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    Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Going through older files, I came across this image off a flower, nothing special though. I often do some reworks, but this time I took a different approach by converting it in a semi B&W version. I think it adds something to the whole picture or is it just wishfull thinking ? I like the lines behind the flower and the white spots on the leaves in the bottom, or are it just distractions ???
    And as a sucker for flowers I am so subjectiv....

    All C&C very welcome.
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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    I think, Rudi, that I would crop a little tighter in each case to reduce the amount of background distractions.

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    I think, Rudi, that I would crop a little tighter in each case to reduce the amount of background distractions.
    Thanks Geoff, I should have done, now I will do !!
    Regards, Rudi

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Rudi,

    I like your conversion and selctive colorization. It tremendously emphasizes the colour, textures and sharpness of your flower, all of which was diluted by the background in the original. Well done. It's essentially portrait of the flower, and a 1:1 crop might work nicely.

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Dear Rudi,

    I have to say, I am typically not a fan of selective colorization, but I think you are on to something with this image. The fact that the flower is immediately in the foreground is part of the successful equation. Nice!

    Tim

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Hi Kevin and Tim, many thanks for viewing and commenting.
    Regards, Rudi

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    I think this works really well. Perhaps you could trim a little off the top as that doesn't seem to do anything for the overall image. It makes a very dramatic picture.

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by KCBrecks View Post
    I think this works really well. Perhaps you could trim a little off the top as that doesn't seem to do anything for the overall image. It makes a very dramatic picture.
    Hi Keith, commenting really appreciated.

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    The above are 'full frame' pictures. Hereby two crops I am considering right now. Maybe too drastic.... let me know what you think!!
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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Hi Rudi,

    I prefer the second, less centred one.

    If mine, I'd clone out 2 or 3 disconnected leaves the just intrude into the new crop from the edges; two lower left, one just over half way up on right.

    Nice job,

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    lovely.. wish I could do that.. I prefer #2 but both are lovely

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Hi Rudi,

    I prefer the second, less centred one.

    If mine, I'd clone out 2 or 3 disconnected leaves the just intrude into the new crop from the edges; two lower left, one just over half way up on right.

    Nice job,
    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for commenting, suggestions, very much appreciated.
    Right now, I also prefer the second one, for the less centered crop and the bottom leaves. And yes, I will clone out those 'intruders' !!!
    Regards, Rudi

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Christina S View Post
    lovely.. wish I could do that.. I prefer #2 but both are lovely
    Thanks Christina, glad you like it.
    It is not that difficult, in no time you can do it yourself. I myself learned a lot here from the tutorials, reading C&C, mini comps....and the rest. Have been lurking around quiet a long time before I really joint the forum. Lack off confidence I guess, or not enough courage ?? I still need to learn a lot....I am just an amateur.
    I am actually going through older files, cleaning up I should say. And with lots off images, I see now more, different possibilities than a few years ago.
    Regards, Rudi

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Thank you for the encouragement. I too, have learned a lot from the tutorials, reading C&C, mini comps and the rest. I have tried fiddling with B&W and will no doubt try and learn what and the how-to of a good b&w image sometime this year.

    Actually, I should have said that your image was spectacular to start with.

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    Re: Kinda B&W, first attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Christina S View Post
    Actually, I should have said that your image was spectacular to start with.
    Thanks Christina, you are too kind..

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