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This is a scene from Cape Town;s party strip called Long Street and the Irish Pub there called Dubliners (incidentally also my local Wink )

Was going through some old RAW files and came across this and thought id try a B&W with some selective coloring...do you think this works ? Vers 2 is the original

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Jul 2012 - 11:17 PM
Focal Length:78mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:15sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The Local....
Username:devlin devlin
Uploaded:17 Feb 2013 - 3:48 PM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, Digitally manipulated, General
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 3:56 PM

I like both the B+W and colour image, great shot of Long street, However my vote goes to the Black and white /colour pop version as it makes the scene more dramaticGrinGrinGrin

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41176 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 4:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

As a selective colour shot, I think the colours are too muted to make any kind of statement.

IMHO, selective colour is to make the subject of a small and perhaps unimportant part of the frame, or to draw attention to something specific within the scene that wouldn't ordinarily be obvious. Here, the pub is already the subject, so the weak coloration does very little.

The colour version is a competent record shot of a night street scene, but it needs something else to take it up a level, sorry.

Nick

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 8:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You seem to be doing a lot of pictures in mono, Prabh, and your candids look good that way, but I much prefer your original version of this one because the colours and lights are so interesting.
You speak of V1 as being done with selective colouring, and I think it works well as an exercise. However, having seen the original, with the red light trails and bright lights in the strip, it just doesn't compare. Far better not to have seen the original, perhaps.
I think it might have been better to do some colour popping, leaving the original colours as bright as they were, for a more dramatic effect.
Anyway, I'm back to V2, which I think it very good. What I have done in my modification is quite a drastic crop. You may not approve. I did this because I felt there was too much of the road in the shot, as nice as the reflections may be. I also wanted to remove the very bright light trail in the bottom left corner, which is competing for attention. Then I wanted to focus upon the adult shop and the pub, by cropping a lot off the right side. This removes a lot of your traffic trails, but see what you think. Sometimes less is more. I then brightened the image overall and did a small Levels adjustment to tweak the contrasts.
Pamela.

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Jestertheclown
17 Feb 2013 - 9:44 PM

Hi Prabh,

Not one for me, I'm afraid but then I don't like selective colouring at all anyway, so it's not really a reflection on your image. A straightforward B/W version would appeal more.

Bren.

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 11:59 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I really like this as a long exposure street shot and I think the colour image is really bright and vibrant. Your B+W for me just doesn't cut it, as has been said the colour is so muted it might as well not be present and I see no need to emphasis the colours you have (I think the light trails may have been a better choice).

As a B+W shot it does have in my view potential and my mod I hope shows this, by boosting the highlights and the contrast I hop eI have created a B+W image with more punch, but still reflecting the story of your original shot.

Eric Grin

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ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 12:11 AM

See Mod 2 for car trails on a B+W image.

Eric

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devlin
devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 6:19 AM

Cheers guys appreciate the feedback....Smile, like all the mods as well they present quite a varied perspective thanks again Smile

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paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 10:15 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Prefer v1 and quite effective. There is a loss of sharpness and I wonder why you used f22. Not necessary here. I would have used f8, ISO400 AND A MUCH FASTER SHUTTER SPEED. GRAIN IS PREFERABLE TO MOVEMENT BLUR which could result from wind or traffic vibrations.

Paul

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