Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by RoyReed, Mar 6, 2019.
Battersea Power Station by Roy Reed, on Flickr
Very nice black and white Roy.
Another black and white - view of a river (pano click to see full size)
I think you need to play around with the tones a bit to get some more detail in the sky and maybe a little lift to the midtones in the foreground - nice landscape.
Hi RoyReed yes, I am struggling a bit with tones and the like, whenever I am there I think, wow what a pano, but when I make the image up later it disappoints. I like your tweaks, eta how did you tweak the foreground?
In photos: Central Park in the snow on St David’s Day, New York, March 2019
I did two separate tweaks, first using a graduated mask to just leave the sky which I darkened by about 5% overall and then darkened the shadows and mid tones and lifted the highlights. I then reversed the mask so that just the foreground was showing and darkened the shadows and lifted the midtones. I also gave it a warm tone using a platinum toning filter, but that was just messing around. Same would apply to straight b&w.
It's pretty similar to how I'd have printed it in a darkroom in the old days. Use a higher contrast grade of paper (up from 2 to 3), burn in the sky and hold back the foreground slightly.
RoyReed thanks for your explanation, I will have another play with it. In another place I have had complaints that the river disappears in the middle of the image, can't please some people
The original panorama is very flat (from the raws) so there is plenty of room for manipulation.
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