Posted by Paul Bracey on Tue, 04/04/17 02:36
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Comments by Bruce Hunter on Tue, 04/04/17 03:14

I think the POWER of the falls is ( what is the *visual equivalent of
amplified ? ) by the b&w treatment.

*I hate it when I can't think of a word !

Comments by G.B. SHETTLER on Tue, 04/04/17 10:54

Almost like the rocks are still tumbling down. Is this film camera or
density filter ?

Comments by Paul Bracey on Tue, 04/04/17 11:06

Amplified or exaggerated... Agreed. The color was a distraction.
Digital. UV filter only.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Tue, 04/04/17 12:39

A moody feel to your b&w composition of the water cascading through the rocks and trees. As with Greg there is the illusion of rocks tumbling along the stream.

Comments by JP Zorn on Thu, 04/06/17 00:08

Lots of details and power. An interesting place.

Comments by Ernest Cadegan on Thu, 04/06/17 08:35

I like the scene. I know precious little about B/W but for me the tones
from low mid to dark seem kinda blotchy to me rather than having a
smooth tonal range. And I think it needs some whiter whites. What do you
use for B/W conversions?

Comments by Paul Bracey on Thu, 04/06/17 19:41

Thanks all.
E, it looks a bit like that from work, but it looks good from home.

Comments by Jeff Dye on Thu, 04/06/17 23:49

Rushing water, a pleasant relaxing sound in the woods is very inviting to the camera
lugging hiker. The problem I've seen over the years is that the great sound is often
accompanied by a lot of surrounding clutter along each side of the creek. So if I came
upon this stream I would find it very complex and likely would try to find a smaller,
simpler section of it if it exists. I play with B&W now and then which means I'm far short
of being an expert at it, however, what I see here is a lack of tonal range.

Comments by Paul Bracey on Fri, 04/07/17 00:35

Thanks guys. It is apparently, not just the ends of the histogram
that matter, but the distribution of data points between those ends.
The end points are the same in these two images, but perhaps the
distribution in the following shot will be more appealing.
Thanks again! :)

Comments by Ernest Cadegan on Fri, 04/07/17 13:29

What software did you use for the conversions?

Comments by Paul Bracey on Fri, 04/07/17 14:48


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 04/07/17 15:59

I prefer the tonal range in the second image which works to heighten the contrast between the flowing water and both the rocks and the trees. I think without other perspectives and other eyes I would have allowed the tonal range to have remained as it was in the opening picture.

Comments by Ernest Cadegan on Fri, 04/07/17 16:16

I would suggest that you check out Silver Effects Pro. It transformed my
production of B/W images. It's part of Nik Collection and is free from
Google. My results have been far superior to anything I was able to
produce with PS. It really helped me understand the idea of tonal range
with tones being smooth and continuous vs discreet values.