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Old 20th November 2008
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Some rather extreme B&W

These days I have been playing with Lightroom and some home-made B&W filters. I stumbled upon a particular effect by chance, while I was getting wild with the sliders. It is rather extreme and opinions are quite divided whenever I show the results. Your comments would be more than appreciated










And another B&W, this time with a slightly different preset:
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Re: Some rather extreme B&W

I like no.1 a lot. Number 2 reminds me of the jam escaping from a Jaffa cake. Number 3 is too dark, and the horizon is tilted. Number 4 is good except I would like the prow (showing off nautical terminology) of the boat to be sharp.
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Re: Some rather extreme B&W

Definately 1 + 3 for me. The rest
I love the sky in no. 3

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Re: Some rather extreme B&W

No1 - little too much dark ground for me - I might be inclined to crop so the stone slab is closer to the bottom corner on the rhs - this'll lead in with some foreground interest and shift the balance more onto the dramatic sky.

No 2 - well that's a nearly - I dont like the line of the sea on the horizon - I think it needs levelling. And the apparent line at the edge of the sea/sand detracts - pity because it is a neat idea and has a lot of impact.

No 3 - I think I'd crop it so the sea begins in the lhs bottom corner - there is nothing in the first few feet of sand.

No 4 - well again a good idea - but the boat is cropped in an illogical way and there is that oof bow. Potentially a very strong image (but would need to be re-shot) and the treatment is a good idea.

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Re: Some rather extreme B&W

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I like no.1 a lot. Number 2 reminds me of the jam escaping from a Jaffa cake. Number 3 is too dark, and the horizon is tilted. Number 4 is good except I would like the prow (showing off nautical terminology) of the boat to be sharp.

Yes, my views precisely. No1 is tops, and I have the same comments for the rest.

Where they are dark they are quite dark. This maybe your intention, (i.e. moody B+W shot) however it maybe your monitor is giving a different answer to mine.

in fact I just uploaded a black/white point calibration image into this gallery

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/622

for general info


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Re: Some rather extreme B&W

They're interesting to look at, but I think all of them lack a speck or two of bright white, which would hint at the full range from black through to white being used.

Of all these I like the boat the best, but I think it could be cropped quite hard on the right to lose the OOF section of the prow
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Old 21st November 2008
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Re: Some rather extreme B&W

Thank you for your comments. I can see that this extreme B&W thing needs quite a lot of work yet .I changed some pictures and they indeed look better with your suggestions implemented. I hope to present some more pictures when this whole enterprise matures!

Cheers, George
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