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Good russte 2006-05-20 6:44

Hi Simon, the photo fits the story perfectly. The perspective and lighting are strong. I just feel the mood of the photo would be more threatening in B&W. So I did a quick workshop. Please let me know what you think. Stephen

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Old 05-23-2006, 10:42 AM
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Hi Stephen

I'm not too keen on the B&W version as it seems to have lost some sharpness - not ideal considering the original wasn't too sharp anyway! Also I feel having it in colour makes the viewer realise that this is a current, 'real time' picture showing destruction that was caused quite recently.

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Hi Simon,

I quite like the softness to the B&W version which gives the photo a reportage feel. I try to avoid sharpening in the workshops (apart from perhaps a specific element in the photo) as the JPEG files are already quite compressed and it is easy to create unwanted artefacts.

I did the workshop during a spare couple of minutes in the office where I have only PSE. At home, I have CS2 and find that 'Luminosity Sharpening' can work without creating artefacts (after applying USM, go to 'Fade USM' under Edit, choose 'Luminosity' from the drop-down menu and click OK).

Anyway, I like your style and look forward to more of your work.

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Stephen
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Hi Stephen

I must admit, I don’t really use any image editing software to any great extent as I want to get my original pictures up to a decent standard before I start doing anything more adventurous with them, and as you say JPEG files aren’t always good candidates for altering too much.

But thanks for telling me what you did in your workshops on my pictures – it will give me some ideas to work from.

I must admit I am rather fond of black and white but so far have not experimented with it (apart from when I was a kid when I took some superb pictures with an old Brownie box which took ‘120’ roll film and cost me tuppence at a school jumble sale!!).

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Old 05-26-2006, 01:03 AM
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Hi Simon, well I guess the quality possible from 120 film is still enough to blow digital out of the water! I quite agree that it's more important to get the image right in the camera than rely on software. But if one looks at the software as a digital version of the traditional darkroom, it becomes a flexible and powerful tool. I'd always wanted to specialise in B&W but didn't have a darkroom and 35mm commercial processing was rubbish. That's changed with CS2. Keep in touch. Best wishes Stephen
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