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I think this looks ok in colour but rubbish in mono why

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Title:it does not work in mono
Username:youmightlikethis youmightlikethis
Uploaded:23 Apr 2014 - 7:41 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Specialist / abstract
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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101505 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 8:33 PM

The vibrance of colour is more attractive to the eye.

However, you've got an interesting subject with lots of shapes and textures so the ingredients for a good mono are there.

The toning you've applied is attractive, but the mono conversion itself is muddy and lacking in contrast, which toning can exacerbate.
You sometimes have to be extreme with the colour channels and the Curves control for contrast in mono.

I have seen you do some quite contrasty mono work in the past which looks good so I can't see why you didn't apply that here.

i'll have a go at a mod.

Keith

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youmightlikethis
youmightlikethis e2 Member 121312 forum postsyoumightlikethis vcard Scotland
23 Apr 2014 - 8:42 PM

thanks for crit and mods

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10979 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2981 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 9:14 PM

It depends.

Some scenes suit mono more than others, but for this one, comparing side by side, the eye will go right to the red colour.

Just because the image has a range of strong colours, doesn necessarily mean it has a good range of tones that can look good converted to mono. Tones being variations in colours, like a greyscale is to black and white.


I have attempted a mod, its a much darker mood that whats done so far, so it is possible using duo-tones to enhance tones.



regards


Willie

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 9:25 PM

No your right.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 11:20 PM

With just a little more detail in the reds. But I still like the colour best too.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom879 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2014 - 7:13 AM

nal range and of interest. The sepia version is less so. The sepia is a sickly yellow brown, nearer yellow. Not a terribly pleasant colour. Sepia always looks best, and retains a decent tonal range if the brown component is a very dark brown.

Paul

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