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B/W selective color

Hi,

I have created some images using Lightrooms selective saturation tool.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=659
I think this works out quite well to accentuate a certain colour and create a consistant series of pictures...

What do you think? Comments please!

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Re: B/W selective color

The idea is interesting but I think some of the images work better than others.

For me, the two funnel pictures have too much solid red and seem a bit artificial. The platform shot has promise but the boundaries of the red areas on the tower look a little false and I also feel that the shot would work better if the selective colouring was confined to that element only.

I rather like the container ship picture but again I feel that the colouring has been applied too liberally. It is definitely a very powerful image as pure monochrome

The moored lightship stands out as the best in this series for me. A strong composition and well-judged application of colour

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Re: B/W selective color

I think it's difficult to make a series of pictures like this.

I very much prefer the lightship too. I think it works on two fronts, the colour is slightly subdued so blends more with the grey background. Also, being the only colour it shows what the ship is meant to to - stand out.
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Re: B/W selective color

I think these are very interesting. A note on the presentation - the file sizes for web viewing are quite small and the images look a bit over-compressed and over-sharpened. I'd suggest moderating the sharpening and JPEG compression - aim for a file size of 200K .

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Re: B/W selective color

Thanks everybody for the good feedback!
I had a very graphic solution in mind. Maybe a re-arrangement on one background works better:



I appreciate the comment about the filter effect being too pronounced and I will try out some more options with more subtle settings.

Maybe I also need to try and make a better story out of it as at the moment the pictures are of the same theme but don't really create a storyline...

Again, thank you very much for the very constructive critique!

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Re: B/W selective color

Hi,

I started from scratch and this time left a bit more colour in the pictures. Also the vertical arrangement seems to be easier to achieve with the proportion of most of the photos:



I find it quite difficult to synchronise the whitebalance in a way that the ambient colour appears in the same hue...

Comments, please!

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