Dark Siding

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by MattNQ, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. MattNQ

    MattNQ Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    A disused railway yard is a wonderfully spookyplace :eek:
    EPL1 with M.Ziuko 9-18mm





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  2. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    it TOTALLY needs a gargoyle on the roof corner in the first one! :D
    great pics!
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  3. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
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    What amazing forceful photos. This little station is a gem. I frequently try to shoot less used rail heads and abandonded RR buildings in urban hubs but often get run off by the "Railroad Dicks" as Woody Guthrie might say. Can you give me a brief idea of how you post processed?

    Thanks Chrome
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  4. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    What a great place for a Goth photoshoot! - love the work and the editing!
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  5. North20

    North20 Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
    East of the Cascades, PNW
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    +1 to what everyone has stated so far - great images!
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  6. MattNQ

    MattNQ Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    Thanks all for the feedback.

    Chrome, in answer to your question re the processing. Nothing too complex - all adjustments done on a single layer.
    First two with sky I had a GND filter on the camera to maintain cloud detail (it was around midday, so very bright) . #1 also had a slight perspective correction to straighten the walls

    I edit with Paintshop Pro (which unfortunately doesn't yet have Silver Efex plugin) - after adjusting contrast & levels in colour, I use PsP's 'Black & white film' conversion - using a red filter setting (red seems to keep the sky darkest) .
    Once in mono, I tweak the levels (highs & mids) again to get the look & feel I want - and uses some slight tone mapping to make the detail pop.
    Other individual tweaks include vignette & burning on #1 mainly to tone down the suburbia in the background.
    The railway wagon shot went a little differently to the others - I had blown highlights in the middle, so ended up processing very dark & contrasty to give an apocalyptic feel to it.
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  7. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Very good images and a great location, thanks!
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  8. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Wonderfully spooky, love the processing! :thumbup:
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  9. monchan

    monchan Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 7, 2012
    Tottori City, Japan
    wonderful. I`ve looked at these several times today, really enjoyable to look at.
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  10. Peter de Graaf

    Peter de Graaf Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 29, 2012
    Netherlands, Maasland
    Nice composition and beautyful b/w conversion. .... point of view is well chosen
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  11. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
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    Fantastic shots!
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