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    In doubt again

    In LUF Rolo suggested I should convert this image to monochrome. I'm not sure... Opinions?







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    Re: In doubt again

    I have a strange reaction to the greenish -yellow light. I want to like it, but it doesn't feel like anything you would see with the naked eye. So from that standpoint, I do prefer the black and white. The building and all the great lines come through more clearly.

    I couldn't resist an attempt to alter the color. Presented strictly as an alternative to your fine shot.

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    Re: In doubt again

    Well... I like the B&W best too, but also like the red in the sign and the building and the way they compliment the slight blue cast to the sky, so my version leaves those colors in...
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    Re: In doubt again

    The yellow sodium light is true.
    If simply the color balance is changed, then the red neon goes off-color.
    So I prefer your original colors.
    As for the B&W rendition,
    I like it but I am feeling that a blue tone might work with the subject.
    Sort of in the feeling of the film "Nosferatu" although your shots do not have the same menacing flavor as the film. Nevertheless, your original color or some (perhaps) blue dominant split-tone.
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    Re: In doubt again

    Thanks! I like Jack's treatment best I think. Layer copy, convert B&W, layer mask and soft brush I suppose?
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    Re: In doubt again

    Jaap's Black and White with a platinum tone curve added.

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    Re: In doubt again

    Quote Originally Posted by jaapv View Post
    Thanks! I like Jack's treatment best I think. Layer copy, convert B&W, layer mask and soft brush I suppose?
    NOPE! (I should keep it a secret for the workshops ) But what the heck: It's actually easier to show than explain, but basically a hue/saturation layer, then desaturate select colors.

    Cheers,
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    Re: In doubt again

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    NOPE! (I should keep it a secret for the workshops ) But what the heck: It's actually easier to show than explain, but basically a hue/saturation layer, then desaturate select colors.

    Cheers,
    I see, thanks, a lot less work in the akward corners!
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    Re: In doubt again

    A dissenting view: I like the original color one. The yellow-green light is a pleasing contrast to the blue-gray sky, with the red tossed in for accent. The top/left portion and bottom/right portion have strongly contrasting (nearly opposite) colors, and the bit of red in between them mediates between them and provides a focal point. The strong color contrast emphasizes the difference between man-made and nature, and that's lost in the B&W versions.

    Lisa

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