Thirteen HQ b&w v2 by Ian McCann
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Thirteen HQ b&w v2

My second attempt, trying to be less dramatic.

24mm · f/3.2 · 1/2s · ISO 100
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Ian McCann's picture

When I compare the Fstoppers version with the photoshop version it is more muddy than the Photoshop version, perhaps the JPG convesion is degrading the dynamic range, causing slightly darker highlights, not a lot, but noticable. I actually deleted an earlier v2 and adjusted the photoshop version to compansate before posting it again, also called v2. I think it is almost there but I may try to lighten the bright part of the sky and the office interiors a bit more later.

Christian Madsen's picture

Much better now, that the horizon isn't stealing all the attention!

Ian McCann's picture

Good call Christian, thanks.

Do you like the b&w as much as you thought you would and do you prefer the colour or monochrome versions?

Mike Patrick's picture

Wow Ian - I love the B&W version. I think the surrounding lines, nice highlights on the structures, and the great sky gradient are really showcased in black and white. Nice job, and thanks for showing both versions. Great work!

Ian McCann's picture

Glad you like it, thanks.

I did apply a touch of grad, which is essentially unnoticable, darkening the entire sky from top to ground. The heavy darkness at the top is entirely a natural cloud formation. I would never create such an unnatural effect.

I did have to Photoshop a huge puddle at the bottom of the steps and I tried to dodge the patio area at the top of the steps but to no avail. For some reason the dodge tool did not work on the b&w conversion. I need to do some research. There is always so much to learn, even after 40 years of full-time photography.

Christian Madsen's picture

Yes I prefer the B&W version over the color version, however I'm partial to B&W and monochrome images to begin with, as I often find them more aesthetically pleasing and with a more rich tonal range without the often distracting colors.

Mike Patrick's picture

You may know of Jean-Michel Berts, but if not you owe it to yourself to study his work. He's a master in the area of B&W, especially with structures.

http://www.jeanmichelberts.com/Site_31/PHOTOS.html

Ian McCann's picture

Thank you for the suggestion, had a quick look and he has some very nice work. I"ll pop back when I have more time. Thanks again.

Christian Madsen's picture

Thanks for the tip, looks great at first glance I'll have to delve deeper later ;)