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snaarman
23rd July 2008, 07:22 AM
I was quite taken by the lines of this bridge but the colour version is lack-lustre. I have been fairly harsh with the monochrome, but I wonder if it could take even more contrast?


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/614/presteigne_bridge.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/7045)

Pete

ndl0071
23rd July 2008, 07:49 AM
I quite like this as it is, I love the line of the bridge,as it looks now on my work monitor it looks as though you will start to lose the bridge at the far end with any more contrast, no doubt you have experimented already, what do you think?

Neil

snaarman
23rd July 2008, 08:06 AM
Neil

Hi there.. Yes I know I am pushing the limits a bit, but the far end of the bridge and the lane are still above black on my monitor.

I tend to check the monitor regularly (the black and white limits of this LCD vary as you tilt it). I use pages such as this one

http://epaperpress.com/monitorcal/

to confirm I can still see the full range from by current head position :-)

Pete

ndl0071
23rd July 2008, 08:23 AM
Hi Pete

Yes I'm sure that's the case, my observations (very unscientific) are taken from this vey ancient work monitor which I am sure does not do justice to the pic, (not for the first time). It just looks as though the far end is starting to merge with the black, I just wonder if you can lift the whites a tad rather than increasing the black as you would by using more contrast.

I'll have another look this evening on a decent monitor, and let you know.

Neil

ndl0071
23rd July 2008, 07:22 PM
Hi Pete

As promised I've taken another look at this pic, thanks for the link for the monitor callibration by the way, it showed that my work monitor has an issue with blacks which is why this photo looked the way it did to me.

I think more contrast is the key as it is the image still looks a bit flat, I'd be happy to give it a go if you are OK with this, let me know.

Neil

snaarman
23rd July 2008, 09:19 PM
Neil

By all means give it a good shove, lets see how it comes out :)

When I used to develop and print B+W I would always end up with high contrast prints if I could. I have also heard a comment that most pictures can benefit from at least one area of real black. Something to do with the way our eyes judge scenes perhaps..

Pete

ndl0071
24th July 2008, 06:17 PM
Hi Pete

Phew, been working on this all day*zzz

I've boosted the contrast by adding a bit of 'dodge' to the whites and a tweak with curves using CS3.

Not sure it's the look you had in mind but I felt it gave the shot a bit more life, anyway let me know what you think.

*chr

Neil

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/presteigne_bridge1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/7122)

snaarman
24th July 2008, 07:57 PM
Hi there..

Yes, that looks good. I had a feeling it could take more punch :-)

I am uncertain about the lane in the background. I know it give the picture "somewhere to go" - but I wonder if it could be cropped out altogether..

Oh. These artistic decisions

Pete