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GF1 Converted images with Silver Efex pro

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Iansky, May 8, 2011.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I have not been here for a while and for that I apologise but up until recently I have not been using the GF1 for a while as I had surgery on my hand last year and found the GF1 too small to handle so used my DSLR more.

    Now getting better and been shooting with the GF1 more, I have recently downloaded the trial for Silver Efex Pro and I am impressed, the conversions it offers vary in many ways and offer a fast and effective way to get consistent results - now considering full version.

    I have just posted my latest conversions using the GF1+ 14-45 lens and I am very happy with them so hope you like them?

    Any tips/suggestions for using this software is very much appreciated.

    Great to be back again.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CzZ8Ka3f-...AERI/UDB8nN3heWs/s1600/Divided+fieldB%26W.jpg

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NBmCT2lFt.../g7vNZWJ8h-Q/s1600/English+landscapeB%26W.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nkyzRQksZZQ/TcbIoYyfr0I/AAAAAAAAERo/_KwY7ogUshM/s1600/Wood+and+sky.jpg

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bkegv7-K27Y/TcbIoqEnztI/AAAAAAAAERw/wmf7aQDHdFs/s1600/Daisies.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UY35bk_zptw/TcbIrc9nBQI/AAAAAAAAESA/Ty_Mith3yBA/s1600/Yellow+Rose.jpg
     
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Hi Ian, wonderful to see you back!

    I'm definitely a fan of Silver Efex Pro (disclosure: Nik is a sponsor of Mu-43 now), and it looks like you're getting great results with your conversions.
     
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  3. Hi Ian, it looks like you already have a pretty good handle on using Silver Efex! I just apply presets, press buttons, move sliders, etc until I get what I want. Not much different to how I would do B&Ws in PS but it takes less time now.
     
  4. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hey Ian. Sorry to hear about your hand, It's good to hear you can use your GF1 again. Welcome back.

    Do you remember me?

    I really am drawn to the daisy and rose pictures, probably because of the small amount of colour. There are 2 things I'm really intrigued about. How do you add the colour back in. I've been fiddling with an app called colourize but it does it's own b&w and I would really love to try it with the Nik one. And also I've been trying to create border similar to what you have surrounding your images. It's like a breath of fresh air to see those cool borders. How did you go about making those?

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  5. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Very nice images, thanks!
     
  6. Do you use Silver Efex, Brady? It has about 20 different border presets you can apply.
     
  7. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    661
    Aug 9, 2010
    I've got to admit: I've never really been a fan of black and white. I'm currently taking a black-and-white film class, though -- and I've come to appreciate it. In particular, I find the process of developing and enlarging film (especially the post-exposure baths) to be quite relaxing. (If I were being paid for it, I probably would think differently!)

    So when I took my color pictures from Morocco and ran the street photos I liked through Nik Silver Efex Pro, I was really surprised at how different they were and how much I liked them in black and white.

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  8. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Hi

    Hope your hand heals well.

    Great BW work. Really enjoyed them.

    You may have seen that Nik have some training videos on their site. If not, they are highly recommended. On the other hand, looking at your stuff, I am not sure you need them!
     
  9. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Welcome back Ian - very effective images and I'm a recent SFX convert - in fact I bought the whole collection with the discount from here.
     
  10. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    bringing colour back in SFX

    I certainly do remember you and many of the others on this wonderful forum/site.

    There is a great and very clear video on YouTube that covers bringing back colour:
    [ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbiOfUlX20E]YouTube - Silver Efex Pro 2: Selective Colorization[/ame]

    You will need Silver Efex Pro 2 that has this added feature.

    Hope it helps
     
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