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A couple of B&W images, C&C please!

 
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Dec 24, 2010 12:55 |  #1

So yeah, I figured the only way I'm going to improve is by asking for people to criticize me... so here goes

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Thanks in advance.

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Dec 24, 2010 13:37 |  #2

You'll get better replies if you just post 1 or 2 photos, not 6.

The first one has blown out blacks, to busy.
Second one is crooked.


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Dec 24, 2010 15:29 |  #3

With the exception of #4 there is way too much contrast for my tastes. #4 is close.

Subjects don't do a lot for me. Street scenes don't seem to have a focal point for the eye to go to and 'see' what you saw.


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Dec 24, 2010 22:56 |  #4

these conversions are pretty rough

no detail i the shadows, harsh tonal range, you have find a balance of white grays and blacks while maintaining pleasant contrast


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Dec 24, 2010 23:00 |  #5

I would like a little detail in the shadows. What's your process?




  
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Dec 25, 2010 00:08 |  #6

My process? Shoot in RAW then edit with Photoshop CS5.
Thanks, all of you, by the way... listening to criticism is difficult, but necessary.
Still, as for the extreme contrasts, blown out highlights and blacks, I've always loved high contrasts on photos... >.>


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Dec 25, 2010 00:15 |  #7

I wasn't being smartalecky. I was asking your process for converting to B&W. There are many ways. Some with good results, some not so much.




  
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Dec 25, 2010 00:32 |  #8

Uh... I just check the "convert to grayscale" box in the photoshop RAW thing, and then fiddle with the colour settings a wee bit 'til I am happy with the results.


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Dec 25, 2010 00:46 |  #9
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I personally like them, I usually find B&W images to be too grey, which in my mind is supposed to be called grey scale. Then again I love high contrast as well. 4 is my favorite.


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Dec 25, 2010 04:56 |  #10

The Devil wrote in post #11510894 (external link)
Still, as for the extreme contrasts, blown out highlights and blacks, I've always loved high contrasts on photos... >.>

high contrast can be achieved without erroneous processing


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Dec 25, 2010 09:42 |  #11

I'm looking at these via iPhone, but they generally have nice texture. no composition, though; snapshots?


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Dec 25, 2010 10:11 |  #12

I too love high contrast B/W images, but don't like the underexposed shadows with little or no detail


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Dec 25, 2010 12:07 |  #13

mcluckie wrote in post #11512022 (external link)
I'm looking at these via iPhone, but they generally have nice texture. no composition, though; snapshots?

#3 and #5 are what you could call snapshots.


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