Black & White Conversion

18 10 2011

By Molly Kreeger

Photography By Molly Kreeger – www.mollykreegerphotography.com

Photoshop retouching by – Kurt A. Moore – Moore Images Photographic Services – Westfield N.Y.

The original images is a straight black and white conversion. You can see that the image needs some correction to make the image pop. A black and white image needs some true blacks and true whites and everything in between to make a good looking black and white conversion. We are working with a cute snapshot from Molly Kreeger Photography that you can see in the original image that is flat, muddy and overall grayish rather than black and white. With some contrast added a little bit of dodging and burning with the adjustment mask and a tiny bit of softening you turn a flat conversion into an image with a little pop and character.

 

By Molly Kreeger Photography

 

This comparison is the original image and the results after being worked in niks software silver efex. The grain and sepia tones give the image an aged look. Just playing with different effects.

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Painted tanker car update – Railroad car images – Westfield N.Y.

14 10 2011
HDR image

HDR image

HDR image after lightpainting

HDR image after lightpainting - Westfield N.Y. - Chautauqua Co. N.Y.

HDR image after lightpainting and then taken back into HDR software

The top two images are from a previous post showing the image after coming out of HDR efex pro, the the same image after doing some light painting in Photoshop CS5. I like the second image better than any of the straight out of camera image and the straight out of HDR software image but it still wasn’t right, what I envisioned as the finished image. I walked away from the image for awhile, when I  got back to it I took the light painted image into nik software HDR efex pro to rework it. With quite a bit of structure added to the image as well as some tonal control we have made the image look more like what I think it should.

I do this a lot. Walking away from an image and coming back to it days, weeks, even months later to rework it.





Percy in Westfield N.Y. – Railroad image

12 10 2011
Toy train for composite

Percy the toy train for composite

 

Toy train hot glued to a 2×4 that is covered with white foam core. The 2×4 is attached to a bogen magic arm which is attached to a light stand. The magic arm allows me to adjust the position of the 2×4 to better match the angle of the bridge. The train was cut out of the image in PS5 using the pen tool and refine edge function.

 

Rail bridge over Chautauqua Creek

Rail bridge over Chautauqua Creek - Westfield N.Y.

 

The bridge image was taken with a 18 – 135 mm zoom at 38mm. The wires were removed in Photoshop. The image was also taken into HDR software where there was a little work done to enhance the image.

 

Chautauqua Creek bridge with toy train

Toy train on bridge over Chautauqua Creek in Westfield N.Y.

 

Final image. Composite of the two images.





Spring Flowers

12 10 2011
Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Looking at the file of old images and reworking them. Processing pretty basic, Lightrooms adjustment brush to darken down background along with the vignette on the edges. The red border and border drop shadow was done in PS5.





Blue and Yellow Rail cars – Light painted

9 10 2011

Image #1

Straight out of the camera

Image #2

Light painted in Photoshop CS5. Duplicated image darkened down dupe with a levels adjustment layer and them painted away the dupe to shape and highlight sections of the image to give it some character that wasn’t in the original image.

Image #3

The light painted image was taken into HDR software to add saturation, structure (clarity) and vignette.

SOC railway cars

Straight out of camera - rail cars

rail cars lightpainted in Photoshop cs5

Light painted railway cars

Railway cars - light painted HDR

HDR - light painted - railway cars





Sunset over looking lake Erie – Westfield N.Y.

7 10 2011

Sunset overlooking Noble Winery and Lake Erie 2

 

This is from the Noble Winery shot from Aug. The image is a 3 frame HDR with some dodging and burning done with the adjustment brush in Lightroom 3. Lake Erie in the background.





Maytum Building Fredonia State University

5 10 2011
Maytum Building

Maytum Building Fredonia State University

 

A black and white conversion of the Maytum Building on the campus of Fredonia State University in Fredonia N.Y. The conversion was preformed in nik software’s silver efex with some structure control and clarity added to sharpen up the lines and bring an edgier look to the image.








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