Old 02-23-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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Hi guys !

A few month ago i got a discussion on a french forum about b&w from digital. I tried to explain it was possible to do interesting contemporary railroad pictures in b&w from digital but not by only using the "desaturate" button from software.

So i open a first thread to share my work. As b&w is emphased by contrast and any graphic elements, i'm working following two ways :
- backlit to draw shapes and dark silhouettes against a bright background ;
- "bright" trains against dark background.

I didn't find enough places to get enough pictures to show you the first way. So i'm showing you some work about the second. I worked with bright trains that have strong side because of the light coming from the left (like in glint light). I also pick some limestone trains which have bright hoppers because of their content.

I'm attaching these examples (i didn'y have suggest any of them to the screeners). The b&w conversion and work is done with Adobe Lightroom and some presets i found online.

Feel free to comment and give your opinion about this subject. This will help my work

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Old 02-23-2008, 09:03 PM   #2
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The first three don't do much for me in terms of subject appeal, but the last two look really interesting. The contrast is excellent, although I think you need to lighten the last one just a touch.

Nice B/W conversion on all of them.
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:29 PM   #3
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Next to last one with the hopper cars is a great image, IF you are asking whether any of them are RP.net worthy, that one is.
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:38 AM   #4
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One of the reasons I love my still new 400D is that it shoots in B&W, unlike my previous camera, the 300D. One of my presets is Monochrome to shoot with a red "filter." Of course, shooting in RAW, you can convert color to B&W and, cooly, B&W to color after the fact.


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Old 02-24-2008, 09:42 AM   #5
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The nose is dark on a few, perhaps why others weren't impressed. I like them all, though a black nose is something that only works in certain circumstances (maybe steam if you get the headlight).

I am surprised you got such nice tones using Lightroom - I wasn't impressed with it during a 30 day trial but have yet to lock in a single method for B&W conversions.

I'd send a few through RP - the tones are filmlike.

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Next to last one with the hopper cars is a great image, IF you are asking whether any of them are RP.net worthy, that one is.
I agree. It may be rejected for a going away shot, but I still think it's a very interesting image and would fit well within the database.
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