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    To black and white - sometimes makes an ordinary pic into an arty streetshot image








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    Yes indeed. Black and white is also effective for street photography and portraits. I especially like wrinkled and weathered faces shot in high contract black and white.
    Love your second picture especially, with its border fading. Many cameras can do these effects as you shoot but obviously these particular shots were done 'post' in a computer. For those that wonder what it takes, in iPhoto and Picassa, which are both free, it just takes a couple of clicks and maybe adjusting a slider or two. Nothing technical at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    good vid with nice choice of tune

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    Latest version of Picasa has a feature that changes you picture to a pencil drawing........very effective with the right subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gee View Post
    Latest version of Picasa has a feature that changes you picture to a pencil drawing........very effective with the right subject.
    The Samsung NX has that feature in the camera effects. Yes it is very effective, especially when magnified and printed on matt paper. In moderation.
    Here's one I did last week when preparing to re-floor and put a new apron in front of the silage pits.

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    I like that Dave.

    Old stuff in B+W always looks good, but I seldom like new stuff in B+W

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cab-over Pete View Post
    I like that Dave.

    Old stuff in B+W always looks good, but I seldom like new stuff in B+W
    If you landed here tomorrow from the planet Zog in the Aquarious Constellation, how would you know what was new and what was old?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowabunga View Post
    If you landed here tomorrow from the planet Zog in the Aquarious Constellation, how would you know what was new and what was old?
    The old stuff would be the one that looked good in B&W.

    Thanks Pete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowabunga View Post
    If you landed here tomorrow from the planet Zog in the Aquarious Constellation, how would you know what was new and what was old?
    Would you actually care cos to get from there to here you'd have one hell of a spaceship capable of interstellar space travel !.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hesston4860s View Post
    Would you actually care cos to get from there to here you'd have one hell of a spaceship capable of interstellar space travel !.
    Perhaps you miss the point? Or perhaps not?

    Think of someone of five years old with no established timeline judging pictures. They wouldn't know which was new and which was old. Everything more than a couple of years old would be ancient in their timeline. And they wouldn't be able to match the picture's timeline with a retro look to the finish, namely monochrome, to the subject matter either.

    It is all down to individual taste and experience. The monochrome picture of the forage harvester, a modern one, is just as attractive as the picture of the older train apart from the background. It is the perceived timeline of the content matching the monochrome that is being judged. That is a purely generational thing isn't it?

    Bear in mind that I am saying this while being no spring chicken myself.
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    Possibly we are the last generation to think this way.
    I doubt anyone under 35 even remembers B&W tellies and the changeover. That must influence our thinking on what "should" be B&W or not.
    Even when thinking of B&W pics, I think I can make them look even older by choosing sepia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Applesquasher View Post
    Possibly we are the last generation to think this way.
    I doubt anyone under 35 even remembers B&W tellies and the changeover. That must influence our thinking on what "should" be B&W or not.
    Even when thinking of B&W pics, I think I can make them look even older by choosing sepia.
    Quite.


    I just like some monochrome or tinted images because they make interesting art. If it looks and feels good, do it.
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    It's not just about making them look 'old' - although it can do.
    By removing the distraction of bright colours, other aspects are emphasised - such as lighting, shapes or contrasts through a frame.
    It can make a more flattering portrait as the eye is not drawn to every freckle or pimple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    It's not just about making them look 'old' - although it can do.
    By removing the distraction of bright colours, other aspects are emphasised - such as lighting, shapes or contrasts through a frame.
    It can make a more flattering portrait as the eye is not drawn to every freckle or pimple!
    Exactly, when I look at the pic of the train in colour my eye is instantly drawn to the dead grass bottom left but in black n white im drawn straight at the train.

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    well as long as you don't start instagramming it

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    Think there is software out there already that can tell if photo's have been doctored, touched up etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilts` View Post
    well as long as you don't start instagramming it
    I agree with that!
    Can't understand that one at all.

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    Every picture will look better in one form or another whether it be HDR enhanced or striped bare of color , well thats my take on looking at photos. For me the modern machinery is best left in colour whereas the old train or a building say can look far better stripped back
    Normal

    Black & White


    High Contrast


    Sepia
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    And in Instagram


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowabunga View Post
    If you landed here tomorrow from the planet Zog in the Aquarious Constellation, how would you know what was new and what was old
    You think too much

    BTW when was this taken?
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    Quote Originally Posted by essexpete View Post
    You think too much

    BTW when was this taken?
    1936. I was a mear ugly duckling back then. Living in Bagdad.


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    There once was an ugly duckling
    With feathers all stubby and brown
    And the other birds said in so many words
    Get out of town
    Get out, get out, get out of town
    And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack
    In a flurry of eiderdown

    That poor little ugly duckling
    Went wandering far and near
    But at every place they said to his face
    Now get out, get out, get out of here
    And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack
    And a very unhappy tear

    All through the wintertime he hid himself away
    Ashamed to show his face, afraid of what others might say
    All through the winter in his lonely clump of wheat
    Till a flock of swans spied him there and very soon agreed
    You're a very fine Donald indeed!

    A Donald Duck? Me a duck? Oh fuukc!!

    And he said yes, you're a Donald
    Take a look at yourself in the lake and you'll see

    And he looked, and he saw, and he said
    I am a Donald duck, dwheeeeeeee!

    I'm not such an ugly duckling
    No feathers all stubby and brown
    For in fact these birds in so many words said
    The best in town, the best, the best
    The best in town
    Not a quack, not a quack, not a waddle or a quack
    But a glide and a whistle and a snowy white back
    And a head so noble and high
    Say who's an ugly duckling?
    Not I!
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    Pics look the part, and liked the video too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Applesquasher View Post


    I like the colour photo Dave but I prefer the charachter of the B&W one. It takes you back doesn't it. It does me anyway, we used to have a main line running right close to the farm when I was young and that shot could almost be there.

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