GF1 with 20mm does B&W

Iansky

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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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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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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

Enrique

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nice treatement BW

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

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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
 

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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.
 

Iansky

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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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