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    Meanderings in Monochrome

    As a recent project, I went back through my archives to re-process some of my travel photos as monochrome images. Using the latest plug-ins, I was able to create a look that I liked and which reminded me of how I processed a lot of my B&W film images. (Full gallery here: Meanderings in Monochrome)

    The files are from different cameras from different eras:

    Japan & Korea: Nikon D1
    France, Switzerland, Bavaria, Austria: Nikon D1x
    London: Nikon Coolpix 8800
    Amsterdam, Budapest & Moscow: Leica Digilux 2
    Paris: Epson R-D1

    All files (except those from the Epson R-D1) were jpegs, but the PP routine was similar for all:

    ACR -> PS6 -> Topaz Denoise (optional) ->
    Nik Color Efex Pro 4 (optional), using Detail Extractor (to yield some tooth to the image) & sometimes GND filters ->
    Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, using some custom presets I've created.

    Here's a few examples:

    Vienna
    Attachment 66304

    South Korea
    Attachment 66299

    Moscow
    Attachment 66302

    Moscow
    Attachment 66303

    London
    Attachment 66300

    Paris
    Attachment 66301

    More pictures in the series may be seen on my website gallery page: Meanderings in Monochrome

    Feedback is welcome.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Meanderings in Monochrome

    Simon, The sample you have shown- the captures are nice. I am not sure (to my taste that is- that is the caveat), the PP works, possibly excepting the Korea shot.

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    Re: Meanderings in Monochrome

    Hi Vivek,

    Yes, I know that my PP results will not appeal to everyone. While I'm trying to recreate a grainy, high-ISO B&W print look, the fact that I'm dealing with mostly older jpegs means that some skies etc get a bit too pixellated. However, hopefully the image content trumps any PP misdemeanours.

    Ciao,

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    Re: Meanderings in Monochrome

    Hope you don't mind, but I liked them, except for the sky/clouds. They have the HDR-ish look that's distracting to my eyes. I really like the last one in Paris, though
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    Re: Meanderings in Monochrome

    very nice.

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    Re: Meanderings in Monochrome

    Quote Originally Posted by simonclivehughes View Post
    Hi Vivek,

    Yes, I know that my PP results will not appeal to everyone. While I'm trying to recreate a grainy, high-ISO B&W print look, the fact that I'm dealing with mostly older jpegs means that some skies etc get a bit too pixellated. However, hopefully the image content trumps any PP misdemeanours.

    Ciao,
    Hi Simon, Unquestionably, the image content supersedes the processing. I like them very much, now that I have spent a bit of time going over your work over the years.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Re: Meanderings in Monochrome

    way way oversharpened for my tastes... though whatever the get dpi filtering of the pics does doesn't do then any favours

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    Re: Meanderings in Monochrome

    @David,
    Thanks for your feedback and I'm glad you like them. They're not HDR, at least not true HDR, as it's all from single (jpeg) files. I've been experimenting using CEP to flatten the tones to try to get better overall tonality when going into SEP for B&W. It works better sometimes than others.

    @Jeff,
    Thanks, Jeff, It's always rewarding to know your work has pleased someone!

    @Vivek,
    Thanks, once again, my friend! I think anyone who sees a lot of my stuff will agree I often like to see things a bit more aggressively, if you will.

    @Kevin,
    Appreciate your feedback too. As I stated above, I have no allusions that my PP of these images will be universally acclaimed!

    Cheers to all,

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    Re: Meanderings in Monochrome

    Quote Originally Posted by kevinparis View Post
    way way oversharpened for my tastes... though whatever the get dpi filtering of the pics does doesn't do then any favours
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    In looking at them again here and on my website and iPad etc, there is for sure an extra degree of 'crunchiness' in the images within the dpi post.

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