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    First attempt with black and white conversion

    Hi all,
    This is my first attempt at a B&W conversion. So, critique, please. (composition and lighting, maybe?)

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    Re: First attempt with black and white conversion

    I think the first or colour one is really moody and fantastic. You could use some filters to pick out the mood such as this purple filter with a hint of red on output.

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    Re: First attempt with black and white conversion

    Duc, I would pull the contrast and fill light back a bit on the B&W. There is a definite "mood" in the color shot and the B&W is too "journalistic" for my liking.

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    Re: First attempt with black and white conversion

    I think the greens should be darker, the midtones should be darker, and more black should be clipped. I don't think there's too much contrast, just that it's far too bright. I made a number of edits here:
    First attempt with black and white conversion
    layers from bottom-up:
    -levels to clip and brighten
    -curves for slight contrast
    -curves to slightly darken greens
    -black & white with slightly darker yellow
    -curves for slight vignette
    -slight local contrast
    -USM 0.7px 80%
    -levels for tinting

    Done in 16 bit to best prevent banding. I guess I could have just done this in ACR
    Last edited by pwnage101; 22nd March 2010 at 01:17 AM.

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    Re: First attempt with black and white conversion

    Hi Troy,
    Your edited version is really much nicer than my original. I dont know how to say it, but yours is very "soft and smooth". (plz excuse my language) :P
    What is USM btw?
    @Pops and arith: what mood can you find in my colour photo? I dont think i cant really coin a word, but i just thought of it at first as "dull", "lonely" and the kind of "going home" feeling.

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    Re: First attempt with black and white conversion

    USM stands for Unsharp Mask. It's a photoshop filter, and how most people sharpen images or apply local contrast (that's how I did local contrast in the image).

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    Re: First attempt with black and white conversion

    Mmm, yes moody alone in the wood on the way home from work sort of feeling. I think it is a strong subject and whatever the crop eyes will tend to fall on the person. The background isn't really important except to emphasise the dense nature of the wood but the darkness and trees on the right add to the illusion.

    That looks moody to me and not something I would sharpen because to sharpen would just confuse everything.

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    Re: First attempt with black and white conversion

    The mood I get is on the lines of "End of a Long Day." The "going home, at last" sort of mood.

    Often people will talk about a picture being "moody" when they feel a strong emotion when they view it.

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