GF1 with 20mm does B&W

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Iansky, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I am really impressed with the quality of images that the GF1 produces and converting them to B&W has been very rewarding.

    I took my father-in-law to our local railway museum and decided to shoot only B&W - I am very pleased with the results, some of which are here:

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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Ian,
    Very nice. Maybe we need to continue our interview.
    Are you using Silver Effex?
     
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  3. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    those are seriously good
     
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  4. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Silver Effex

    Don,

    Thanks, yes I have used it for a while and love it for converting to B&W.

    I am happy to continue the interview as and when you wish.

    Ian
     
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  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Ian,
    I struggled for years to get what I wanted to no avail.
    It's always B&W for me.
    On another forum, a guy named Wayne turned me on to Nik a few years ago.
    Needless to say, the journey was worth the end result.
    Silver Effex is like my Leica darkroom....
    I know you understand.
    Don
     
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  6. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Jan 28, 2010
    Essex UK
    Excellent images, I am intending to do far more black and white
     
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  7. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Those look great!

    The more photography i do the more i want to do Black & White. I love it!

    Silver Effex is superb but already having Elements and Lightroom 2.5 i really can't justify the extra expense. Lightroom does a good job for me.

    I recently bought a lens from someone at work and i bought the camera also ans it was all in as new condition. I have now (today) Received some B&W film to try it out. Should be a larf!!

    What's the cheapest you have found for Silver Effex?
     
  8. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 9, 2010
    Berkeley, CA
    Love the shots...So you are shooting mono mode?? I have been shooting raw and use a workflow in CS4 I have put together which I really like.
     
  9. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I shoot Raw with JPEG but always convert from Raw using ACR.

    I use 120 sharpness in ACR then open up in PS, I then use Levels/curves and if needs be a touch of vibrance, when I am happy with the colour version I use Silver Effex to convert to B&W.

    I never use the B&W settings in camera as I prefer to work from a Raw image.
     
  10. Enrique

    Enrique Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 15, 2010
    spain
    nice treatement BW

    I like the pics. They look powerfull, black is really black and the grey scale is perfect to me :smile:
     
  11. ajramirez

    ajramirez Mu-43 Veteran Charter Member

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    Jan 16, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Ian and Don,

    I am currently performing my B&W conversions using the B&W adjustment layer in Photoshop CS4. What is it about Silver Effex that makes it a superior tool? How well does it integrate into a Photoshop workflow? How is the user interface?

    Your comments will be well appreciated.

    BTW, Ian, superb shots as usual.

    Best regards,

    Antonio
     
  12. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Antonio,
    Silver Effex plugs in to PS and LR.
    It is very intuitive. You can do just about anything you could do in a darkroom only easier.
    There are presets that you can us as is or modify and save as a new preset.
    There is great control. You can download a trial version.
    If you try it you'll buy it.
     
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  13. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro Charter Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Antonio,

    I agree with everything that Don says above.

    It is a great and easy to use software plug in and the results for me are better than anything I have previously used.

    Cheers,
    Ian
     
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