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  1. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The seminarian at our church is being ordained as a deacon in a couple of weeks and my wife thought that it would be nice to do something for him. She thought that he might like to have one of these framed, so I thought I'd once again turn here for opinions.

    I think overall, I prefer the color, though I'd really like to do b&w. I just don't think that the conversion did very well. Thoughts, comments, and brutal attacks all welcome.

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  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The black and white is a lot less flat that the colour approach. Which is why I - a colour person normally - would prefer that one over the first. Contrasts, depth, all comes out better.

    There are three quite distracting bright spots in both versions, though, the stone on the righthand bottom, the - whatever it is - right next to The Virgin Mother's head, and that part of the background to the let which is lit by some spot light. Maybe you would want to work on that just a bit? (The thing next to The Virgin Mother's head needs to be worked on!)
     
  3. Rob

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    The first thing I thought was.. "Black and White". I've done another version for you which I think does it more justice. Let me know if you want me to e-mail it to you?

    Rob
     
  4. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Rob, feel free to post it here. I'm not too proud to be outdone :)
     
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    I think i prefare the colour one, the statue itself is almost mono anyway so the background oranges and browns add a nice warmth to the picture.

    Maybe you could clone out the white bits that LaFoto mentioned.

    Also I think it would have benefited from a shallower depth of field, enough to blur the background slightly, but maybe you could do this in photoshop?
     
  6. Rob

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    Here's an attempt at how I would start doing it in PS. Hopefully you can get the idea and do it how you want it (if you like it in B&W!).

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    I like the color version.
     
  8. jadin

    jadin The Mad Hatter

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    I'll be the odd man out here and say I like the first b&w. For me contrast is one of the best elements of a photo and that is best represented by the first b&w.
     
  9. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks all. Ultimately, I went with the B/W. I took the suggestions of those who had an input and burned the small area above Mary's head and also that area on the left center and sent it to MPix for printing. I think it will come out nicely.
     
  10. DocFrankenstein

    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    I think you should leave the distracting elements... they form a triangle and the eye keeps looking at the picture longer...

    pure IMO of course
     

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