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Golden Gate Bridge in the fog

Discussion in 'Creative Pursuits' started by binary visions, May 25, 2014.

  1. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Took these last week when I was in SF for a business trip. I think I like the B&W version better.

    Got no clear sightings for the "classic" shots but I can't say I'm disappointed - I like the foggy version.



     

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  2. HAB

    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    Nice. I actually prefer the color version, but either way, cool shot.
     
  3. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    I like the B&W one. The color one is nice, but the B&W one just speaks to me better.
     
  4. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    It's weird how much shadow detail the B&W conversion lost. I just worked up another version because I didn't like the giant black mass of the hill, and saving it as JPG from Photoshop lost all the detail again. It's not a limitation of the JPG format because my screenshot out of Photoshop, saved as JPG, looks fine:



    What do you guys think of having a little more detail in the hill?

    I haven't done much B&W work but sheesh, the screenshot out of PS6 looks completely different from the saved JPG file. WTF?
     
  5. Nick

    Nick My name is Nick

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    the additional detail is def an improvement.

    try a similar change on the color version.
     
  6. StiHacka

    StiHacka Compensating for something

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    How do you convert to B&W? Try to split the original into three color channels and look at the red one. It will have by far the most light and details. Alternatively, try to convert it to B&W through a yellow filter.
     
  7. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    No, it's not that I'm losing the detail during the conversion. It's lost during the save process.
     
  8. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    Are you working with a 16 bit image, then when you save as jpeg, converting to 8 bit? That might account for the loss in the shadows.

    I like the detail in the rocks in the foreground.
     
  9. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Well sure, but if that were the case, why is the detail being retained during a print-screen of the image and then conversion to JPG? That's also a conversion to 8-bit.

    Harumpf.
     
  10. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    Are you saving at the highest quality? That may be why you are losing detail.
     
  11. dump

    dump Turbo Monkey

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    First thing I thought was... where's the fog?! This would count as a "clear" night on the bridge ;)
     
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  12. berkshire_rider

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    Caveat: Pictures have a lot of noise after being uploaded to Ridemonkey, compared to how they look on my monitor in Lightroom. :disgust1:


    I think having more detail in the hill makes the picture(s) better. Fine line between a little detail and too much, which would draw your eye away from the bridge itself:
     

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  13. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    if you can see your hand....it isn't foggy.
     
  14. Adventurous

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    I actually prefer the first B&W rendering. I saw that and thought it looked like a nice, old school looking picture. The second with the hillside brought about a bit is kinda meh. Took too much of my attention away from the bridge. Cool shot either way though!
     
  15. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    I agree, the more I look at the second shot, the less I like it.