sidewalk patterns f/5.6, 1/125 SS, 50 ISO b&w using Silver Efex

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  • #399119

    Dorothy
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    This is my first attempt trying Silver Efex Pro, using the 30 day trial to see how it goes.  i submitted the photo in color to this weekend challenge because as soon as i read what it was this came to mind. i did take it a long time ago and i still love it.  Now for b&w – it may take a while to get used to the software but i like all the choices and the fact that once i pick a style i can still adjust it.

    sidewalk patterns f/5.6, 1/125 SS, 50 ISO

  • #399136

    Tom M
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    Love this photo,love the processing, your best so far…

     

    • #399152

      Dorothy
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      Thanks Tom M: i have to say the improvements are due in large part to the critiquing that i have received here in the ST.

  • #399137

    Mistyisle
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    You made a very good choice, IMHO, Dorothy.  The conversion brings things out very well.  My guess, High Structure, Harsh?

    I would hate to be without Silver Efex, am sure some of my competition wins in B&W have been because I start out with it …… and sometimes don’t even have to fiddle with the result!

    • #399151

      Dorothy
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      So close Mistyisle!  High Structure, Smooth.  (IMHO?)  So far all i hear about Silver Efex is really good.

  • #399226

    Maureen Photograph
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    It’s very good, I like it.

    I found the bottom part blurry and not adding much to the photo, so I cropped it, as well as a tad from the sides.  Also made a few tweaks, overall the image is just a bit dark for me, so I lightened it in PS using a Levels adjustment, and applied it to the image, except around the edges.  Thus it now has perhaps very subtle vignette.

    • #399282

      Dorothy
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      Thank you Maureen Photograph.  Definitely needed the crop, good eye. Looks good but i seem to be drawn to slightly darker b&w editing.  Anne Hornsby (next comment) did a little more cropping and enhanced the shadows on the sidewalk.  Between both your edits i think it has gotten to a really nice photo.

  • #399237

    Anne Hornsby
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    Dorothy great contrast in B&W with this image.   I agree with Maureen’s crop especially because it brings focus on the shadow of the 1st tree.   I also suggest you think about cropping left to delete the lower left triangle and the car wheel.   (This leaves you with a custom aspect ratio, which I guess is a no-no , though I’m not sure.)    I also enhanced the contrast in the sidewalk shadows.

     

    • #399283

      Dorothy
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      Thank you Anne Hornsby the additional cropping and enhanced shadows on the sidewalk have gotten this to a really nice photo.  i am trying to use proper crop ratio but honestly, too often i end up with custom ratio, so no worries.  Thank you to both Maureen Photograph and yourself for the edits and input.

  • #399242

    Frank
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    Yes. I like the crop, Anne, and, Dorothy, I like the way the white flowers are so white, adding a nice “glow”.    With camera on a tripod and remote shutter release, you could have walked well beyond halfway down the side walk,  so as not to block out too many patterns or shadows on the walk, and included yourself as an element of interest.   At least you could see if a person in the photo may also work.

    • #399284

      Dorothy
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      Hi Frank: i too thought people might work so i did take some people just walking along but felt they took away from what had caught my eye to begin with which was the repeating patterns and shadows. thanks for the thought. 🙂

  • #400267

    Lenny Wollitz
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    Dorothy, your BW processing is progressing nicely! However, as far as composition goes, without your title I wouldn’t know what to look at. You have leading lines going to nothing and a flag with a partial word on it that grabs my eye but is not very interesting.  I prefer to have an obvious subject, usually a person but I’m just a street photographer.

    • #400331

      Dorothy
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      Thanks Lenny:  true, i definitely need to work on my composition, mostly i shoot with feeling, this was a beautiful spring day and the walkway made me want to just walk along underneath the trees and shadows and enjoy the day. oh, and you are not “just” a street photographer. 🙂

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