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    I really like the last one.

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    Thanks, I am still feeling that it is more like playing with composites and doing exercises as I push rather hard on learning new techniques.

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    I too really like the last one posted. Very nicely done!

    I am very much out of my comfort zone doing B&W. I took this shot while practicing with my new Lensbaby Velvet 56 and figured it would be a good one to also practice converting to B&W once I saw this thread was brought back to life ...


    Rose_BW by Denise Trocio, on Flickr

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    Nice picture Denise. I really like the blend of the texture onto the flower.

    I've always felt that black and white photographs showed elegance and class - even if the subject was not elegant and classy. I do convert some of my images, but when I do I add grain to them to make them look a little older, or something like you would see in a news paper. Here are a few of mine that I like. They aren't new, but I like they way they turned out.

    After the Game...
    After the game at TAMU by Wesley Smith, on Flickr


    American Girl
    Pearland Dive Meet by Wesley Smith, on Flickr


    My Hero
    My Hero by Wesley Smith, on Flickr

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    Nice work with the texture Denise.
    As I spend more time doing B&W it occurs to me that what I am drawn to is the light, form, and lines. When I see some colour images, often sunsets, that have amazing colours running through them but lack in subject matter or basic composition skills it serves as a reminder of the distracting power that colour can have when people make a fuss over them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrw View Post
    Nice work with the texture Denise.
    As I spend more time doing B&W it occurs to me that what I am drawn to is the light, form, and lines. When I see some colour images, often sunsets, that have amazing colours running through them but lack in subject matter or basic composition skills it serves as a reminder of the distracting power that colour can have when people make a fuss over them.
    Thank you! I find doing B&W very challenging and what you have said makes me realize that sometimes I am trying to make the conversion with all the wrong photo. Now, every time I am thinking of changing one to B&W, it is going to help me by repeating those words, "light, form, and lines".

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    Film Noir Bird, I took this one in St. Lucia and tried a Maltese Falcon type of look with the editing style.

    2015_11_12_14121_LR_upd_8x10_bw by dthrog00, on Flickr

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    Different take with that. Like where you are taking that one.
    Came across a dilemma tonight when finishing the editing on some images before printing.
    Found that the B&W gave the water the punch I wanted but the colour version had better depth in the scene while also taking focus away from the water. Blended in the B&W to get the water punch and desaturated a bit to avoid pulling focus away.
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    Row of Cannons - Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St. Kitts

    2015_11_13_14561_LR_upd_bw by dthrog00, on Flickr

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    Fountain

    2016_05_31_16118_LR_upd_bw by dthrog00, on Flickr

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