Quad Tone Refinery

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Bokeaji, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
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  2. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
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  3. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    Cool rendering.
     
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  4. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    What people don't or can't sense here is the smell! Artesia, especially close to the refinery smells bad. All the dairies add even more aroma. Did you take a picture of the sign coming into town that reads "The sweet smell of success"? There are some wonderful statues around the town too, get any of them? Last time I was there I shot some of them with my, then new, BCL. In case you wonder why I know so much about Artesia, it is because Roswell is only 40 miles away.

    What process are you using for the first and second shots?
     
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  5. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    i didnt get to do much photography
    was out there for work, and it was GO GO GO GO GO, so all of these shots were out of a dirty windowed truck flying by! lol!

    same process for all, but it takes better to certain shots than others (sometimes it just looks like orange monochrome, sometimes it looks painted)
    (dunno why the last one has a canvas texture... i musta clicked something accidently, lol!)
    topaz simplify
    any of the buzsin presets
    finishing - quadtone.
    i pick bright orange preset color, then go to the dark brown on its scale
    then the bright orange
    then the preset color for the bright yellow orange
    then white

    then a lot of sliding those sliders around to get it how i want it

    it seems to work better(to me) where things seem busier
     
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  6. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    I like the "painted" ones the best. Especially the one with the workers.
     
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  7. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    The blocky cartoonish contrast of the "workers" one is superb, they look more like statues or robots than people.
    It reminds me a bit of "key line" art filter.
     
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  8. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    agreed
    i put the other 2 up tho since they all kinda go together, even if the processing didnt take as well.. i wonder if i up the contrast a lot first... hmmmmm
     
  9. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
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  10. kidrussell

    kidrussell Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 14, 2013
    Chagrin Falls, OH
    Chris
    I love the composition of these. Nice work.
     
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  11. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    I like the first version of the Silos and the trucks,
    just because the Workers was great doesn't mean the others need more fettling.
    The metal texture of the silos is lost in the second version,
    and the accidental canvas was cool ...
     
  12. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    i think the canvas look was just from the graininess (it was shot in grainy b&w filter) and the 4tone splotchiness reacting to one another... it changes if i change the brush size n what not
    im torn on the silo.. the first does have more metal.. but then i feel like it should just be b&w, not the orange tones. i think for the orange, i like the splotchier look
     
  13. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I am even more impressed if you took the photos from a moving vehicle.

    Thanks! I am currently looking for new software since Adobe has made Photoshop a rental only product. I like the looks of what Topaz has. Do you have any of their other products?
     
  14. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I just got the trial specifically to play with the quad tones. Lol. It's a 30 day trial. They have a standalone editor. So you don't have to use aperture or lr. But it wouldn't open orf for me that way. I might have been doing something wrong tho, I barely tried. Lol

    I also am liking alien skin exposure. Try that trial as well!

    W.re to moving vehicle... I have a lot of practice. I think half my shots I've ever taken are out of a dirty truck window. Lol. But I'll be damned if I let a speck of dust hang out on my lens!!!! Lol!
     
  15. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    This type of processing is excellent for the subject matter, but I like the lower contrast versions best. I went through a phase that I overdid things, so I guess I'm in a conservative phase now. Great work.
     
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  16. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    Whatever the OP did to get the effects, they are very nicely done. I like them all.
     
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  17. Mikros

    Mikros Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 16, 2013
    Australia
    Fantastic. :2thumbs:

    First two really resonate with me. I use Topaz Simplify a lot for my graphics design work.

    From my experience with Simplify the process likes a crisp, noise free images with lots of geometry (exactly what is in the two workers image of yours). Cityscape works better than landscape for me.
     
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  18. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    im finding the same thing
    tho, i also like some of the people shots im getting for another project, provided there is broad light-shadow spectrum shown
    its less blocky, but i like it stll

    simplify is on sale for %50 off ($20 total now) in case anyones interested
     
  19. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    for anyone interested in this method, or others, using topaz simplfiy, i just got an email form them and theyre having a webinar for the simplify program
    you can check at http://www.topazlabs.com/webinars/
    its this coming tuesday, 4pm eastern