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Took this with intention of getting shallow dof along fret board. Wasn't quite sure what best to do with it. Went for B&W.

f 5.3
iso 100
0.6sec
46mm

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Dec 2011 - 8:57 PM
Focal Length:46mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:0.6sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Guitar
Username:kelogie kelogie
Uploaded:15 Dec 2011 - 6:36 PM
Tags:Black & white, General
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84282 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 7:37 PM

An interesting point of view with good depth of field.

I've taken the shot into Photoshop Elements 9. The first thing I did was take it into 'Enhance Lighting/Contrast', after I tweaked the level it looked a lot brighter. After that I selected the background area and used 'gaussian blur' to make the background even more out of focus.

Only a few small basic tweaks, but I hope I've improved it! Smile

Last Modified By KarenFB at 15 Dec 2011 - 7:40 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 8:19 PM

This type of shot is hard to resist when you gave access to a musical instrument.


The depth of field is good, and I sure the colour version looks good too, but the conversion to mono has let it down. Its essentially a grey image with some black. I have looked at your PF and you have some terrific mono shots there, so I think you know how to do it. So as Karens mod shows, and now my own, theres more to be obtained from this with some simple works with levels. Or better still, go back to the colour shot, and use the Channel Mixer to convert to mono for a better result.



regards


Willie

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kelogie
kelogie  5
15 Dec 2011 - 9:02 PM

Cheers Karen and Willie.

Will upload colour version tomorrow.Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2011 - 8:43 AM

Nothing wrong with your ide but your mono conversion is very flat indeed. Is the colour shot flat too - I suspect so. You need to work on the colour shot to get the tonal range as near correct as possible, then do the mono conversion with the channel mixer to give you control over each colour. I think some more dramatic directional lighting might help in the first place.

Paul

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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2011 - 6:25 PM

Just like the others, I liked the shot but worked on the contrast. I suspect the bits under the strings (picKups?) are actually white? Anyhow, this is the assumption I made when I adjusted the white point in a curves adjustment. Karens mod is very similar and a bit less extreme (better?!). If you go back to the original file, though, you'll be able to work on it without creating nasty artefacts! Don't guitars make brilliant subjects!

Last Modified By SueEley at 16 Dec 2011 - 6:27 PM

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kelogie
kelogie  5
16 Dec 2011 - 7:51 PM

Thanks for all the comments and mods.
Paul looking back your probably right colour version is also flat. Maybe I'll go back and try some different lighting.

SueEley guitar is actually a metalic pink and pickups are pink also. Was actually going to use guitar for something else that didnt work so ended up taking a few shots like this. Smile

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