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Mar 24, 2007 09:47 |  #16

Nice edit...on a wonderful image.


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Mar 24, 2007 09:50 |  #17

WOW Petra - what you did is really fantastic!

I had something like this in my mind's eye when I first attemtped to conceive the result, but then a lot of the tones just ran together, I lost the range and it turned to mud. This darker concept works very well, especially the way it appears to be a little vignetted at the corners?

Your cloud burn made a difference too - I'd left that alone, just seeing what sort of effect the Miranda red filter would have by itself. I can almost imagine the dragons flying over the lagoon, heading towards London's Big Ben, even though this is just Cleveland Ohio :lol: .

And I think this is one of the great things of art, photography and interpretation. It always impresses me how one scene can be interpreted several different ways by as many people, either through selective cropping, mood enhanced lighting (dodge, burn, contrast) softness of detail (grain or no grain) as well as point of view.

This sort of thing is helping me to get back into the "black and white darkroom." The last time I did any sort of wet B&W work was 1979 in my apartment, right before getting married. I still remember those pleasant words from my loving wife: "Stu, this is a kitchen, not a darkroom - I'd prefer not to be poisoned by any of your concoctions." ...... still trying to figure out the meaning of her subtlty..:rolleyes:

Petra, your effect reminds me a little of an action I've seen around here called Midnite Sepia I believe? Except this would be the B&W variant of such a thing.

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Stu, this image has some great potential... and I don't think you went the right way with it, even if IR is cool. I used the image you had to play with a bit, so the quality is not the best, but I think you get the idea.

I love the sky, you need to bring it out, make it darker! There's a very timeless feel to this image, even if the pavement gives it a way a bit, it coudl have been a shot taken 100 years ago. Now here's my more gloomy interpretation of your image. :)

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Pee Ess... I'm not that found of actions, but I do run one action that gives me a fairly good b/w to start with, and then I work the image with doge and burn, layer masks up the the yin yang. I love playing with b/w's!


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Mar 24, 2007 10:35 |  #18

tim wrote in post #2921947 (external link)
Stu, can you post the color version, or email it to me? I'm pretty sure I can do better in 60 seconds.

Sure Tim, here it is. You can see I did a little straightening and cropping... wanted to get rid of my station wagon on the right side.;) Sixty seconds? OK, I'm timing you....:lol:


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Mar 24, 2007 11:33 |  #19

Thanks Stu! If you want - send me the original file (I'll pm you my email addy) and I'll upload the full psd-file on my server once I'm done, and you can investigate what I did to it as I'll leave all layeres intact, etc.


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Mar 24, 2007 12:22 |  #20

NBEast wrote in post #2921478 (external link)
Wow, thanks Stu! Nice prompt to go check out Miranda's stuff.

Looks like the original didn't lack either.

Thanks for checking it out - I appreciate your input and point of view. ;)


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Mar 24, 2007 17:17 |  #21

I think Petra nailed it (great job!), so i'll leave this one. Have a play with the channel mixer to convert to B&W as a good starting point.


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Mar 24, 2007 18:39 |  #22

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I love Cyber Pets edit, has a more emotional/dramatic look.. exactly what I look for in a b&w

I do agree Jenni that Petra's interpretation has a stronger emotional punch to it. The image would be appropriate for some dark graphic novel, while my "lighter" viewpoint would be more akin to a screen print.


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Mar 24, 2007 18:40 |  #23

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I think Petra nailed it (great job!), so i'll leave this one. Have a play with the channel mixer to convert to B&W as a good starting point.

Ah! You bowed to the fair lady, Tim. You chose wisely ;) . I've found in my later years that deferring to the fairer sex was often smarter if not gallant.


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Mar 24, 2007 19:42 as a reply to  @ sapearl's post |  #24

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Mar 25, 2007 02:37 |  #25

Once again Petra - perfection! :)


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Mar 25, 2007 06:13 |  #26

beautiful 'fairytale' look to it.


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Mar 25, 2007 10:26 |  #27

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beautiful 'fairytale' look to it.

Thank you tlc. I wanted to give things an old "turn of the century, promenade around the lagoon look," and think I got pretty close to it. You see this look in old European postcards and some of the master's old ink prints.

Cleveland is certainly not Europe :D , but we have an incredible museum system and this was taken by the lagoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

This reflecting pool and gardens is a very popular venue for wedding work. With it's marble staircases, columns, old style light poles and other landscaping and architectural niceties it's a magnet for local photographers. The wedding limos are often bumper to bumper, but fortunately that was not the case in what was really a mild January.


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Mar 25, 2007 10:33 |  #28

I don't know how I missed this thread. I love Petra's version. I was going to suggest more contrast and a vignette, but she nailed it, as Tim said. The pic has great texture in it. Very beautiful! :)


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Mar 25, 2007 10:41 |  #29

Yes Jessiper - I've seen some of Petra's other work and really like her interpretation of subject and composition. She's got a nice grasp of capturing mood.


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Mar 25, 2007 12:05 |  #30

Yes, a beautiful edit, but you captured the moment ;)


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