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colour in a black n white world , done this but not sure i liked it so thought id open it up for critique it has something for me just dont know what thanx

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:canon 70 210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:splash of colour
Username:scoobsmx6 scoobsmx6
Uploaded:27 Jul 2010 - 10:30 PM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, Landscape / travel
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Jestertheclown
27 Jul 2010 - 11:14 PM

Hi Alan,
Done a few of these haven't you?!
Sadly selective colouring/colour popping does nothing for me so I'm probably biased before I start!
I'm no expert but I think that for this technique to work you need one really strong focal point to leave in colour and de-saturate everything else.
In this instance the bits of colour on the bottom edge draw your eye away from the towers which are obviously the centre of attention. Likewise the house is a distraction.
The other problem with it is that the towers aren't a particularly strong colour and don't leap out as much as I feel they should.
In my mod,. I've increased the contrast +50, unsharp mask: amount 50, radius 0.5, threshold 5 and increased the saturation +5.
I've also removed the coloured bits I mentioned.
Hope this helps.
Cheers,
Jester.

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Beladd
Beladd  4 Ireland7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 3:08 AM

Alan
It depends on what you want as the focal point. The red house was a good starting lead in for meÖ.otherwise why bother with the foreground. This red house throws everything into perspective and emphasis the prominence of the massive towers. Every good landscape needs a lead in. Donít ignore it in popping colour by skipping to the big focal point but use the small micro subjects as stepping stones into the picture........Rgds....Bella

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 464 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 7:02 AM

Hi Alan, the clear focal point for me is the towers so the house and in particular the blue sign serve as distractions (in colour). The image is also quite flat, lacking in tonal range. If you look at the histogram it falls short at both ends.
I have offered a mod where I have cropped the bottom to remove the signs and then a little from the right. I then adjusted levels and boosted contrast via curves. I selectively increased contrast in the sky with levels and i bit of dodge & burn. Finally removed colour from the house.
The mod hopefully breathes more life into the sky and makes the towers pop more.
I hope you approve.
Phil

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 8:14 AM

It is actually rather interesting. However, there are a couple of points. Crop along the bottom, there is unecessary detail there. The main comment is that the mono parts are rather without contrast, and as the hyperbolic coolers are light in tone, the general effect is a flat image.

Boost the mono contrast, and possible darken it a little - I'm sure the result would be even stronger.

Paul

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macdaniel
macdaniel  8 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2010 - 8:11 PM

hAi alan, nice image, like the selective colouring; should uncolour the blue/green stuff in the bottom; I quickly read the comment and no one mentioned the image seems to be not straight which is not always a must, but in this one it is. regards

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