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27 Jan 15. Today's picture was shot with the idea of it becoming a B&W image, and while most components of the composition came into place as I got things set up, the sky didn't play well with the rest of the group and refused to provide a cloud or two, remaining totally blah. I took the shots anyway thinking I could replace the sky and while I likely could have, it was proving to require more work than I wanted to invest tonight so I elected another approach which was that of displaying it as if it had been shot with a very fast B&W film that displayed a fair amount of grain. For those of you who love B&W, and especially those who liked the old grainy films, this may bring back some fond memories. I made another version of it lacking the grain which has a very different look which I prefer to the grainy film looks, but I know that there is a big school of individuals who like the grainy stuff so I decided to go with that version. What the grain adds in character, it subtracts from fancy. Two schools; two looks.
The background image was adjusted with a gradient layer to insure full tonal range, then run through a B&W plug-in to get the grainy look. The gradient layer combined with a curves layer provided for the simpler black to white look with the white being primarily all of the sky which struck me as somewhat boring. That was it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/500sec @ f / 6.3.