The Real Silver Effex Thread and Gallery is now online.

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Streetshooter, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Please post your Silver Effex images on this thread and the new gallery. It would be nice to explain your PP so others may learn and enjoy the process.

    I have started a new gallery for this thread.
    The Real Silver Effex Gallery - SeriousCompacts.com Gallery

    Please post images up there.
    Thanks, shooter
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Great idea Don, let's share the wealth of knowledge and experience along with the photographic images.:2thumbs:

    Now for those of us who have Silver Efex 2 - if we think of it, it is possible to copy and save one's history of edits. I did it the other day...but I haven't figured out a real system for this sort of thing. Often, but not always, I use keyword to remind myself of what I did. Most of the time I start off with my DNG file and add a touch of clarity...but not always, then go into Color Efex before I hit Silver Efex. I will try to put up some examples for which I remember more details.
     
  3. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Every single B&W conversion I have done since Fall 2010 has been with Silver Efex. It is a fantastic piece of software.

    These are my latest conversions:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramirezaponte/5585787246/" title="Summer by ramirezaponte, on Flickr"> 5585787246_980cb15385_o. "1024" height="683" alt="Summer"></a>


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramirezaponte/5585787072/" title="Spring by ramirezaponte, on Flickr"> 5585787072_e795a45c00_o. "1024" height="683" alt="Spring"></a>


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramirezaponte/5585786758/" title="Winter and Summer by ramirezaponte, on Flickr"> 5585786758_05255aa09e_o. "1024" height="683" alt="Winter and Summer"></a>


    The clutches and fans were hand painted by my wife. She asked if I would take some photographs that she could use for documentation and promotional purposes. The photos were taken in a stairwell at the premises of the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, using my Canon EOS 50D (sorry, not compact) and 17-40mm 4.0L lens. The photographs were processed as follows:

    1. RAW files were converted with Adobe Camera Raw and opened in Photoshop CS5.

    2. A curves adjustment layer was applied to add some contrast.

    3. Silver Efex was opened as an Adjustment Layer. I used the High Structure preset and sepia toning. On some of the shots adjustment points were used to lighten shadows or tame highlights.

    4. A mask was painted on the Silver Efex layer to allow for the selective color of the clutches and fans.

    5. Finally, the file was sharpened using Unsharp Mask.

    My wife was very pleased with the results.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  4. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    This is a great idea! Unfortunately Siver Effex is pretty expensive in the UK (isn't everything!)
     
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  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Antonio,
    Thanks for posting your images and workflow.
    The images pop and it's easy to see why the Mrs. is happy. They look great. Very good marketing idea with the way you processed.
     
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  6. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    I'm with your wife - and Don - really smart idea to show off the colors and artistry of your wife's creations. I'm sure that the location of the shots will be a big plus too and hope that it's mentioned in her advertisements, etc. Maybe the museum will even carry them in their gift store!

    Your workflow is beyond my capabilities - no Photoshop, as you know, for me, however I really do appreciate reading the details. It helps me to understand the effort that goes into images like these.
     
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  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I just started using SE Pro, and so far I like it. Here's a recent shot of my son processed using the 'Fine Art High Key Framed' preset:

    5638833770_d494dc144c_b.

    Original image for comparison:

    5644819768_46f4b22421_b.
     
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  8. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    That's a nice gentle conversion Amin.
    I like the way the tones and contrast are in the B&W.
    Welcome to the SEP club.

    There are free webinars that are very interesting.
     
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  9. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    I like it Amin.
     
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  10. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    You already know how much I liked it when I spied it on Flickr. Once you've tasted of SEP2, it's pretty difficult to ever go back... Well, it was for me.:wink:
     
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  11. simonclivehughes

    simonclivehughes SC Regular

    32
    Jul 17, 2010
    Here are a few from this weekend from our trip over to visit family on Vancouver Island.

    Yellow Peppers
    _5200631.

    Marzipan
    _5200636.

    Dandelion Head
    _5210737.

    Shot handheld with an E-PL1 with CV 75mm f2.5 lens (plus Raynox M250 on the last shot). RAW files processed in SEP using custom presets.

    (I tend to find a preset that's close and then rework it to give me what I'm looking for, and then save that for further use. This often involves choosing a specific film type and adding a vignette. I also do quite a bit of localized dodge & burn with Control Points, although not for these particular images.)

    Cheers,
     
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  12. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
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  13. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    That's very cool Bill! Is that something like an IR effect?
     
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  14. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Thanks - but just noticed I used "Colour Efex Pro" - mainly "Solarization"
     
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  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Simon, Bill....
    Just great looking...a visual treat!
     
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  16. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Simon,

    These are all fantastic!

    Bill,

    Yours is begging to be printed really large. Fantastic job!

    Regards,

    Antonio
     
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  17. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Agreed, I really like them all!
     
  18. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I was a bit skeptical about plugin software...until I tried the Nik stuff for the first time. Trouble is I have a bad habit of forgetting exactly what filter I used for a particular image, and it is confused further by the way you can take an image through multiple filters in Silver Efex and Color Efex.

    I think this one was using one of the dynamic filters, and was a conversion of an old Canon 350D jpeg.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5686809188/" title="IMG_2009-PPR Canon EOS 350D Swayambunath Kathmandu Nepal - Travel by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5686809188_3cd887becb_b. "1024" height="683" alt="IMG_2009-PPR Swayambunath Kathmandu Nepal - Travel"></a>


    IMG_2009-ORIG. "640" height="426" border="0" alt="Photobucket">

    One thing to note with the high contrast Silver Efex filters that draw out detail is that they are EXTREMELY unforgiving of sensor dust. This shot was taken back in late 2008, which was long before I had any of the LensPen products for cleaning lens and sensors, and was shot at f/13 on a 20mm lens which is recipe for dust bunnies if ever there was one. The dust spots don't show up too badly on the original at this scale, and don't even come close to showing the ones that were drawn out by applying the filter. This was a major spot heal and clone stamp exercise.

    P.S. Don, you've given one too many f's in the thread title.
     
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  19. LisaO

    LisaO SC Regular

    123
    Jul 11, 2010
    Amin, the portrait of your son in B&W is striking. Simply lovely.
     
  20. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/otra/5764770867/" title="5-11-371-Edit-Edit-Edit-2.jpg by BBW: BB Wylie Walden, on Flickr"> 5764770867_c7954c8468_b. "1024" height="680" alt="5-11-371-Edit-Edit-Edit-2.jpg"></a>

    My first try with Silver Efex Pro 2's selective color control points.
     
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