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    Catching light on the near-by hills.

    Late afternoon interplay of sunlight on the Tallarook Ranges to which I used PS using the B&W filter via layers to convert to monotone to see the effect. Posts by others have awakened an interest in B&W conversions ( For this you can mainly blame Donald! )
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    Catching light on the near-by hills.

    Catching light on the near-by hills.

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    Re: Catching light on the near-by hills.

    Hi Ken,
    I like the colour version myself, but I agree Donald has a lot to answer for. I keep trying B&W conversions but can't match the skill of the master.
    I love the ‘soft’ feel of the colour version and the way each layer; sky, distant hills, trees all add to the composition.
    Well done.

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    Re: Catching light on the near-by hills.

    For me, Ken, the original colour version has rather muted contrast but the B&W alternative has a lot more impact.

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    Re: Catching light on the near-by hills.

    I have to agree with Geoff's comment. That B&W is very dramatic. Perhaps you can give the color version some "umph!"?

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    Re: Catching light on the near-by hills.

    Quote Originally Posted by ucci View Post
    ( For this you can mainly blame Donald! )
    It weren't me, guv. Honest.

    Good on you, Ken. Just experimenting with what can be done in B & W is, I think what it's about. Some people, I know, feel that taking the colour info out must detract from the image. I feel it can actually add a lot into it.

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    Re: Catching light on the near-by hills.

    Thank you all for your helpful comments. What Donald has shown me, despite his as expected modest disclaimer, is that B&W can often produce something more highly dramatic and interesting than the colour version. I hope that this does not sound too pretentious. Of course it does not work in every instance. And the winter colours of these hills are muted. I have tried giving such shots a bit more oomph, with a variety of pp methods only to find that the end result tends to look unreal and a tad garish.
    Thank you all for viewing and for taking the time to post helpful feedback.
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