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      One more B&W landscape from me for this week's contest.

      This photograph was taken on the top of Tunnel Mountain in Banff National Park of Canada.

      Camera: Canon PowerShot G1
      Filters: Hoya R72 & Hoya PL
      Tripod & Remote Control: Yes
      · Date: Wed, October 26, 2005 · Views: 1,770
      · Filesize: 308.7kb, 320.6kb · Dimensions: 780 x 600 �
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      Keywords: Landscape Nature B&W Mountains Banff Canada
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  1.   Wed, October 26, 2005 6:49pm Rating: 10 
    1. melbaby
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      Wow, that is fantastic! Works really well in black and white. I love it all! ...the sky, the left foreground, the gigantic mountain.... What a beautiful place.
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  1.   Wed, October 26, 2005 6:54pm Rating: 9 
    1. Buddy4344

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      Dramatic sky! Great composition and I love the B&W. The trees look almost too sharp. Did you PS them any?

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  1.   Wed, October 26, 2005 8:14pm Rating: 9 

    1. Beautiful!
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  1.   Thu, October 27, 2005 12:51am Rating: 9 
    1. Shaggydoo
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      Another beauty!
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  1.   Thu, October 27, 2005 4:44am Rating: 10 
    1. SMcEvoy
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      Now this is the type of sky that makes B&W rock. Great shot! Love the light & shadows on the rest of the mountain, and I dont' think the trees look sharp at all - just right.

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  1.   Thu, October 27, 2005 9:22am Rating: 10 

    1. wow this is amazing!
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  1.   Thu, October 27, 2005 10:38am Rating: 10 
    1. RTaylor

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      WOW, the light, composition and b/w tones are perfect.
      I need to learn to convert to b/w the right way
      any great tips?

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  1.   Thu, October 27, 2005 10:47am Rating: 10 

    1. This is fab, the light, the contrast the whole thing looks great, I think these mountain scenes really lend themselves to B&W specially when you get a good cloudy sky as you did here. you take the image as b&w on your camera or did you change it to b&w in PS ? Just curious.
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  1.   Thu, October 27, 2005 3:57pm

    1. Hello Melodie, Buddy, Varun, Andrew, Suzan, Eye_C, Ruth, and Heather,

      Thanks very much for your comments.

      Buddy,

      I think that post processing is an inherent part of digital photography. Before posting a photo on the Web, I always go through some workflow that normally does not take too much time and effort. Unless I feel it is worthwhile, I wouldn't spend a significant amount of time. However, it is fun to learn something new and it is interesting to work in a digital darkroom. As a result, to play with PS has actually taken quite a lot of time of mine.

      Ruth,

      There are many ways to convert a colour picture to a B&W one. You might find the following link useful:
      http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Color2BW/#decomposeHSV

      In all those approaches mentioned, I think that the use of the channel mixer filter is the best. This technique gives you a greater level of flexibility. To fine-tune a particular image, you need to experiment with the slider of each individual channel to end up with a result you like most.
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  1.   Thu, October 27, 2005 4:23pm

    1. Heather,

      A short answer to your question is yes, I did change the image to B&W in PS.

      Now I give you a little longer answer for this particular picture. The picture was taken two years ago. I carried two compact cameras (Canon G1 and G3) and a tripod to the top of a mountain. I used my G3 to take normal colour pictures and my G1 to take infrared (IR) shots. Therefore, I have both the normal colour and IR-filtered images of this scene.

      On the day when the picture was taken, there was a lot of haze. As expected, the normal colour picture did not show as much details as the IR shot did. This is because IR radiation has the ability to penetrate certain kinds of haze in the air so the distant objects can be shown as the haze was never there.

      Some digital cameras have a B&W mode. For example, Canon 20D can take very impressive B&W pictures straight out of the box. However, I believe that PS, especially PSCS, can give you a lot more control and flexibility.
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