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By kelogie
Took this with intention of getting shallow dof along fret board. Wasn't quite sure what best to do with it. Went for B&W.

f 5.3
iso 100

Tags: General Black and white

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KarenFB Plus
11 4.8k 171 England
15 Dec 2011 7:37PM
An interesting point of view with good depth of field.

I've taken the shot into Photoshop Elements 9. The first thing I did was take it into 'Enhance Lighting/Contrast', after I tweaked the level it looked a lot brighter. After that I selected the background area and used 'gaussian blur' to make the background even more out of focus.

Only a few small basic tweaks, but I hope I've improved it! Smile

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banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3706 Canada
15 Dec 2011 8:19PM
This type of shot is hard to resist when you gave access to a musical instrument.

The depth of field is good, and I sure the colour version looks good too, but the conversion to mono has let it down. Its essentially a grey image with some black. I have looked at your PF and you have some terrific mono shots there, so I think you know how to do it. So as Karens mod shows, and now my own, theres more to be obtained from this with some simple works with levels. Or better still, go back to the colour shot, and use the Channel Mixer to convert to mono for a better result.


15 Dec 2011 9:02PM
Cheers Karen and Willie.

Will upload colour version tomorrow.Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1170 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2011 8:43AM
Nothing wrong with your ide but your mono conversion is very flat indeed. Is the colour shot flat too - I suspect so. You need to work on the colour shot to get the tonal range as near correct as possible, then do the mono conversion with the channel mixer to give you control over each colour. I think some more dramatic directional lighting might help in the first place.

SueEley 11 279 96 Wales
16 Dec 2011 6:25PM
Just like the others, I liked the shot but worked on the contrast. I suspect the bits under the strings (picKups?) are actually white? Anyhow, this is the assumption I made when I adjusted the white point in a curves adjustment. Karens mod is very similar and a bit less extreme (better?!). If you go back to the original file, though, you'll be able to work on it without creating nasty artefacts! Don't guitars make brilliant subjects!
16 Dec 2011 7:51PM
Thanks for all the comments and mods.
Paul looking back your probably right colour version is also flat. Maybe I'll go back and try some different lighting.

SueEley guitar is actually a metalic pink and pickups are pink also. Was actually going to use guitar for something else that didnt work so ended up taking a few shots like this. Smile

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