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First shot at B&W

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by chrism_scotland, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    First play with B&W really all taken using my EP2 and Canon FD 50 f1.8

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  2. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 Top Veteran

    #1

    I like your 1st one the best.
    Nice work for your 1st attempt.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    recognise the location well...lived in Edinburgh for 15 years

    my only criticism is that you should at very least apply some kind of auto levels to make sure your blacks are truly black and the whites are white...

    plus maybe a bit of Clarity if you are using Lightroom or Definition if you are using Aperture - this is a type of sharpening that works on the mid tones. Also maybe a touch of contrast.

    If you are feeling adventurous you could experiment with 'burning in' the sky

    K
     
  4. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 3, 2011
    Scotland
    Don't know what apertures you were using, Chris, but only 3 & 5 look sharp to me; the others look quite soft (6 not too bad).... could possibly be focus wasn't quite nailed though?
     
  5. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Thanks for the comments folks, to be honest I need to learn how to use Lightroom and Elements, I've never really been one for playing around with my photo's on the PC but I need to delve into them and see what I can do!

    Derek,

    Your probably right to be honest, only had the VF2 a few days so I'm still trying to nail manual focus, but at least they're light years better than I was getting using the rear screen!

    Most of them were taken at either f1.8 or f5.6 - wish they recorded the f value like native lenses!
     
  6. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 3, 2011
    Scotland
    I know what you mean - if, for instance, I'm shooting a person with a manual focus lens, I tend to try and stick to one F-stop and then record that F-stop as a keyword in Lightroom on import.....
     
  7. chrism_scotland

    chrism_scotland Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 1, 2011
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I usually tend to use the same F-Stop most of the time but I'll use that advice to use a keyword in future!