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Old Mar 14, 2004, 9:27 AM   #1
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The original:




and the B&W:



used channel mixer, and a touch of contrast/brightness.
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Old Mar 14, 2004, 10:26 AM   #2
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Starting with a color photo that didn't have a large range of shades, you ended up with a b&w that didn't either. Without working on it myself, I can't know what's possible and what isn't with this picture, but here's what I'd test: more extreme adjustments in Levels or, instead, making a duplicate layer and setting it to the Multiply blending mode.
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Old Mar 14, 2004, 11:36 AM   #3
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Hi Barbara, thanks for your response!
i dont really know what you mean, in what way to change it?
feel free to try yourself when if ve got time.
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I tried several different methods but finally settled on using the Lightness channel in Lab mode. I selected just the statue, altering the contrast with both Levels and Curves. I then inverted the selection so everything but the lion was selected and, again, I adjusted contrast, this time using just Levels. From there, I changed it Grayscale mode, then did a little bit of dodging and burning to bring out more detail in the lion.

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now i know what you meant! really nice Barbara!!
my version is a bit muted while yours really stands out, the body of the lion is well defined with the right shadows, and contrasts well with the sky.

thanks a lot for your constructive comments!!!
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I think the plinth is distracting as a black block ... I would leave some shadow detail in.

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By the way ... is that a lion at the base of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Sq ?
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You're correct, it is distracting. Pavaros, if you really want a b&w version of this photo, you can easily follow my directions but select all of the statue rather than just the lion as I did when testing the possibilities.
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ooh niice! i like the pumped up contrast version
nice shot pavaros!
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Thanks for your comments! here is another version following Barbara's advice and trying to keep the plinth clear. Hope you like it.
The lion is standing at the south bank end of Westminster bridge, by the steps leading to the London "Eye".

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very good job! looks very good now!!! nice shot!
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