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Jenkinstown Park

By Hilmar
Just experimenting with processing b&w photos. Basic conversion done in Lightroom 5 and then in Elements 13 I added a few adjustment layers to brighten the wall of the building and darken the roof. Just wondering does the image work and how did I do on the processing

Tags: Architecture Black and white

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dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1950 England
25 Nov 2015 5:01PM
One question is how long it took to do the processing, of course!

I think you did pretty well, though there's an area showing through the building that you missed, and it's far brighter than it should be. The cleverer the processing ,the more risk there is of this sort of thing happening. I reckon that part of the secret is keeping tabs on all the bits and bobs that need sorting at the end.

The concrete in the foreground provides a dramatic compositional device, but may not be too great as an adjunct to a very old building, unless you make a conscious and obvious contrast.

Did you correct the verticals? If so, maybe you overdid it slightly... The best advice I've heard was from David Kilpatrick, who suggested leaving a fraction of converging vertical, as it actually looks more natural than completely parallel walls!

Of course, with a building this old, 'vertical' is a pretty relative term...
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.4k 2543 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2015 5:04PM
You did well to brighten the wall and darken the roof, good thinking. I would like to see a bit more distinction between grass, trees and sky.That's going to be down to colour channels and contrast. Could you upload the colour version please - either as a version or a modification?

It looks to me as though you maybe included the whole area of the building in your lightening exercise, without excluding the area seen through the arch. The grass viewed through that arch is much brighter than on either side of the building!

I like your use of portrait format by the way, and the use of the foreground terrace wall, with the corner placed off-centre.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.4k 2543 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2015 5:06PM
John and I have been engaged in synchronised typing, and he types faster than I do...
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4321 Canada
25 Nov 2015 5:23PM
If you still have the colour original, could you upload it here as a modification?

We can comment on the conversion and processing best with both versions.


Hilmar 10 Ireland
25 Nov 2015 5:39PM
Thank you for the above comments and advice. I did not notice the fact that I included the area within the window in my selection, it is so obvious now it has been pointed out to me. I have uploaded the colour version as a modification.
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4321 Canada
25 Nov 2015 6:34PM
Thanks for the colour version.

Youve done very well with the conversion.

Youve addressed exposure and tonal issues for a very nice result.

Using the various sliders in LR, you can also produce a darker sky (blue and cyan sliders) and a brighter grass (green), as in the mod3, compared to the straight default LR version, mod2.

Are you in the camera club in Kilkenny? Do you know John Cuddihy?


paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2015 6:39PM
It seems a pretty good ono image to me with a full range of tones from pure black to clean white. The bright bit through the arch is unfortunate. A good image in general. Whilst the mono is strong, this is an architectural record to me and, in these days of easy colour, record shuld be in colour, but that is how it appears in life.

Hilmar 10 Ireland
25 Nov 2015 6:54PM
Thanks for the modifications, Willie I like your mod 3 with the brighter green and darker sky. In response to your query I was just a visitor to Kilkenny. I do not know John Cuddihy, I must look him up.
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4321 Canada
25 Nov 2015 7:32PM
Former President of the Irish Photographic society, and the Kilkenny camera club.

The Fuji has a quite good in-camera mono too you could try. If you shoot RAW+Jpeg you can have the best of both worlds.

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