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Working on B & W, CC Please

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by mksjjs, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. mksjjs

    mksjjs

    383
    Dec 29, 2008
    Taos, New Mexico
    Ok so I'm studying more on B&W. I've researched different tips, one mainly not just turning my image into grayscale, but rather desaturate and adjust. Well I took this image sometime back and thought it might look more interesting in B&W. Now what I've done is just a test, I've played and adjusted tones. I've read that B&W is more about grays than blacks. I could be wrong on that one. Anyway, tell me what you think. Thanks!!

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  2. On my monitor the front is underexposed. I would lighten it up a little. The sky and clods are washed out. Whiter clouds on a darker sky would work better. The image is rather flat. The mountains look drab. Maybe it can be improved with some PP work.

    Maybe something like this:
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  3. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    Yer welcome Manuel!

    For the curious, here is the adjustment I made. Note the posterization in the clouds - this is produced by curving an 8 bit image, so you should be able to do much better by working on your original NEF. (I hope that you shot in Raw!)

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  4. mksjjs

    mksjjs

    383
    Dec 29, 2008
    Taos, New Mexico

    Learned my lesson a long time ago, camera always set to RAW!! Ok, ok, ok, maybe now and then jpeg+RAW.
     
  5. IanT

    IanT

    407
    May 14, 2008
    London UK
    Manuel, - I hope you do not mind...

    I really like this image and could not resist having a little "tweak"...

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    I ended up with a very similar feel to Chris...
     
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