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Like it Robert, it would be nice to see both versions,
Fred.

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8 Feb 2014 7:49AM
Yes, it works well, Robert.
ColleenA Plus
4 322 4 Australia
8 Feb 2014 7:54AM
I do like it Robert...your mono tones are also perfectly done....could see it hanging in a library or study...excellent shot
8 Feb 2014 8:01AM
Works well in mono.....should that be Eared..........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinTongueTongueTongueTongue
Mike_Young 10 12 9 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2014 8:08AM
A very nice shot Robert, but for me it doesn't work in general to convert wildlife images to mono. I feel that such a large part of the owls appeal is in the colour, especially the eyes for instance. I would love to see the colour version of this image.

Conversions that may work (IMO), given the right image, might be... say....Zebras or other creatures with strong patterns or perhaps an animal with strong shadows or caught in strong contrasty light. Just my opinion, but you did ask Smile

Quote:Works well in mono.....should that be Eared..........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinTongueTongueTongueTongue


Yes - I just put it down to my age.
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2014 8:17AM
Stunning ornithological imagery. Before the days of colour plates we would be used to seeing such great monochrome images.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
dwarf 8 52 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2014 8:45AM
great image
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2014 8:49AM
Like this a lot. It's very satisfyingly composed, with the bird sitting in the fork of branches and a good angle on the face.
I'm not into feathery photography, but I enjoy the way b&w makes us see differently. It's more about lines, and underlying structures. The hard, cool sepia works for me (done in Siver Efex I think).
But remember that adding toning to a b&w reduces the dynamic range slightly, mutes your lightest and darkest tones in the image. It's important to check for any light adjustments that may be needed after conversion to b&w, because a perfectly balanced colour image will not convert automatically to perfect b&w; it's also important to check again after adding toning. Here I suspect that a slight Levels adjustment would bring the owl much more to life.
Moira
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
8 Feb 2014 9:34AM
Excellent capture Robert. For a personal thought I much prefer colour but well done you for experimenting.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
8 Feb 2014 9:39AM
Iam just a beginner my self,but I think its beautiful, ilove the graining in the tree and I think the owls eyes are captured beautifully
Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
8 Feb 2014 5:39PM
Beautiful capture, works surprisingly well in mono.

Best Matt
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3554 Canada
8 Feb 2014 11:27PM
I downloaded this and converted it to b&w.

The original image is likely underexposed. I dont know if you still have it, - would be nice to see it. The original has to be really good before you can get away with this.

When I work on the exposure with the converted b&w, its looks very good indeed, - sharp and good contrast.

So I wonder how you got it to this from the original? Toning is something to be careful about, - especially how you do it, as you want to retain the vibrancy of the original without killing contrast.

I think this doesnt work well as it is, but it could, with a well exposed original and careful toning techniques.

I can email you the conversion of you like, just send me a PM with your address.


regards


Willie

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