Black and White Creations

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Letters | 7 Comments

Over the weekend I had some extra time and after I went through black and white tutorials from Jean Michel Berts, I was inspired by his approach. So I have selected one from my earlier images and decided to try, my way and his way to edit the image. Here you can see both edits. I am not going to tell you which is which. If you feel like you can let me know which one you like more and which you think is approach base don tutorial from Jean Michel Berts.

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7 Comments

  1. JPH
    Mon, 8. July , 2013

    It’s a tough call… I like them both, with leanings towards the second one being the one I like a hair better. As, some tones are more crisp and make the different elements of the scene stand out more… though, with that said, a little bit too much on the overcooked/processed side of it all too, which also leads to it being a detraction also… maybe a happy medium between the two?

    Looking at it more, I think it’s the facade of the building, it’s being dodged too much that makes it stand out too much as a detraction from the rest of the scene… that being the part of going for a happy medium between the two, to make it more realistic, and stand along with the rest of the scene, with it’s nice and crisp look, and it’s beautiful tones.

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    • richo
      Wed, 10. July , 2013

      Jeff, reading and rereading your comment, I am feeling like you can not really decide. No problem, the difference is rather subtle so I understand.

      I believe it is also difficult to see the whole picture if you have only one image and you do not know how does it fit to some bigger story. I am always in favour of creating whole project containing more images. Then, I guess, it could be seen differently if the image with more punch is better or the other.

      Thank you for your view.

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  2. iurie
    Tue, 9. July , 2013

    Hi Richard,
    By me, higher contrast is nicer and deeper…

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    • richo
      Wed, 10. July , 2013

      Thank you Iurie. You do not think that is too much then?

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  3. Jean Michel Berts approach » Richard Vanek Photography
    Sat, 6. September , 2014

    […] Berts b&w tutorial and wondered if I can do better. Better then I did in my last attempt in Black and White Creations. Mainly because I was in Paris and seen its magic. Once you look at Jean Michel Berts images you […]

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  4. Patrick
    Wed, 23. September , 2015

    Both are fine. I like the second more just because I feel I can see more details. For example the shadows of the tree.
    The problem with the second one is the house has too much contrast, which is more dramatic but at the same time, far from reality.
    Maybe comparing over a night photo can helps us more.
    Thanks Richard!

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    • Richard Vanek
      Wed, 23. September , 2015

      Patrick, nice that you took a look. This has been so long time ago, I was just playing with that technique. Maybe this was not even best image for that.

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