Weekly Assignment #110: Extreme BW

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  • sfdavissfdavis Beginner grinner Raleigh, NCRegistered Users Posts: 7 Beginner grinner
    edited March 2, 2009
    Nikolai wrote:
    Thanks Steve, great entry! thumb.gif
    The reason I personally prefer to throw a B&W or Channel Mixer adj layer into the mix is that I can play with those channels and see which one (or what mix) gives the best results.


    Normally, I would do a B&W layer but in this case, most of the detail was in the red channel so I just used it.

    It was very hard to find an image that would look good in just black and white. I think you need some texture like my gorilla's fur or the jeans in your shot.

    Steve
  • Candid ArtsCandid Arts Ear2Ear Grinner Portland, ORRegistered Users Posts: 1,685 Major grins
    edited March 2, 2009
    Nikolai wrote:
    Come on, do you have another other picture? mwink.gif

    Suppose I could... But now you're cutting into my homework time...:D

    Original:
    422987956_dV3xm-L-1.jpg

    XBW: (Adjustments>Black & White, Posterize, Slider adjustment to 2, save, upload)
    484034741_dhmdC-L.jpg

    Better Nikolai?
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 2, 2009
    Suppose I could... But now you're cutting into my homework time...:D
    Original:
    XBW: (Adjustments>Black & White, Posterize, Slider adjustment to 2, save, upload)
    Better Nikolai?
    Much! thumb.gif
    PS
    Homework is for whussies mwink.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Candid ArtsCandid Arts Ear2Ear Grinner Portland, ORRegistered Users Posts: 1,685 Major grins
    edited March 2, 2009
    Nikolai wrote:
    Much! thumb.gif
    PS
    Homework is for whussies mwink.gif

    Hahaha...as that may be, they determine my grade, and I'm paying a LOT of money to get the education.
  • ic4uic4u Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,455 Major grins
    edited March 2, 2009
    Nikolai wrote:
    Karin,
    thank you! thumb.gif
    While going for extreme I think it's important to keep the spirit of original picture. The lack of nose in XBW version makes it look skull-like and generally non-pleasant for a western human eye. ne_nau.gif
    Yeah, I guess that's not too flattering! I tried working with it some more, but got nowhere, so I'm going to try another...is this any better, I'm not sure I have a handle on this, but I'm trying!


    484181486_u3H4D-M.jpg

    484181517_XTeCp-M.jpg
    Karin


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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 2, 2009
    ic4u wrote:
    Yeah, I guess that's not too flattering! I tried working with it some more, but got nowhere, so I'm going to try another...is this any better, I'm not sure I have a handle on this, but I'm trying!
    Interesting take... mwink.gifthumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • ChrisJChrisJ Major grins Los AngelesRegistered Users Posts: 2,162 Major grins
    edited March 4, 2009
    Long time, no assignment for me...

    Original:
    484930202_4g83M-L.jpg

    Extreme B&W:
    484930446_sJRf2-L.jpg

    I kind of like it... Basic conversion: Curves, B&W, then Posterize.
    Chris
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 4, 2009
    ChrisJ wrote:
    Long time, no assignment for me...
    Original:
    Extreme B&W:
    I kind of like it... Basic conversion: Curves, B&W, then Posterize.
    Thanks Chris! thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • eL eSs VeeeL eSs Vee Beside himself. Outer Los Angeles.Registered Users Posts: 1,243 Major grins
    edited March 4, 2009
    Nikolai wrote:
    Thank you Lee! thumb.gif
    FWIW, you broke a few major rules of "Car Photography 101" with this shot, but hey, it was not the target of *this* class...mwink.gif

    Show me a photographer who never breaks the rules and I'll show you an unbroken string of exceedingly average photographs. mwink.gif:D

    Seriously, though. . . . Aside from the trees growing out of the roof, please tell me which other rules I've broken. But, before you begin, don't mention a lack of a polarizing filter: I used one, but when I'd turn it to remove one reflection, it'd reveal another. It was a matter of picking and choosing which reflection was less offensive.

    By the way, I shot this in Newbury Park - your back yard! If my partner hadn't needed to get home and I hadn't already made plans for later in the day - and I'd had your phone number - I'd've paid you a visit. Prearranged, of course! thumb.gif

    Thank you for the accepting my submission. In all honesty, I find the black and white version more exciting. mwink.gif
    Lee
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 4, 2009
    eL eSs Vee wrote:
    Seriously, though. . . . Aside from the trees growing out of the roof, please tell me which other rules I've broken. But, before you begin, don't mention a lack of a polarizing filter: I used one, but when I'd turn it to remove one reflection, it'd reveal another. It was a matter of picking and choosing which reflection was less offensive.
    Stop by, and I'll tell ya in person :-)
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • marikrismarikris The Wannabe Registered Users Posts: 930 Major grins
    edited March 5, 2009
    I can't believe I've never been to this particular forum O_o I love these assignments. Anyway, this is my first time converting this way, so I may have gone overboard...

