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Old 6th September 2016
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when blue becomes black

G'day. Sorry, haven't been using the OLY much of late while concentrated more with the versatile Lumix FZ200 . The new FZ300 is on backorder ----- might be here this month as there is a world wide shortage

Honest thoughts appreciated on the editing of this one


I have always found light soft cloud, and blue sky hard to edit as I do with the far too many options for making a digital B+W. Was a also drama in the old darkroom and digital just made it harder for me

so I ripped a few slider back and forth rather hard
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Re: when blue becomes black

Works for me, Ian, very dramatic.

I find if you use the saturation slider as a first step to go to monochrome, it is easier to work from there, if that helps.
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Re: when blue becomes black

yeah but; you lose the power of the colour channel sliders. When I hit V in LR to make a B+W you can then drag the blue slider left will darken blue sky to near black and dragging to the right will make a blue go near white
Thats how I get a white sky area here

P1060520-2
by Ian Browne, on Flickr

I used the yellow/orange/red colour sliders to make the strong sunset colour lighter

P1060564
by Ian Browne, on Flickr
I have added a sepia tone also

Sorry Mr Oly; both lumix fz200 pics.
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Re: when blue becomes black

Ian
I like the idea on the shot but I would pull back a little on that blue slider mate.
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Re: when blue becomes black

Thanks for your thoughts Alf ....... will certainly look at the idea
I now feel the original image is a bit too busy to work well

Less blue sky in this one . There are 3 others from the one file on facebook and flickr that were posted to show someone i was helping there is no right or wrong to edit a photo.

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BTW: the black spots are tiny insects just in front of the camera
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Re: when blue becomes black

I agree with you Ian that the first one is rather too busy. There is too much going on, but not enough to tell us what it is, and not enough in the way of shape or pattern for it to stand as an abstract. The second sky is much more successful, I think partly because it is simpler but also because the composition has real dynamism.

I really like the two bird silhouettes as well.

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Re: when blue becomes black

I like the contrastiness of the first image. Had a look in your Flickr stream, and thought why don't you try reflecting parts of your sky shots, like you've done with a desert tracks shot ?

I like your shot 16090143, too - and think that would lend itself very nicely to a symmetrical treatment.
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I like the contrastiness of the first image. Had a look in your Flickr stream, and thought why don't you try reflecting parts of your sky shots, like you've done with a desert tracks shot ?

I like your shot 16090143, too - and think that would lend itself very nicely to a symmetrical treatment.
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