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By mitchy81  
Hi All,
Thought I'd give another Black and White conversion a go. This was taken last Wednesday at Cardiff Bay, not a frequent haunt for me but I know the building on the right is Techniquest.

Any Hints, Tips, Comments & Critique welcome!
Any suggestions for title also welcome.
Thanks for C&C's on previous upload.


Tags: General Black and white Cardiff bay Landscape and travel

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nishad1994 8 264 Oman
22 Apr 2010 4:12PM
Lovely capture !! Smile


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Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
22 Apr 2010 4:13PM
'Treading The Boards'. Nice conversion, and I do like the composition with the wood taking you in. Why not try dodging and burning selected areas to increase contrast and give a slightly grittier feel. Dodge the highlights at 3% opacity, anf burn the shadows at the same rate. Build up slowly and see what a difference it makes. Just a thought. I like it as it is, but the contrast will take a bit more pushing IMO.

OliPackwood 8 5 5 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2010 4:28PM
Great shot, I love how the wood is leading you into the picture.

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
22 Apr 2010 6:41PM
Interesting and quite effective composition, Phil

I think Dave's title and comments are spot on!
I'd perhaps go a little further with a duplicate layer set to soft light mode and a gradient mask to protect the sky from the effect.
There's also a bit of noise in the sky at top left. You may be able to cure it with another duplcate layer that has been blurred a bit, and use a mask to reveal only the bits you actually need.
If you do the dodging and burning on a merged layer you can also use the opacity slider to mitigate the effect in you find you've gone a bit ott with it.


mitchy81 9 1 18 England
22 Apr 2010 9:38PM
Thanks to Morgs and Billy Goat Gruff for your advice I will certainly give both ideas a go, and add as variants.
Thanks guys!
eos3 14 41 Wales
23 Apr 2010 1:45PM
Hi Phil. Great composition in this one mate.

24 Apr 2010 11:20AM
V3 seesm to have more atmosphere and impact - great comp.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
28 Apr 2010 12:24PM
caught this as the e2 feature, like the lead in, and looks like youve been given some useful advice. i think the sky has worked well in v2, but the fg looks alittle patchy, perhaps just more practice. although v3 has more impact i think that it could still be combined with some dodging and burning to maximise the effect. mind you i am hopeless at mono conversions.lesley
Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
1 May 2010 10:43PM
great lead in Phil...mon works well too.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
9 May 2010 6:25PM
I love the zig-zag lead in. To be honest, I prefer #1 but that's probalby just because it's the one I saw first and flicking from #1 to #2 gives a rather disconcerting effect.

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