks for all the help.
     
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    I agree, but - it doesn't nessecarily have to be that way.

    I chose to darken the sky, lightening it would have been just as easy.

    ...I'll show you in a sec.
     
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    You could dodge the crosses in photoshop to bring them out more, I was to lazy to take the time to do it.

    Taking black and whites the exposure isn't really different, you still want to get the correct exposure. It is good to be able to picture in your head what it is going to look like in black and white. Some pictures naturally make better black and whites.

    I am not really going to get into the argument of film vs. digital - since I know many people swear that film black and whites are the only way to go...and I know hardly anything about film.
     
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    Here's what I did to the first one:

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    With these simple adjustments to that:
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    You get this:

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    ...Ignore the JPG artifacts and all that stuff..that's only from working on a web sized image. I guarantee you that it would look a lot better with a RAW to work with - this is just to give you an idea of what is possible.

    I did all of this in Lightroom, but even GIMP should have no problems doing it. The buttons just aren't as pretty.
     
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