Just taking a breath

Hi,
I shot this today near sunset. Granted the light is not interesting but the subject attracted me. Anyway, I struggled to get acceptable color so I converted it to black and white. I have to say I also don’t like my black and white edit. :grimacing:

I hope that our forum full of wizards can enlighten me with their edits. Comments on shooting techniques or angle … are also welcomed. I’m a newbie.
(I don’t care if it’s true to life. As long as it looks good it’s ok.)

Cheers!


DSC00138_01.arw.xmp (12.3 KB)
Oops, forgot the raw.
DSC00138.arw (41.5 MB)
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taking.a.break.pp3 (15.8 KB) RawTherapee 5.8 (Development)

Different crop and a slight colour grading.

Thanks for sharing.

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DSC00138.arw.xmp (12.7 KB)

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I would say this is just perfect for b&w. Nic1!

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I like the muted colours in yours.

@Jade_NL like your crop a lot. Thanks!

@Thomas_Do I like the feeling your edit gives. Thanks!

@hannoschwalm Thank you for your kind words!

dt 3.4.1

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With Filmulator:

  • Auto CA Correct 2
  • Highlight Recovery 2
  • Temperature 4387.8
  • Exposure Comp -1/3
  • Drama 67
  • White Clipping Point 0.73
  • Shadow Brightness 223
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This is one where I’d want to do a local adjustment, burn-in the face a bit. In rawproc, with no local tools:

I grayscaled it while still linear, filmic curve, and a crop to taste.

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Done in ART, Color/Tone Correction, crop.

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DSC00138.arw.xmp (13.9 KB)

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Using dt 3.5 and filmic


DSC00138.arw.xmp (9.5 KB)

Edit: second version using dt 3.5 and sigmoid


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Testing B/W in darktable 3.50
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Thanks for posting, I cropped to focus on the man
darktable 3.4.1

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DSC00138_01.arw.xmp (22.2 KB)

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@Jean-Marc_Digne Nice crop!

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Like the tonality of both of these, will have to look at how you achieved it.

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Nice crop! I also like the crisp look too. :heart_eyes:

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dt 3.5

Edit: decided it was too blue; fixed.

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Pretty close to the crop I was considering submitting.
You eliminated the “noise” on the right side. Maybe step back out just a tad (more as observer than intruder)…

Made a BW using

The mathematically correct “Decompose/Bucket Fill the A and B channels/Recompose” method for GIMP 2.9
https://ninedegreesbelow.com/photography/lab-lightness-to-black-and-white-gimp29-photoshop.html#decompose-bucket-fill

First, I changed the color calibration again on the above image:

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Then I switched to GIMP and used the above BW method:

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