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Reliving FP4 and HP5

Bonvilston > Bonvilston Blog > Reliving FP4 and HP5
15/11/2012 - 7:31 PM



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Today has been mixed. I have been delivering family members to meetings in between running my own business meetings. Not a lot of time with a camera. Tonight, however, I have a bit of piece, so i decided to finally process some shots i took a couple of weeks ago on a day trip to Warwick Castle.

Went to this castle some years ago when it was a historical monument rather than when it became the latest madame Tussaud's playground. In some ways it has changed for the better. It was certainly busier. In lots of others it was worse. It felt like a false modern characature of a castle rather than the real thing.

Anyway, I am writing about it because I am not sure about something. I have recently started to get back into mono work. When I did my photography using 35mm film and spending hours splashing chemicals in plastic trays, i did nearly all mono. Then I moved away as digital made colour processing so easy. Now I realise that i have wasted a lot of perfectly good mono shots. Just because I can make them mono doesn't mean that I should. That is the point of this blog entry.

I have included a shot that I think looks fine in colour. I have made a mono conversation of it as well. Question is - Is it worth doing ? Does mono add anything to the image ? is it a good conversion ?

I would genuinely be interested in your responses to this. please take a mo to let me know. ....Peter


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Dave_Henderson
Dave_Henderson e2 Member 1062 forum postsDave_Henderson vcard United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 - 7:57 PM

Well here goes Peter, I prefer the colour version, adds a bit of presence to the image. the b/w conversion seems to be missing the mid tones which could have made the difference. The sky has an HDR look about it which looks good, maybe trying photomatix to enhance the foreground may make things look a little better. Hope you don't mind the critique, I am no expert. Thought the tip may proove useful

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Bonvilston
Bonvilston e2 Member 361 forum postsBonvilston vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 7:49 PM

Thanks Dave. I use Photomatix, but usually to enhance colour. Never got round to using it to improve mono. I will give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion....Peter

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