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I realise that it isn't normal to convert pictures of owls to Monotone but I am beginning to like black and White or Sepia type images. I am not sure if it works in this instance and would value your opinion.
Like it Robert, it would be nice to see both versions,
Yes, it works well, Robert.
I do like it Robert...your mono tones are also perfectly done....could see it hanging in a library or study...excellent shot
Works well in mono.....should that be Eared..........
A very nice shot Robert, but for me it doesn't work in general to convert wildlife images to mono. I feel that such a large part of the owls appeal is in the colour, especially the eyes for instance. I would love to see the colour version of this image.
Conversions that may work (IMO), given the right image, might be... say....Zebras or other creatures with strong patterns or perhaps an animal with strong shadows or caught in strong contrasty light. Just my opinion, but you did ask
Quote: Works well in mono.....should that be Eared..........
Yes - I just put it down to my age.
Stunning ornithological imagery. Before the days of colour plates we would be used to seeing such great monochrome images.
Like this a lot. It's very satisfyingly composed, with the bird sitting in the fork of branches and a good angle on the face.
I'm not into feathery photography, but I enjoy the way b&w makes us see differently. It's more about lines, and underlying structures. The hard, cool sepia works for me (done in Siver Efex I think).
But remember that adding toning to a b&w reduces the dynamic range slightly, mutes your lightest and darkest tones in the image. It's important to check for any light adjustments that may be needed after conversion to b&w, because a perfectly balanced colour image will not convert automatically to perfect b&w; it's also important to check again after adding toning. Here I suspect that a slight Levels adjustment would bring the owl much more to life.
Excellent capture Robert. For a personal thought I much prefer colour but well done you for experimenting.
Iam just a beginner my self,but I think its beautiful, ilove the graining in the tree and I think the owls eyes are captured beautifully
Beautiful capture, works surprisingly well in mono.
I downloaded this and converted it to b&w.
The original image is likely underexposed. I dont know if you still have it, - would be nice to see it. The original has to be really good before you can get away with this.
When I work on the exposure with the converted b&w, its looks very good indeed, - sharp and good contrast.
So I wonder how you got it to this from the original? Toning is something to be careful about, - especially how you do it, as you want to retain the vibrancy of the original without killing contrast.
I think this doesnt work well as it is, but it could, with a well exposed original and careful toning techniques.
I can email you the conversion of you like, just send me a PM with your address.
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