Streetlight and Cobweb

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streetlight with cobweb cropped by @fraenk

old streetlight and cobweb

a vintage light on top of a bridge

 

Crossing a train-bridge on the outskirts of the city I came across this grimey lamp, covered in cobweb, hanging above the walkway.

The image you saw above is just the upper part of the full image. Knowing how some steem-frontends treat thumbnails, I really didn't want to have a center-cropped preview representing this post. What I actually wanted to show you is the the full frame as seen below:

 

streetlight with cobweb by @fraenk

 

I always find it difficult to process my images as black and white. I'm never really happy with the results, I struggle with dialling in the right level of contrast and curves and it's basically just trial and error for me.

I didn't have much of a choice with this motive, though. The blue sky contrasting with a variety of reddish and green hues found in the rust and faded paint on those steel beams was taking all the attention away from the grimy texture and the cobwebs I actually wanted to capture

What do you think, did I get it right?

Let me know in the comments!

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This feels a bit odd...
No bunnies, kitties and no googly eyes..
:)

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hahaha... well, it doesn't say @fraenk on the label either... so I think it's ok :P

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Awesome stuff :)
Pro tip for black and white :-)
Colour balance, temperature affects the black and white values too.
If your using Raw photos and lightroom or DC raw there's a set of calibration sliders that can also help with black and white and general skin tone management.
Especially the Blue primary saturation.

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yeah... the B/W above is processed from RAW and not just de-saturated but taken through a channel-mixing process. I'm quite comfortable with that to chose the color ranges for brightness that I need...

I think it's more an aesthetic struggle than a technical one, I find it incredibly hard to make up my mind as to where the final "range" of brightness and contrast should be. I either see it as blown out and burnt or just a grey mush... if that makes any sense.

since we're talking about pro-tips: I often process B/W by taking each colour channel individually and layering them with "multiply" and/or "screen" processing. With some feathered masking it gives you wonderful control over highlights, grain and contrast... (also works great with color images btw)

But still, I often find myself playing with it for ages, never feeling fully satisfied with it, eventually just giving up and letting the files rot away on my backup drives.

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Nice tips something I do with my digital at times. Yeah tweak syndrome is a thing I'm affected by too, black and white is strange as images that work with colour don't always translate to black and white well even with tweaks.

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