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winter night sentinel

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by krugorg, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/krugorg/6380454081/" title="snowy night by krugorg, on Flickr"> View attachment 183411 "720" height="1000" alt="snowy night"></a>
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  2. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    I like it. What was the ISO?
  3. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA

    It was ISO 200, believe it or not. It is a heavy crop, probably only 25% of the original image. I added a decent amount of grain in Silver Efex during PP.
  4. m1pui

    m1pui Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 30, 2010
    Sunderland, UK
    I like it.

    Not saying this in a scathing manor, but I'm not sure about "digital grain." Any chance of getting a look at the original to compare and see what you've done :) 

    What is it anyways? Certainly don't see many buildings & lights like that here in the UK I don't think!
  5. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    I appreciate the comments and any critique/tips always!

    I think I know what you are saying about adding digital grain - seems counter-intuitive. I usually only add a moderate amount in high ISO images, or where I am going for a vintage effect. I have noticed on other images, though, that the grain can add some depth to the photo. I may be crazy on this effect.

    I do have a few a tubes in my audio setup (with a "digital" amplifier, so maybe I am just confused)... it's added distortion, but I like the sound. I guess the analogy may not hold well, as the distortion is from an analog source rather than digitally simulated.

    Anyways, here was the full original. Nothing special, but I did like the light coming from the building and the skyline silhouette. It is a nice little city park down below, and that is what the light is illuminating.

    I also gave it a go in color and didn't like it as well as the B&W... maybe need to desaturate more and darken.

  6. ripleys baby

    ripleys baby Part time philistine

    Aug 10, 2011
    Mmmm . Nice ! Like the colour version best .
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  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I think I prfer the b&w - has a sort of gothic feel . . .
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  8. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    The color versions look like a giant Dalek or something (thinking here for Tom Baker's era).

    Or maybe Sauron's tower in Jackson's LOTR?
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  9. VinVin

    VinVin Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 7, 2010
    GTA, Canada
    I like it! Makes me think of Batman's Gotham City mixed with mobsters XD haha
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  10. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I'm assuming that's Minneapolis, yes? I had a chance to move and work there back in the 1980s. I'm still kicking myself for not going. Nice work with the sentinel.
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  11. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Thanks for all the nice comments and feedback!

    The photo was taken across the river in downtown St. Paul. I lived in Minneapolis before getting married and now in the eastern burbs. It is a nice city to live in, lots of nature and things to do, as long as you can deal with the winter. Never too late to move, though. :smile:
  12. m1pui

    m1pui Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 30, 2010
    Sunderland, UK
    I actually appreciate the photo a lot more now that I've seen the original :smile: I thought the white lines were part of the grain effect you'd added. I didn't realise it was snow fall.

    It's got a very nice gothic comic book feel. Sort of like the future that you read about or saw in sci-fi from the 80's. Robocop era :smile:
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