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Thought I'd give another Black and White conversion a go. This was taken last Wednesday at Cardiff Bay, not a frequent haunt for me but I know the building on the right is Techniquest.
Any Hints, Tips, Comments & Critique welcome!
Any suggestions for title also welcome.
Thanks for C&C's on previous upload.
Lovely capture !!
'Treading The Boards'. Nice conversion, and I do like the composition with the wood taking you in. Why not try dodging and burning selected areas to increase contrast and give a slightly grittier feel. Dodge the highlights at 3% opacity, anf burn the shadows at the same rate. Build up slowly and see what a difference it makes. Just a thought. I like it as it is, but the contrast will take a bit more pushing IMO.
Great shot, I love how the wood is leading you into the picture.
Interesting and quite effective composition, Phil
I think Dave's title and comments are spot on!
I'd perhaps go a little further with a duplicate layer set to soft light mode and a gradient mask to protect the sky from the effect.
There's also a bit of noise in the sky at top left. You may be able to cure it with another duplcate layer that has been blurred a bit, and use a mask to reveal only the bits you actually need.
If you do the dodging and burning on a merged layer you can also use the opacity slider to mitigate the effect in you find you've gone a bit ott with it.
Thanks to Morgs and Billy Goat Gruff for your advice I will certainly give both ideas a go, and add as variants.
Hi Phil. Great composition in this one mate.
V3 seesm to have more atmosphere and impact - great comp.
caught this as the e2 feature, like the lead in, and looks like youve been given some useful advice. i think the sky has worked well in v2, but the fg looks alittle patchy, perhaps just more practice. although v3 has more impact i think that it could still be combined with some dodging and burning to maximise the effect. mind you i am hopeless at mono conversions.lesley
great lead in Phil...mon works well too.
I love the zig-zag lead in. To be honest, I prefer #1 but that's probalby just because it's the one I saw first and flicking from #1 to #2 gives a rather disconcerting effect.
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