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Noon in Cienfuegos - B&W

Post by minniev » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:19 pm

Experimenting with some of my Cuba photos in Black and White, all comments appreciated. Frank's talk of shadows made me do it.
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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:53 am

Minniev it's all in what you want to present..this is well done and a nice street grab, I've no comment for improvement...my taste for this image as follows. Their is detail in the white columns, I would bring it out, likewise in the doorway, also on the right side of his face...all personal preference mind you....a duplicate layer taken into camera raw...lower highlights, raise shadows, and lower blacks.....leave it be or mask it in or out where ever it suits your fancy

Edit: the vignette is noticeable, maybe on purpose..

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Post by minniev » Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:41 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:53 am
Minniev it's all in what you want to present..this is well done and a nice street grab, I've no comment for improvement...my taste for this image as follows. Their is detail in the white columns, I would bring it out, likewise in the doorway, also on the right side of his face...all personal preference mind you....a duplicate layer taken into camera raw...lower highlights, raise shadows, and lower blacks.....leave it be or mask it in or out where ever it suits your fancy

Edit: the vignette is noticeable, maybe on purpose..
I did this one up harshly on purpose but I do see your point about bringing back some of the plaster details in the walls. It is the antithesis of your high key image, with a harsh character in a harsh surrounding. I may not have any detail in his face to work with, I shall see. So many of my Cuba photos were shot at very high ISOs with all kinds of other flaws that prevent me from getting detail back. I've done some up as artsy pieces but I have just started trying some with harsh contrasty treatments to try and hide the shortcomings. It has been an interesting retrieval project!
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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:25 pm

Nothing at all wrong with contrasty, I just thought that wall texture was worth reintroducing..which you can do and still keep it bright

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Post by minniev » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:15 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:25 pm
Nothing at all wrong with contrasty, I just thought that wall texture was worth reintroducing..which you can do and still keep it bright
The good thing about plaster walls- if I’ve lost detail I can steal some from another photo.
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