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Old 06-17-2008, 11:16 PM
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Re: B&W and Low Saturation Shots

I know the tone you're talking about. I've seen it in a few recent magazines.
In the end, it only matters what you think about the tone. If you like it, then that's what you should go with. Personally, I thought a nice vintage tone matched the composition of the piano. But that's me.

As for the barn, the gradient looked good. It was a nice touch. I did, however, like the selenium tone Danny added to it.
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:34 PM
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Re: B&W and Low Saturation Shots

Blindv, you have a good eye and the skills to go with it!

I like the barn shot also.

Alex is spot on about the different tones of B/W.. which may be what you mean when you say "Low Saturation".. There is a hint of color depending on the contrast or even the angle of view of some of the tones..

I think HDRI lends itself well to Black and white (isn't it a form of the Zone sys?)

Anyway.., my version of the barn shot
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:47 PM
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Re: B&W and Low Saturation Shots

There is most assuredly something to be said about going purely black and white...but I can never seem to quite get there. I find myself leaving just a touch of color, or creating color cast - which just seems to "feel" better..but also lacks the power that a B&W image like your version commands.

All things in time, I guess
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:16 PM
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Re: B&W and Low Saturation Shots

I know what you're saying ... but even "pure" black and white images have a hint of color, even when it is seemingly undetectable. Going back to the days of actual black and white photography, your two most "black and white" black and whites were platinum and silver. Yet, one has a yellow cast, the other blue. It's barely noticeable, but it's there. Real black and white isn't black and white. That's why they seem to come alive when you leave a color cast to them. A lack of all color makes an image flat and lifeless.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:18 PM
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Re: B&W and Low Saturation Shots

Point of fact, people paid extra for that mild color tint (and the chemical process was dangerous in some cases).
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Re: B&W and Low Saturation Shots

Here are some figures for gradient foreground to white which should come close to the effects:
Selenium=#ac8bac
Silver=#88adad
Platinum=bbb07d
Palladium=#aa682f
Silver Gelatine=#eb8c3b
Kallitype=#c48e71
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