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Dignity in decay

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by MattNQ, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. MattNQ

    MattNQ Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    As a counterpoint to my introductory seascape images just posted, here are a few from my dark side :biggrin:.
    I love black & white - you can evoke so much moodiness out of an image. If money was no object, I'd be lining up for the Leica M Monochrom......But anyway, back to financial reality :frown:
    An EPL1 + 9-18mm does still get the job done :smile:

    An old Townsville church house,

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  2. Johnytuono

    Johnytuono Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 10, 2012
    Lancs., UK
    I can't beleive no-ones mentioned how fantastic these shots are!! I love them and would love to know in detail what processing methods you've used.
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  3. CUB

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  4. SunnyD

    SunnyD New to Mu-43

    Apr 7, 2012
    I like the contrast, texture and dramatic sky. Did you use a filter?
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  5. MattNQ

    MattNQ Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 31, 2012
    Thanks all for the comments :smile:
    In answer to the questions;

    I used a GND filter (Cokin ND8) while shooting to emphasize the cloud detail & prevent blowing them out.

    Processing-wise, I adjust the image to where I am happy with the colour version first - eg usual contrast, brightness & saturation.

    First & third image were processed in Paintshop Pro x3 - using B&W film affect - you can pick your colour filter to use for the conversion - I tend towards red as it seems to suit my photos better.
    Then a bit more play with levels to bring out highlights etc. Then I used the tone-mapping effect to bring out more detail. This is where I sometimes overdo it, as the tone-mapping is often a 'love it' or 'hate it' effect for many.

    Second Image I was using trial versions of Lightroom 3 & Silver Efex. While I still haven't found the spare $$ for the full versions, they are on my shopping list. Silver Efex is seriously amazing for monos. This one I went with the different mono tint for a different look. Used the 'structure' effect - similar affect to PsP's tone mapping but easier to control (less problem with haloes) - that brings out the detail a bit. Cropped to square format - seemed more balanced at the time - then added the vignette.

    Not sure if that helped or confused?
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  6. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Nice shots Matt....I especially dig the 3rd.

    And thanks for going through your process, its always great to read about how someone achieved the image we see on the screen.

    Love the avatar too btw.
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  7. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    Great shots Matt! I love B&W myself as well, and really like what you did to these. I use Silver Efex for my conversions as well, great tool indeed..!
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  8. incabloc

    incabloc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Awesome shots. The 3rd pic is my fav.
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  9. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Matt, thank you for sharing your fabulous images and shooting and processing techniques. I shoot a lot of abandoned structures and need to remember the wonderful capacity of B+W.

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  10. TDP

    TDP Guest

    Great job man!
  11. emperorvince

    emperorvince Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 8, 2012
    Beautiful shots..the first one is my fav !
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