Saturday, May 8, 2010

Decaying Tulip #2

An entertaining read for monochrome aficionados is George DeWolfe's "B&W Printing: Create the Digital Master Print".  DeWolfe studied with Ansel Adams and his book does a great job of translating the Zone System objectives for silver printing into a digital workflow.  While DeWolfe has a religious bias that all prints should look like they were made by a member of Group F/64, the old school advice is a solid foundation and provides a point of departure for the adventurous.  DeWolfe's book has many excellent before and after examples by guest photographers, with workflows for Photoshop and Lightroom.

This picture is the result of a follow along with the Lightroom workflow.  Of course, a proper member of Group F/64 would not shoot a dying flower in the first place or use a split toner.

Technical: Nikon D700, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, ISO 1600, f/32 @ 1/8s.  RAW file processed in Lightroom 2.7 and Nik Tools.

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