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Along Circle Trail

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 12 August 2009 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

This shot was taken with my G10 during our walk along Circle Trail. The processing involved playing around with a number of Nik filters. First in Color Efex, I applied the Midnight Filter with the Color and the Brightness pumped way up. Then I added the Tonal Contrast filter. After more playing around, I decided to create a more HDR effect in Photomatix (this was single file tone mapping). Finally I applied an Antique Plate preset in Silver Efex. (Everything probably could have been done in Silver Efex.)

BLACK AND WHITE CONVERSIONS - Many of us were drawn to photography because of the incredible artistic beauty of black and white photographs. For that reason alone, we often want to convert our photographs to monochrome. In the digital world, there are an amazing number of ways to make these conversions. What I have come to understand is that making good black and white conversions is more complex and more sophisticated than working in color. Others may disagree, but that certainly has been my experience. Almost all of my B&W conversions use Nik's Silver Efex Pro. In my journey, I have come across two terrific resources. One is Vincent Versace's new DVD tutorials, "Return to Oz; Oz to Kansas 2.0." Versace has blown my mind when it comes to B&W conversions. The other resource is Jason Odell's "The Photographer's Guide to Silver Efex Pro."

Canon PowerShot G10 1/160 second F/8.0 ISO 200 13 mm

[email protected] - gilles daigneault from Granby, Québec, Canada

Playing around has been worthwhile!
I'm a fan of b/w pictures.
Very nice.

gilles d.

12 Aug 2009 5:15am

Yvon from Orleans, France

very nice capture

12 Aug 2009 5:41am

Dulcie from Danville, United States

I like the silvery almost eerie effect, here. You get a lot of 'mileage' out of Circle Trail, photographically speaking, don't you!

12 Aug 2009 5:52am

@Dulcie: Yep on the Circle Tr. mileage.

masoud from tehran, Iran

Beautiful bw, very nice

12 Aug 2009 6:42am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

I love the final result. Lovely texture on those woods.

12 Aug 2009 7:44am

@Nicholas: Thank you.

[email protected] from Paris, France

Love its sharpness !

12 Aug 2009 8:15am

zOOm from Paris, France

That's a nice mono picture Jack. Like its sharpness.

12 Aug 2009 8:24am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

The final result was most definitely worth all the 'effort'!
It's a great image
Love the tones and clarity

12 Aug 2009 8:42am

@Anina: Thank you.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love this, sends shivers down my spine

12 Aug 2009 10:41am

@Lorraine: Whoa! What a nice comment!

MJ from Delaware, United States

I really like it I love the silvery color... I just wish I had a eye for converting to B/W for some reason I only see colors......Great work

12 Aug 2009 11:41am

@MJ: I'm working very hard on learning how to do B&W conversions well. I'm finding it harder than color.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Absolutely mesmerizing! This is a seemingly simple composition, but I find myself lost in all the different tones here! You have outdone yourself with this one!
And thanks for the info, too. What great resources!

12 Aug 2009 12:30pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like the texture of the wooden gate, great effect on it especially. So may be i would have prefer a closer framing... :-)

12 Aug 2009 12:52pm

Irene from Les Coteaux, France

Very nice monochrome !

12 Aug 2009 1:00pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Love what you did with this.......Great final result......

12 Aug 2009 1:17pm

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Wow ..I like this treatment ,the texture ,sharpness of this photo ,a beautiful composition !

12 Aug 2009 2:08pm

@Marie-Hélène Ammor: Merci.

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Nicely done. Your processing workflow sounds similar to mine somedays.

12 Aug 2009 2:21pm

don from Spokane, United States

Quite the involved process to get this fine shot. I like the final result very much. Excellent work.

12 Aug 2009 3:01pm

@don: Thanks, Don.

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Love that Nik stuff. I'd be lost without dfine as I often shoot at high ISO. Nice composition, contrast etc. Well done.

12 Aug 2009 3:26pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

great tratement and framing ,jack
wonderful this b&w !
friendships !

12 Aug 2009 4:40pm

@marc battault: Merci, Marc.

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Well worth the effort on the processing Jack. Will have to start saving up to buy this software.

12 Aug 2009 5:44pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

wow stunning effect beautiful work

12 Aug 2009 9:13pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Looks great! I agree about Silver Efex; I like it.

12 Aug 2009 10:35pm

khadi from New Delhi, India

Stunning. The processing and conversion are out of this world. Great job on the composition as well.

13 Aug 2009 1:33am

@khadi: Thank you very much.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Good resources, Jack, thanks! This is an excellent conversion to greyscale. I usually do all of my tweaks in color to get the shot how I want it to look, then I convert to greyscale and do the finally tweaks. Works for me, but yes, it is a bit difficult to get the hang of the process at first..

13 Aug 2009 6:09am

@Toni: I also work first in color to get it the way that I would like it in color; then I do my conversion.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Fabulous texture and contrast! Well done

13 Aug 2009 5:59pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Excellent treatment. It really brings out the texture and tones of the wood. This was the shot to apply it to. I like your commentary on B&W. I dabble but wish to do more and agree that a really good B&W can be more complex.
I look at B&W as having more artistic value which relates to my early days of working with pen and ink sketching.
This image really captivates me.

16 Aug 2009 4:34am

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb. B&W is a primary focus of my learning these days.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful BW

17 Aug 2009 5:08am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Outstanding, Jack!!

17 Aug 2009 7:54pm