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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Jan 2013 Challenge: Black and White

As the title suggests, black and white photograhs. This was inspired by my sons college photography class with film through darkroom to print to mount. It's been interesting. And thanks for the December honor.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 9:25 AM   #2
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 9:30 AM   #3
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A shot from Williamsburg VA a couple of days after my daughters wedding!
DL with the kit lens and a yellow filter.

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Old Jan 11, 2013, 11:06 AM   #4
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Default Sandhill Cranes

Shot this the end of Oct. on what ended up to be a very, pea soup, foggy morning. It was my last trip north before having foot surgery, so I was very disappointed by the weather. The Sandhills were taking off at sunrise and I could hear them but not see anything. I noticed some movement in front of me and took the shot. Result was a light bluish backgroud and very faint image of the cranes. Converted to B&W, did some tweeking of the contrast and cleanied up noise a bit. This was the result.



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Old Jan 11, 2013, 5:23 PM   #5
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Great topic and the first two shots are very, very cool!
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So glad you chose this topic for the challenge. Have been meaning to try to learn more about B&W conversions, and this has spurred me on to try...

Indeed B&W was my favorite medium back in the film days - and not just because color film cost more! Really forces me to notice compositional lines, textures, etc. And capable of such subtle simplicity.

So here is my attempt (may change this later if I have time and opportunity). It's a recent (last weekend) shot of Margarette Falls, over in Greene County. Have visited and photographed these falls (too) many times, was looking for some different angles and views.

I hope it's OK to show the original (color) photo first.
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Gimp 2.8 provides a wide range of B&W conversion methods. I tried quite a few, and chose the two that looked best to me. One was with GEGL c2g, adjusted so it didn't look like an "overcooked" hdr. Other was a script to create film-like B&W. Used the one that is supposed to look most like Agfa 100. Then combined the two images into one, trying to use the best parts of each. Here's the final B&W image. Hope you like it!
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Heres my photo that turned out B and W because of the dense fog..
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Bob, I really like the sandhill cranes photograph.

I have captured some nice pictures of them myself, also in fog, at the The Nature Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve, that "straddles the headwaters of the Everglades ecosystem," although not flying. We used one of the photos for a holiday card in 2011. They also hang around where I work.
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My entry. Castle Crags near Mount Shasta. I've never used a border, but I thought I would try it on this shot. This is just one section of a huge rock formation that stretches across a ridge.
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