White Night

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Phoenix, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix Ronin-13 Subscribing Member

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    Phoenix
    Melbourne has adopted the Nuit Blanche from France which is an all night festival with the intention of making art and culture accessible to large audiences within public spaces. The festival consisted of public performances, Light shows projected on to buildings, and various art exhibitions.

    Unfortunately the city council failed dismally in facilitating the event, and the result was severe over crowding, un-accessible events, and lining up in a queue for 2 hours for food. It was made worse by the heat and humidity. It was difficult to access events, move vantage points to take photos or to generally enjoy the event. It was really hard to enjoy the festival while marinating in another person's sweat

    I ended up catching up for drinks with a friend who is a chef and restaurant owner in a bar across a table of really drunk transvestites. I didn't feel too well at the end of the night and ended up getting the flu the next day, so all in all I really didn't enjoy this event and I'm not sure if I'll attend the same event next year.

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  2. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Great B&W's! We have something similar around where I live called "white linen nights." It occurs more frequently, but gets crowded too.
     
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  3. pniev

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    I am sorry to hear that. But... at least you've made some great shots for us to enjoy!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Peter
     
  4. Phoenix

    Phoenix Ronin-13 Subscribing Member

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    Thanks :), the idea of the event itself was great, I reckon if it was managed better it would have been a wonderful night.
     
  5. Gary

    Gary FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Nice images, I am particularly impressed with the horse/carriage image.

    Gary
     
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  6. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs FujiXspot Veteran

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    Very nicely done. And fine processing too. I'm thinking of adding a very clean B&W option to my processing - is this just a straight conversion with a bit of contrast added? Or do you have some other secrets here?

    -Ray
     
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  7. Phoenix

    Phoenix Ronin-13 Subscribing Member

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    Thank you. All the images were RAW processed in Lightroom and converted to B+W in in Silver Efex Pro 2 using modified presets (removed the grain and let the high ISO noise to act as grain) I purchased from Streetpresets.
     
  8. melonbread

    melonbread FujiXspot Regular

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    Feb 10, 2013
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    great photos! Love the processing, especially love the second.

    I went to white night too, and I was a little disappointed with the light shows - I felt that a whole lot more buildings could have participated. Instead of enjoying the night I spent most of it getting from my car (which I parked at Melbourne University) to the river. It was a 2 hour walk each way!
     
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  9. Phoenix

    Phoenix Ronin-13 Subscribing Member

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    Thank you.

    Damn!!
     
  10. Armanius

    Armanius FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Any particular reason why covert to BW in LR first before applying preset in Silver Efex? Sorry if my question sounds elementary! I never used anything but LR to process photos (other than a brief foray into PS Elements).
     
  11. Phoenix

    Phoenix Ronin-13 Subscribing Member

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Oops sorry, my bad.

    What I meant was, I process the RAWs in LR then convert and add the preset in Silver Efex :doh:
     
  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs FujiXspot Veteran

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    Yeah, I got it - thanks. So basically using Don's grainy presets minus the grain. Good idea - I'll have to try that as a starting point with some upcoming images. Whenever I get around to shooting again...

    -Ray