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El Capitan - Color or B&W -Comments Welcome
Posted By: ccallana, 06-18-2007, 10:30 PM

I have a shot of El Cap @ Yosemite that I have been playing with, I think I might want this one on my wall but toying with various conversions - any comments/suggestions?

Color version done with basic Photoshop edits

"Dramatic" B&W version using the optikVerve plug-in

"Flashback" B&W version using the optikVerve plug-in

"Greyscale Process" B&W version using a published action to create a greyscale layer, then levels and USM.
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06-18-2007, 10:34 PM   #2
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I really like the second version - was going to say it looked dramatic, and then I read the description . Virtual Photographer is a great tool.
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I also like the second shot - sharper and higher contrast. It would look great poster sized on the wall.
06-19-2007, 06:20 AM   #4
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The first one is almost too punchy. I like the third one because it looks more natural, but the second one just manages to take the cake because of how the peak stands out against the sky. Really nice!

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Of the four, I prefer the last. I think I would prefer a B&W version that's more contrasty, like some of TMalford's shots of Mt. Hood.

Have you used the "Yosemite Sky" Photoshop action before? It does a good job with these types of shot, but the tints are almost sepia. I usually stick a channel mixer layer on top after the action runs to move the colors back to true B&W.
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I like the 2nd one.. I would maybe darken the sky up a bit (personal taste) and crop the right hand side a little bit more to remove the branches of the tree.

Great shots, one of my favorite places I've ever visited

06-19-2007, 03:47 PM   #7
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I would prefer the second one as well. I really like the contrast and sharpness.
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The last one is defineately the best. Nice shot.

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I like the color shot and the last BW shot - dont like the ones with the effects as much. Tough call really but I think the last shot is probably the winner overall.
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#3 and #4 for me...

Hi Ccallana!

I like the color in #4 but the size and perspective of #3. Photo #3 feels like the mountain is looming over you. For some reason, the one just before it doesn't give me the same feeling. Some good conversions overall!
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#2 Ftw!!!!
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Nice color image.

The foreground cropping in the BW's is correct. Too distracting in the color version.

Your first BW is not well done technically. The tonal ranges are compressed and the highlights are completely blown out in the clouds and face of El Cap.

I personally like the second conversion as I like the tonal range and the "other world" effect of the conversion. Top notch "artsy" interpretation in my book.

From a technical point of view itthe third image is very nice. It would be what most people would like. But it just lacks a touch of the tonal range seen in the image above it. very nice conversion none the less.

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I prefer the "Flashback" version myself. Talk about a lack of consensus! LOL.

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I think the last one would look best blown up, just my 2 cents. (used to be FTW, now LNTW - love not the world)
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Thanks for all the comments. Here is another version using Eric's suggestion of the Yosemite Sky plug in - I'm still not sure this is what I like, but its getting there


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