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how was this done?

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Old 10-22-2008, 05:41 PM
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how was this done?

http://flickr.com/photos/fdelfini/2391569262/
http://flickr.com/photos/fdelfini/2397842854/
http://flickr.com/photos/d_martini/2347385684/
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:59 PM
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Re: how was this done?

Looks like either high contrast black & white treatment or some HDR or similar filter or a combination of both.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:58 PM
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Re: how was this done?

can i get specific steps
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:00 PM
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Re: how was this done?

people also say that its how the picture is initially that determines how good it will come out.

how should my subject be lighted?
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:41 PM
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Re: how was this done?

Today, with digital SLR's, not too many are shooting black & white. Some are though. But, the majority are converting to b&w later. There are many, many ways to do it and none are standard. It is as much an artists touch as anything, and often it is a lot of experimentation. There are third party utilities with presets that can get you close. However, many feel this is cheating. So, we develop our own workflows to produce the results we like as a photographer.

So, experiment, enjoy it, and be creative !
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:26 PM
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Re: how was this done?

thanks, but im not really talking about the black and white effect.

im talking about the hdrish look but i know it's not hdr is it?
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:49 AM
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Re: how was this done?

It's not HDR at all. That's why I refer to it as b&w. Styles and tastes of the general public change. Today, this style has appeal. 15 years ago it did not. It is still just b&w development... although easier and faster in the digital age.
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:59 PM
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Re: how was this done?

Good lens, good camera, good lighting, polarized filter outdoors, practice cubed, PLUS a complete read and good understanding of this thread: Tutorial 05: Converting a Color Image to Black and White grayscale BW
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:02 PM
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Re: how was this done?

Looks to me like the dragon effect and then a black white conversion. Tommy is right, the black white filter in Photoshop or Lightroom is amazing and I believe it is what you are seeing. Normaly it is difficult to get a real HDR of a sky with clouds or a person because they both move.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:24 PM
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Re: how was this done?

I've just happened to try the same retouching style as you are looking for. Well for me at least it looks like the same
here is the crop from the photo. Let me know if you want me to share the workflow.
The photo is not the best example for such retouch but I was just trying if it's working
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