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Durham Rower

By davten      
Taking on the river Wear in Durham City

Tags: Black and white Rowing Durhamriver

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davten 13 4 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2021 7:59PM
I took this shot last Sunday, all I have done to it was to crop it, checked my levels and desaturated the photo all in Photoshop.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
22 Apr 2021 9:23PM
This is an attractive image David, with good lines and shapes it's ideal for mono.

Just desaturating an image isn't the best wy for mono conversions, but it's not bad here.
My mod boosts contrast a little to make the water less grey. A fair number of mono images need a contrast tweak (whatever the conversion method) to give some punch. Because it's all about the tonal relationships rather than contrast between colours.

You can upload the colour original as a Modification yourself so that we can suggest alternative treatments. There's no right or wrong, just lots of possibilities some of which you may not have considered and some you may like.

My mod also crops in closer for a bolder result honing in on those ripples.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2021 9:35PM
I do like that pattern of ripples. Taken from Prebends Bridge? I'm enjoying this one, it's a familiar scene for me.

You did well to sort out light in the colour image before converting to b&w, but I'll echo Keith's comment above - b&w is about more than just removing colour. It would be useful to see the colour original, you can add it as a modification here - just click on the blue Modifications button and follow the instructions.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
22 Apr 2021 9:52PM
Very nice. I would like to see the colour also, you may be able to get a better mono using othereans of conversion

I rotated it in a mod to level the oars, extended the canvas post crop to retain the original aspect ratio, sharpened, increased contrast.


davten 13 4 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2021 10:05PM
Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate the feed back, Yes this was taken from Prebends, I did make slight adjustments to the contrast & exposure whilst I was working on it. How do I add the colour version here for you to compare.
davten 13 4 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2021 10:07PM
I added the colour version, I sussed it out.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
23 Apr 2021 1:06PM
Thanks for the colour original David.
It's pretty much mono to start with so I don't tink there'll be much difference in any convesion method in this particular instance, but I'll have a go.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2021 1:18PM
Thanks for adding the original, I've added two modifications.

I cropped to square, to bring the rower nearer to us. The original is very nearly mono, and I like that subtle subdued green. I increased exposure very slightly, and also increased contrast. Then a bit of very gentle burning on shadows, dodging on highlights - humungous brush, 3% exposure on both. I think that conveys the glassy quality of the water better. NB I haven't touched colour processing, but improving light has a marked effect in improving colour!

Then high contrast b&w worked in Nik Silver Efex, with a film effect.

I didn't add any sharpening to either modification, I reckon the dodging and burning improves the effect of sharpness.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
23 Apr 2021 1:30PM
I see Moira was busy while I was doing my mods.,
The first mod increased the blue channel to brighten the water,. I lightened the rower just to get a litle extra detail. A small boost to contrast to finish off.
My second mod takes contrast further.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
23 Apr 2021 11:27PM
This works in mono or colour: I reckon that a tighter crop works well. Though the longer original format might be ideal one dip of the oars later...

davten 13 4 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2021 10:47AM
Would just like to thank all who have replied with advice / guidance and uploaded modifications, I really appreciate it.

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