Back Modifications (2)
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By Seamuscamp
I'm more or less a novice with B & W. This photo was taken in a barn in the evening - stronger light backlighting the subject, weak reflected light showing some shadow detail. The original colour version wasn't entirely satisfactory as the low light produced colour aberrations. Should I have increased the exposure to bring out more detail or increased the contrast to produce a more graphic image.

Tags: Black and white Pets and captive animals

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Eviscera 16 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2009 1:02AM
great to start with,

well seen light
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
14 Jun 2009 1:51AM
I like it as it is (better without that post!)

I think you have a good contrast, and plenty of tonal range.

You converted this from colour, - what method did you use? Theres a number of ways to to this and you can fine tune your monotone quite a lot with some methods such as the channel mixer. I believe theres a tutorial in this site.


viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2009 3:46PM
I like the tones in the original - the only intrusion being the post in the background. When I convert to mono I use Optikvervelabs Virtual Photographer plug in which is easy to use and gives a variety of pre-set options as well as the freedom to adjust the tones and toning as you wish.

Seamuscamp 13 3 10 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2009 9:03PM
I used Power Retouche B/W Studio - very intuitive as are most of the PR plugins. Thanks for your modification - it opens up the image nicely.
Without the post the roof would have fallen. I hesitate to clone stuff out as it usually seems artificial to me - when I do it. That Willie has done a pretty decent job shows I've a long way to go. I've just done another conversion (and will shortly upload) from the same session - it doesn't have the intrusion.


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