see my complete fine art collection on www.highton-ridley.co.uk
and my stock photos on www.photoready.co.uk
I like this one very much highton, I've been trying to shoot something like this for quite a while but they just don't work as good, by far.
It would be great if my monos were all 'as shot' but they all have a degree of post production, some more than others.
I usually enhance the contrast and adjust the levels for maximum impact, sometimes dodging and burning to control highlights and shadows.
It helps to get the capture in bright conditions that naturally aid the contrast - like low evening sun to lengthen shadows on the ground. Sometimes a high mid-day sun gives good definition to texture on buildings that you don't get in the evening.
You must have a feel for that already as your great mono of wheat shows.
Like all things, practice, practice, practice... :)
Thanks again Highton, all mono shots I posted so far were conversions from color ones, so they ALL have post production! Although I will try to shoot some mono directly and post them as 'it is' I haven't reached that fase yet, I'm really a beginner in this and I still use a compact digital camera, so I really don't have a lot of options yet.
Nevertheless, I believe that post production is a form of art also, and I also believe that a great part of the most popular photos on Panoramio have a touch of post production to enhance contrasts, colors and etc. Like this one for instance.
Post production it's a gift from the digital era for beginners like me, and even photography experts (like yourself) would be dumb not to use its amazing potencial.
Oops! I should have said - I take all mine in colour (RAW format) and convert to b&w in post production. I often use just the red channel but sometimes I go with the others depending on how they look.
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