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    485699494_TkMUL-L.jpg

    ***
    Photoshop > Grayscale > Adjustment: Brightness ^ and Contrast ^
    > Threshold to the left
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 5, 2009
    marikris wrote:
    I can't believe I've never been to this particular forum O_o I love these assignments. Anyway, this is my first time converting this way, so I may have gone overboard...
    **
    Photoshop > Grayscale > Adjustment: Brightness ^ and Contrast ^
    > Threshold to the left
    Thank you! thumb.gif
    I personally would like to see just a tad more details on the girls face, but it's definitely a judgement call deal.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • eL eSs VeeeL eSs Vee Beside himself. Outer Los Angeles.Registered Users Posts: 1,243 Major grins
    edited March 5, 2009
    Nikolai wrote:
    Stop by, and I'll tell ya in person :-)

    Next time I'm out that way. . . . Whenever that may be. ne_nau.gif
    Lee
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  • NateWNateW Major grins SE MichiganRegistered Users Posts: 137 Major grins
    edited March 7, 2009
    It's been a few weeks, but this one was so easy to do in a few minutes, I figured what the heck. :D
    So, there's 4 of 'em. mwink.gif
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetic, sans-serif][/FONT]
    #1:[FONT=Arial, Helvetic, sans-serif][/FONT] Melissa McClelland on the Ships N Dip cruise in February.
    486668752_d63S5-L.jpg486671119_RrmjV-S.jpg

    #2 One of my friends. No, she's not fond of having her picture taken.rolleyes1.gif
    (deleted per request)

    #3 Another friend, and given the time of year, the necklace seems appropriate.
    (deleted per request)

    (Wife and I agree on #3: the XBW is better than the color!)

    Edit: forgot to add how it was done! Convert to greyscale, turn up contrast all the way and play with brightness to get a good image. Convert to indexed color scheme, 2 colors. Done, guaranteed 2 color image!
    NateW

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 7, 2009
    NateW wrote:
    It's been a few weeks, but this one was so easy to do in a few minutes, I figured what the heck. :D
    So, there's 4 of 'em. mwink.gif
    Hey Nate,
    Reading is hard, huh mwink.gif ...rolleyes1.gif

    From the OP: please share your own description of how you did yours... Multiple entries are OK, provided the treatments are different.
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • NateWNateW Major grins SE MichiganRegistered Users Posts: 137 Major grins
    edited March 7, 2009
    Nikolai wrote:
    Hey Nate,
    Reading is hard, huh mwink.gif ...rolleyes1.gif

    From the OP: please share your own description of how you did yours... Multiple entries are OK, provided the treatments are different.

    Sorry I missed the point of the assignment for you. I also admit, having read your complaint twice, it still took a moment to catch the point of it. I will delete the additional entries.
    NateW

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    If we don't know what could be improved or could have been done differently, we'll never know how to get better at what we're doing.
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 7, 2009
    NateW wrote:
    Sorry I missed the point of the assignment for you. I also admit, having read your complaint twice, it still took a moment to catch the point of it. I will delete the additional entries.
    Just post a new "correct" one, and don't forget the recipe :-) mwink.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • NateWNateW Major grins SE MichiganRegistered Users Posts: 137 Major grins
    edited March 8, 2009
    Working on new recipes.... Just like with cooking, I usually don't use one, and then I tend to almost immediately forget what it was I did. But you know, they almost always come out good! Must be doing something right.

    Replacements of the two previous included, this time with new effects for both.

    #2_1 Good friend, not happy with shots of herself.
    Recipe: Threshold (colors menu in GIMP), almost by itself, I think (my memory is fading by the second here, so bear with me).
    487693690_Pbo8E-L.jpg486671244_TzMo4-S.jpg

    #3_1 Another good friend, not so unhappy with pictures of himself. Appropriate necklace.
    Recipe: Desaturate with Hue-Saturation slider at minimum level. Levels with upper and lower bounds set really close to each other. Posterize to make sure it was only 2 colors. (It was pretty close to start, but was not a guaranteed result, so...)
    487693818_payfQ-L.jpg486671606_cw5Un-S.jpg

    There! Hopefully this more fully meets the intent of the assignment.wings.gif
    NateW

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    Member, Livingston County Photographers Group (http://livcophotographers.com)

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    If we don't know what could be improved or could have been done differently, we'll never know how to get better at what we're doing.
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 8, 2009
    NateW wrote:
    Working on new recipes.... Just like with cooking, I usually don't use one, and then I tend to almost immediately forget what it was I did. But you know, they almost always come out good! Must be doing something right.

    Replacements of the two previous included, this time with new effects for both.

    #2_1 Good friend, not happy with shots of herself.
    Recipe: Threshold (colors menu in GIMP), almost by itself, I think (my memory is fading by the second here, so bear with me).


    #3_1 Another good friend, not so unhappy with pictures of himself. Appropriate necklace.
    Recipe: Desaturate with Hue-Saturation slider at minimum level. Levels with upper and lower bounds set really close to each other. Posterize to make sure it was only 2 colors. (It was pretty close to start, but was not a guaranteed result, so...)


    There! Hopefully this more fully meets the intent of the assignment.wings.gif
    Thanks, Nate, good entries, nice recipies! thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • PexiPexi One stroke man Cannes, FranceRegistered Users Posts: 85 Big grins
    edited March 12, 2009
    This was an eye-opening assignment for me, thanks, Nikolai!

    Original:
    485778089_k9Jgt-S.jpg

    XBW:
    490117016_vH5sx-XL.gif

    "Recipe":
    - one original photo
    - new layer + stamp filter + adjust sliders...
    - apply and review
    - delete layer
    - redo...
    - max contrast (to destroy some lost gray pixels here and there)
    - some painting with black and white pencils
    Life is pretty straight without motorcycling
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited March 12, 2009
    Pexi wrote:
    This was an eye-opening assignment for me, thanks, Nikolai!
    Original:
    XBW:
    "Recipe":
    - one original photo
    - new layer + stamp filter + adjust sliders...
    - apply and review
    - delete layer
    - redo...
    - max contrast (to destroy some lost gray pixels here and there)
    - some painting with black and white pencils

    Thank you! Glad you liked it!

    Not "true" XBW (this process does not guarantee true 0/1), but close ...
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
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