Animals in black and white

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  1. Holowlegs

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    Hi ya.


    Now and again I do like to convert my animal pictures to black and white. Thought I would show a few, some I have posted before but at least here they are under the same roof.



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    As always CC welcome

    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  2. Steve N

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    I remember that beautiful swan shot and have to say that I prefer the colour version.
     
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    I like the middle shot. I'm not sure if I'd prefer it in colour, the blue of the peacock is so cool, but it works pretty well in mono.
     
  4. Holowlegs

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    First of thanks all for looking


    Steve there seems to be a 50 - 50 split on this some prefer the colour and some the B&W, but each to there own.


    Thanks Fozzy, I can't make my mind up what looks better, but put it this way I like them both. I enjoy converting these and trying to find a process that I like and works for me.


    Here are a few more.



    This one here I have done a sort of pin camera effect to it, and added a bit of film grain.

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    I have linked these back to a sort of on black and larger view.


    All CC welcome as always.

    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  5. Holowlegs

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    Hi ya

    Couple more from me. Both taken with the Sigma 70-300mm.




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    Aperture: f/5 Exposure: 1/800 ISO : 200 Focal Length: 168 mm


    Not really a B&W but save me opening another thread stuck it here.


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    Aperture: f/5.6 Exposure: 0.001 sec 1/1600 ISO : 400 Focal Length: 190 mm




    All CC welcome, as always.

    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  6. Holowlegs

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    Hi ya


    More from me




    Swan close up this time.

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    Aperture: f/13 Exposure: 1/640 ISO Speed: 200 Focal Length: 190 mm Sigma 70 - 300

    All CC welcome as always.


    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:



     
  7. lloydy53

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    number 3, the sleeping swan, is superb. I'm not sure about the slight fuzzyness just above the swans head, it's hard to tell if it's the soft focus on the swans down.
     
  8. Holowlegs

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    Thanks for the comment. The soft focus has come from the way I have PP'd it. Its a pin hole camera effect.

    Well here another from me decided to add a slight copper tone to this one.



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    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  9. Holowlegs

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    Hello there


    Here another from me, decided this needed a touch of blue.


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    Exposure: 1/640 Aperture: f/5.6 Focal Length: 190 mm ISO Speed: 200




    All CC welcome.

    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
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    Holo
    All great as usual :thumbsup: just keep an eye on your file sizes though mate :smashin:
     
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    :oops: Sorry about that.



    Another one from this ongoing set.

    Tried to bring out as much feather detail as I could and also bring out some detail in the blacks as well, without making them to light. Also used curves and mask layers to bring out the eye a bit more.

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    Exposure:1/640 Aperture:f/5.6 Focal Length:238 mm ISO: 400






    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  12. onefivenine

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    This is growing into a very impressive series. I really enjoy all of them so far :smashin:
     
  13. dazza74

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    Some lovely pics here, a great thread
     
  14. Holowlegs

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    Hello there

    Been meaning to get back to this little project off mine for a while now.

    This first one was done for last months compo. Took about 50 shots off it while lying on my chest. Wanted a shot were the swan had his eyes closed and the wind was blowing at his feathers so it was lifting them. Had to be patient about it and wait for the right moment, whole session took about 1/2 hr. Always know I was going to do a tone effect on it and wanted to give it a sort off soft look. Did start messing with settings as well, and as you can see this ended up f29.:eek:



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    |1/320| f/29 | 300 mm |ISO 400 |



    Its not every shot that I know what I am going to do with in PP, but this one lately has been screaming out to me to be converted.



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    |1/640| f/7.1 | 300 mm | ISO 200 |


    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  15. Holowlegs

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    Hello There


    Another from me in this ongoing set.


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    |1/500| f/14 | 300 mm |ISO 200 |



    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  16. gpa

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    Some great pics, here are a couple of mine.








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  17. denno75uk

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    Holo,
    Some fantastic shots you're posting here. I like the mono for the peacock, it seems to focus you on the composition and the features.
    The barn owl shot is a stunner.:thumbsup:
    Not so keen on the colour washes. What makes you decide to use them instead of say, a standard BW conversion? Just noticed your comment about one of the swan pics 'needing' a bit of blue and wondered what made you think that.
     
  18. Holowlegs

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    Thanks for the comments Denno, went through a phase of tinting B&W and this was the results of one off then. Have learned not add as much colour to my B&W. Looking back now I am not to sure about #11 myself, the one I think still works is #10.


    gpa two very nice shots there that work well for me in B&W. The Swan is very nicely exposed.


    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  19. gpa

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    Thanks Holowlegs your comments are much appreciated.

    I'm not a great fan of playing with images too much, personally I like them clean. Having said that I am just getting back into photography after a very long lay off and as yet have not found a good software package that I am comfortable with and can experiment.

    Capture NX is not what you would call intuitive, in fact I am favoring Flickr as it seem very simple if limited. Perhaps when I finally find a package I like I may experiment a little, however I am not really artistic LOL so who knows what mess I may produce.

    My fav shot of yours is the Duckling, just superb. I really like the 1st shot of the swan but am not keen on the darkening in the corners but clearly others are and this is just my preference.

    Lets get some more up here peeps :smashin:
     
  20. denno75uk

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    Picasa's editing is pretty good. Has quite a few quick fixes which can be useful as one click adjustments, finer adjustments if required and a few effects which can be fun to play around with and extremely useful (ND Grad, vignette, straighten). Just a thought as I assume you can only work using flickr once the pics are uploaded whereas Picasa is a download.
     
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  22. Holowlegs

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    Hello there

    Another from me, in this ongoing project.




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    | 1/500 |f/5 |168 mm | ISO 400 |



    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
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    Here's a few from me taken a couple of weeks ago

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  24. johnaalex

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    I like the 2 swan shots, but for me the problem with the peacock is that some of the "tufts on the bits sticking out of his head" are lost in conversion.
     
  25. Holowlegs

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    Hello John

    I know what you mean, if I remember correctly I think this was also a problem with the colour version as well. I did have a go at recloning it once but too hard for my skills.

    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
  26. Holowlegs

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    Hello there


    Another from me in this little pet project of mine. Switch the Sigma 70-300mm to macro mode. Took me ages to get the pose I wanted and did lose a load of shots, either got to close to him or he moved or I got the dof wrong. As soon as I seen this one always wanted to do it in B&W. May do a colour version not sure yet.




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    | 1/500| f/5.6 | 300 mm | ISO 200 |




    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
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    That is a lovely shot mate, superb.
     
  28. Holowlegs

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    Hello there


    Another from me and this ongoing project.




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    |1/1600 | f/6.3 | 263 mm | ISO 400 |






    Wish I had go to f7.1 or f8 on this, would of liked the feathers at the front to be a bit more sharper.


    Cheers Holo:smashin::smashin:
     
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  29. johnaalex

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    That is a great shot. I may have taken the liberty to straigthen it up a bit to make the stare a bit more menacing....
     
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    This has been downgraded from an obsession to a project now I see Frank :D
     

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