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Another in my series of attempts at black & white just a few tweaks using Picasa.
thanks for your comments and mods on my last upload.

update v2 the original from the camera shot in mono, looking at it now i think this should have been v1 think i got carried away with the processing on v1 should have left it alone!!!

Tags: General Architecture Black and white Digitally manipulated

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2012 11:47PM
I think the problem here is that it's virtually all the same tone. Use coloured filters in B&W conversion to change the tonal relationships and make the elements in the picture stand out from each other.
The filter will lighten it's own tone and darken the contrasting colours' tones. eg a red flter will lighten brickwork but darken blue skies.

I'm not mad on the heavy vignette either, I'm not sure it suits this kind of subject, which is so sharpened that noise shows up. there is enough fine detail here already.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
22 Mar 2012 5:11PM
Something to keep in mind, along the lines that Nick mentioned, is that applying a filter will kill contast. You might have compensated here perhaps. The idea is good, - sort of a secret garden look, and I agree it looks too sharp.


STEVELIN 10 161 3 Ireland
22 Mar 2012 5:34PM
thanks willie you have made my day (the secret garden) that was exactly what i was trying to portray in this shot , the open gate leading to who knows where ? and i applied the vignette just to draw the eye towards the gate .i have to agree with you and nick it does look over sharpened that was my fault got a bit carried away trying to bring out a bit of detail in the brickwork and the plants.i will have another go at it following your advise hopefully i will get a v2.
thanks guys
STEVELIN 10 161 3 Ireland
22 Mar 2012 6:39PM
v2 uploaded?
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
22 Mar 2012 9:28PM
Hmm, actually think the sharpness and vignette add to this. reckon you've done quite well here. paul
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2012 9:55PM
Sorry to disagree with Willie here, but a coloured filter will not kill contrast (if that's what he's saying). Using the right coloured filter will increase tonal separation and make different colours in the scene stand out from each other.
eg red and green might have the same tonal value in b&w but adding a green filter will lighten the green and darken the red slightly, making them stand out from each other when the colour is removed.

This is the same with film and digital, only the method of applying the filter might be different.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
23 Mar 2012 8:05PM
Im talking about applying a tone in post processing Nick. I agree re the right filter, but I believe this image (could be wrong) has had a simple tone applied, which does reduce contrast. I was probably misleading in referring to the application of a post processing tone as a filter.


banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
23 Mar 2012 8:06PM
Steve, had a look at V2, and I would think that between the two is about right.


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