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I know, I've been crap at updating the blog lately, but there don't seem to be enough hours in the day at the moment to even cover the basics, let alone find time to go out shooting.

Fortunately, I'll be heading back to the UK soon – for some one-to-one training sessions and my The Art of Black and White Photography and Creating Dramatic Images workshops – so will definitely be out and about shooting some seascapes :)

As for this shot: it was taken in Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) and I may well use it as next week's Mini-PSD as the processing was quite interesting. Take a look at the original, and see if you can tell me why.

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comment by Matteo at 11:45 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2011

Let me try, maybe because converting with BW adjustment (or camera raw) you were able to separate blue from cyan, darkening the blues and lightening the cyans, something you can't do with a black-white conversion using the channel mixer for instance. I'm not entirely sure but it's a good try :)

comment by djn1 at 11:50 AM (GMT) on 5 September, 2011

Matteo: close - it's definitely something to do with the black and white conversion - but that's not it :)

comment by Alexis at 05:26 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2011

Who cares? Wow! Excellent processing. I wonder if you "saw" it at the time you took the picture or if you "discovered" it while trying to process the picture. The micro-contrast at various parts of the image is particularly impressive. One thing that looks slightly artificial to me is the difference between the top right and the bottom right parts. But overall: fantastic!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 05:42 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2011

I wouldn't mind seeing the results of your work if you processed this as a color image. I do love the B&W results too :) Did you say seascapes? Yes!

comment by djn1 at 07:03 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2011

Alexis: this one came together while I was processing it as I wasn't quite sure how I wanted it to look when I was processing. As for the top-right corner: do you mean it looks a bit too dark? If so, I'll probably change it as I was thinking the same thing.

Carlos: yep, seascapes :D

comment by djn1 at 07:11 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2011

Alexis: I've posted a slightly different version, that opens up the top-right corner a bit. It's not hugely different, but I think it looks a bit more balanced now.

comment by Robbie Veldwijk at 08:31 PM (GMT) on 5 September, 2011

Really awesome this! Nice contrast

comment by Ian Mylam at 02:00 AM (GMT) on 6 September, 2011

Given that some of the blues have become light tones after the b&w conversion (e.g. the band of blue middle top of the image), and some have been darkened (e.g. the face on the right), this would suggest that you have performed at least two b&w conversions biased towards different colour channels, and used a mask or masks to hold back some of the first conversion. There surely must be more than one b&w conversion layer here, as otherwise all the blues would map to broadly similar tones in b&w.

comment by djn1 at 07:06 AM (GMT) on 6 September, 2011

Ian: yep, spot on. I used three different black and white conversion layers (though only two were especially significant, the third made a minor change to the face on the right), blended using masks.

comment by Alexis at 11:56 AM (GMT) on 6 September, 2011

David: yes, that's what I meant, it looks more natural now -- in my opinion at least

comment by djn1 at 02:27 PM (GMT) on 6 September, 2011

Thanks Alexis, and I agree - the vignette was too heavy in the original version.