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    B&W conversion take 2

    Moving on from my B&W conversion lesson from Donald and Geoff I thought I would try something architectural.
    This building is at Soverign Hill in Ballarat an old mock up mining town which I visited a few years back.
    After running the image through CC to crop and sharpen I opened it up in Sliver Efex and used the preset neutral with an orange filter which I found highlighted the lettering much better.
    From there it was back to CC and selected the light post and roof on the left and the roof top right of the image to tone down the highlights.

    C&C welcome.
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    Re: B&W conversion take 2

    Good stuff, Greg. Well done.

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    Re: B&W conversion take 2

    Thanks Donald

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    Re: B&W conversion take 2

    I like these Greg. Nicely done.

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    Re: B&W conversion take 2

    Cheers mate, quietly pleased with the result

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    Re: B&W conversion take 2

    That looks OK.

    Just a thought, Greg. Instead of working from a preset effect do you ever do a full manual B&W conversion? Starting by examining the image to decide which colours require strengthening then adjusting the brightness levels before doing the conversion.

    It is a great learning experience which can also help in learning to look at a colour image in different ways. I still do my B&W conversions like that, plus some masking etc to give a personal conversion effect.

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    Re: B&W conversion take 2

    Silver Efex Pro is not a pre-set. It is a filter that has a number of pre-sets within it.

    It is an add on that allows the users to a 'full manual conversion' and make all the decisions as to colours require strengthen, should you wish to do that. It allows for brightness and contrast to be adjusted according to taste. It allows you to do all all that one does by a 'full manual conversion' + an awful lot more. And then when you take it back to Photoshop, you can then apply masks.

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    Re: B&W conversion take 2

    Nice work, Greg.
    I think there are probably as many ways of creating a black and white image as there are photographers / photographic artists. I recently purchased a tutorial from this guy: http://alteredspacephoto.com/ Following his method can yield dramatic results.
    I can't see the link to the course on that page but if anyone is interested here is a link to it: http://alteredspacephoto.com/black-white-artistry/

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    Re: B&W conversion take 2

    Quote Originally Posted by gregj1763 View Post
    This building is at [Sovereign] Hill in Ballarat an old mock up mining town which I visited a few years back.
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    Cool. I am an avid watcher of the "Miss Fisher Mysteries", and 1920's Ballarat was where her fine Victorian mansion was at . . . in the movies, of course.
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    Re: B&W conversion take 2

    Quote Originally Posted by xpatUSA View Post
    Cool. I am an avid watcher of the "Miss Fisher Mysteries", and 1920's Ballarat was where her fine Victorian was . . .
    Glad you like the image Ted,
    I'll see what other photo's I have from there

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