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Old 02-22-2012   #1
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I'm a rookie photog to begin with, so I'm not at all edumucated on the finer points of any type of photography, let alone B&W. But, here is an attempt. I've always found it fascinating. Comments and suggestions are all welcome! Thanks!

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I thought I would add another photo in light of the recent events to do with Penn State and Joe Paterno considering I was on campus a few short days after his death. I took this on the Tuesday after his death while many other people were adding their memorabilia to the statue in his memory. It was quite surreal. Anyway... I know it's not the best B&W again, C&C welcome, here it is.

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The first one is rather contrasty, with little detail in both shadows and highlights. This often happens with a flash on the camera. The second one is badly faded out at the bottom, but the concept was good.
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Thanks for the reply. I kinda did the first one for the effect of it considering the way the shot was taken there wasn't much detail to speak of anyway... which caused problems in creating a normal B&W like you said. The second was supposed to be a vignette... HA. but I really just dropped the ball on that. I'll retry and post some new ones sometime. thanks though!
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Hi, do you have the "originals" (scaled down colour jpegs) with which we could "play"? I generally agree with Jim Jones but I would like to see how those photos looked like "when captured" and whether some different processing is possible.
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Hi, do you have the "originals" (scaled down colour jpegs) with which we could "play"? I generally agree with Jim Jones but I would like to see how those photos looked like "when captured" and whether some different processing is possible.
yeah sure I'll get them right up
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The originals are better than the conversion. The musician might convert well enough with less contrast.
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Thanks for the suggestions... I'll give them another shot sometime soon here and see if they turn out any better. Thanks!
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This would be my take on one of your photo's:


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