The Digital Photo Guy

Black & White Continued

by on May.02, 2011, under Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop Elements

More BW Candidates

Over the weekend, I was at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, CA on my annual trip to see what has changed out there. Usually, the answer is – “Nothing ever changes in Campo.” This time, there were big changes that surprised me. The museum has been cleaning up the depot area (visitors center) and, in general, spiffing up. This is good for the museum but detracted from the gritty, “boneyard” look of the past.

Nevertheless, I had several photos in mind for a BW conversion so I pressed on in my quest. The photo above was something I had seen last year and thought about for a year before trying it again. Even then, the original was far from perfect. It wasn’t even acceptable SOOC (straight out of camera.)

The initial BW conversion was done with a Lightroom preset (Blue-Hi Contrast.) I was never a fan of presets in the early days of the digital darkroom but I’m now liking the subtlety of the newer presets.

The lower left corner under the square beam was blown out white. I cloned part of the upper right corner and and patched it over the blown area. It came out fairly well if I say so myself. Let me know what you think.

Photoshop Elements $3 Webinar

On Wednesday, May 4, I’ll present a new $3 Webinar Series. This time, I’ll cover Basic Workflow in Photoshop Elements. A basic workflow is something every serious digital photographer should know. This is the process of turning good photos into great photos. In a basic workflow, the photo is cropped to focus the viewer’s eye, levels and color balance are corrected to add “POP” and sharpening is applied to create intensity.

To participate, please register at the Photography Webinars and Photoshoots Meetup Group site.

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6 Comments for this entry

  • Gloria Hendren

    I liked your photo of pipes coiled around like snakes. Very interesting concept.

    Do you ever take astro photos? That is a trip that would be worth taking.

    Gloria Hendren

  • Gloria Hendren

    You seem to have a fun time on your trips. Do you ever take trips for night shots of planets?

    Your photo of pipes was very interesting. First eye-view gave an impression of snakes.
    Gloria Hendren

  • Juan Ramirez

    Wow, that looks really cool! Great job!

  • Jill Johnson

    Hi Lee, Oh, darn, we will be on the road Wed. :o(
    I will have to catch the next Webinar.
    B & W info very helpful. Thanks.
    Very interesting photo & clone/patch worked well. Jerry esp. likes this photo. This gives me some good ideas.
    You & Mary have a wonderful summer.
    We’ll be in touch….Jill

    • Lee

      Hi Jill,
      You need to subscribe to mobile broadband so you can attend the webinar while Jerry drives! 😉 Have a safe trip.

      • Jill Johnson

        We are staying in a condo & I receive my mail from RR, but send via RR-Web-mail. We won’t be on the road during the May 18th Webinar….otherwise I don’t know how to subscribe to mobil broadband.

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