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Photographer
Ohai Its Nick
Posts: 21
Virginia Beach, Virginia, US


First attempt ever at black and white.... I feel like if I had taken the picture specifically to change over it would look better but, yeah.

Just looking for some pointers. It seems a little bland or lacking so to say.
original and black and white both included below.




Color - http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/13 … 42056f.jpg

BnW - http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/13 … 6e5fc0.jpg
Nov 04 13 05:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lee Nutter
Posts: 160
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


I think it's quite nice. Certainly better to my eyes than the colour version.

I have no specific tips regarding black and white conversions, there's no recipe, it's mostly taste, but I do find that when working on an image I start to get ridiculously anal about things, and often find walking away for a couple of hours will give you a more realistic perspective.

Case in point: Just yesterday I spent hours agonizing over a print, playing with output sharpening, noise reduction, subtle shifts in temperature. I printed the same image seven times, and wasn't happy with any of them. I gave up and moved onto something else. Hours later I came back to the prints, and aside from obvious outliers, could barely tell the difference between them. What seemed at the time to be glaring errors turned out to be subtle differences. Certainly nothing anyone else would pick up. Such is the life of a perfectionist.

This might not be your experience, we're all different. Just thought I'd share mine.
Nov 04 13 06:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ohai Its Nick
Posts: 21
Virginia Beach, Virginia, US


Lee Nutter wrote:
I think it's quite nice. Certainly better to my eyes than the colour version.

I have no specific tips regarding black and white conversions, there's no recipe, it's mostly taste, but I do find that when working on an image I start to get ridiculously anal about things, and often find walking away for a couple of hours will give you a more realistic perspective.

Case in point: Just yesterday I spent hours agonizing over a print, playing with output sharpening, noise reduction, subtle shifts in temperature. I printed the same image seven times, and wasn't happy with any of them. I gave up and moved onto something else. Hours later I came back to the prints, and aside from obvious outliers, could barely tell the difference between them. What seemed at the time to be glaring errors turned out to be subtle differences. Certainly nothing anyone else would pick up. Such is the life of a perfectionist.

This might not be your experience, we're all different. Just thought I'd share mine.

I appreciate the heads up and believe you me, I have walked around from my computer seconds before smashing it haha.


I always edit for 30 minutes then take a 15 minute break outside to relax my eyes.
or I lay down for 15 and listen to music.

Nov 04 13 06:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jakov Markovic
Posts: 1,100
Belgrade, Central Serbia, Serbia


WRONG TOPIC smile ahaha, I reaplied to wrong topic OP please DELTE
Nov 05 13 05:24 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Najan
Posts: 83
Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes, France


Lee Nutter wrote:
I think it's quite nice. Certainly better to my eyes than the colour version.

+1
The B&W is better. The colour version is slightly oversaturated and contrasted. The B&W is more agreeable to look at.

Nov 05 13 07:11 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Five Retouching
Posts: 51
Des Moines, Iowa, US


Agreed with the rest, the black and white version is very nice.
Nov 05 13 09:46 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Dan OMell
Posts: 1,335
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


Five Retouching wrote:
Agreed with the rest, the black and white version is very nice.

+1

Nov 05 13 09:48 am  Link  Quote 
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