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Old Oct 4, 2008, 3:35 AM   #21
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i kind of miss good old black and white film
i found when i had black and white film in i approached photography slightly differently
looking for shapes, textures and shadows
and i still find my better black and whites converted from colour are the ones that have shapes textures and shadows

there are so many ways to convert colour to black and white it gets confusing
channel mixer
decompose to LAB channels
decompose to HSV channels
various filters
and heaps of tutorials on the best way to do it

film seems so much easier lol
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Old Oct 4, 2008, 7:15 PM   #22
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there are so many ways to convert colour to black and white it gets confusing
channel mixer
decompose to LAB channels
decompose to HSV channels
various filters
and heaps of tutorials on the best way to do it

film seems so much easier lol
Yep, there are a lot of ways to skin a cat! I find that different ways work better for different photos.

I've always loved b&w. Did a lot in my early years, like many here, because I could afford it.

Nice photos and thanks for sharing all this.

Patty
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Old Oct 4, 2008, 9:25 PM   #23
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John - that's an awesome picture! I always think about light/dark when looking for b&w candidates, but never think about texture. Your picture really shows so much texture, I love it.
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Hello Gumnut,

I was just revisiting this thread to print it out so I could slowly start working through it and trying out all the suggestions!

And I noticed that I never saw your picture before.

It is amazing! I love it!

Take care!
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Geez! That's a lot of different methods to create a B&W.

I just open the image in Photoshop in Quick Edit and slide the Saturation slider to the left! Presto! (for a simpleton like me). :lol:

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Old Nov 9, 2008, 9:19 PM   #26
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Thanks Glen

that scene no longer exists, the truck has gone, the house and sheds demolished
and soon a highway will run through it, so i was lucky i went when i did

my suggestion for black and white is to read up on it
including some old books about film black and white
just to give you an idea of the "why" of using black and white
it may help to make sense of the different ways of converting

PinonMesaJon, thats what i used to do
but it is surprising the difference each method can make to a subject

try a search on the net and play with different methods
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Thanks Glen

that scene no longer exists, the truck has gone, the house and sheds demolished
and soon a highway will run through it, so i was lucky i went when i did

my suggestion for black and white is to read up on it
including some old books about film black and white
just to give you an idea of the "why" of using black and white
it may help to make sense of the different ways of converting

PinonMesaJon, thats what i used to do
but it is surprising the difference each method can make to a subject

try a search on the net and play with different methods

Some of you might remember the image below, alas it has finally fallen down, after three years of shooting its slow decay.
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As a useless aside (and another bump) I must admit that my black and white pictures have generally been far more successful than my colour shots. I should concentrate more in that area.
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Old Nov 10, 2008, 9:20 PM   #29
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thats a cool building and a great photo of it

maybe we should start a new thread
"things we have photographed that no longer exist" ?


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Old Nov 11, 2008, 9:13 PM   #30
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Hello Ira,

That is a really powerful image.

It really makes me feel the state of that old building.

Take care,
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