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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:49 pm    Post subject: Silver Efex Pro Reply with quote

My first experiments with this software:







First shot is with Canon Powershot G6 and the other two with Ricoh FF-90
point and shoot 35mm.

Downloads as a plugin to PS. I haven't even begun to see the potential of
this program, the filters are simply amazing.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good isn't it? You have done it justice there too very moody shots, no.3 is awesome - I like the film type filters a lot . Color Efex is very good too


PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your comments, Poolhall, nice to know someone else likes this software.


PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did download too and I didn't reach this success Embarassed so I left it alone for a while. Congrats!


PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I like a lot and have had some decent results with it, mostly with my Fuji E550. This was a quick effort to see how the Tri-X-Pan preset looked on an image from the Telemar 22A . Orange filter applied also, I think it catches the look of Tri-X-pan quite well

Very Happy


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it looks like TriX to me, well done! For S's and G's I tried the software
on an already BW shot using Fomapan 400 in the Viv Ultra Wide and Slim.
This might be sacrilegious, but I do like the effect. First one is the straight
scan plus regular processing and the 2nd is using Silver Efex Pro:





selected "High Structure" filter

Dunno what "High Structure" means just yet, still taking baby steps doing
the "monkey see/monkey like" thing. Laughing

@Attila, I thought you hated B&W, anyway! Wink Smile


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Katastrofo wrote:

Dunno what "High Structure" means just yet, still taking baby steps doing
the "monkey see/monkey like" thing. Laughing


Laughing
I guess it's an artsy word for microcontrast Wink
Sometimes also referred as "texture"

Does this program allow the choice of not adding grain with the film presets?


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orio wrote:
Katastrofo wrote:

Dunno what "High Structure" means just yet, still taking baby steps doing
the "monkey see/monkey like" thing. Laughing


Laughing
I guess it's an artsy word for microcontrast Wink
Sometimes also referred as "texture"

Does this program allow the choice of not adding grain with the film presets?


It probably does, I just need to wade in and see. There are all kinds of filters
plus manually adding styles, etc. I haven't even looked at the tools section.

Thanks, "texture" fits quite well to what it does.


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

#3 for me Bill.
I have it too

Quote:
Does this program allow the choice of not adding grain with the film presets?


Yes it does. There are a lot of filters Orio to play with.


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have it as well along with Color EXEF Pro 2..Have not really tried them out yet though...


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soren, thanks, I think I selected EV-1 for the 3rd one.

Scott, would like to see what the Color Efex does sometime.


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have the whole Nik kit, Bill?


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Himself wrote:
Do you have the whole Nik kit, Bill?


Soren, no, I got a really good deal on this one, though.
I could get the rest of the bundle, but this was the one I really wanted
to use.


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more, taken with Koni Rapid Omega 100 with expired Fuji 400H film.
Lens was the Super Omegon 3.5/90 with Auto Up 1 close-up filter:


EV-1 filter


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a beauty great shot Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like it works pretty darn good Bill. I really like the second shot although they are all good.

The guy in the last shot sure looks familiar. Very nice portrait.


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like those shots. That's why I have downloaded the trial version.


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poolhall, Ron, and Carsten, thanks! I've been having some fun with this
software. My buddy Steve really knows how to make the Nik software sing.
I think he's been using it ever since they opened shop:

http://gallery.me.com/shtarka1/100795/HeTookOurPic-B-W/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/shtarka1/100795/RunLola-/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/shtarka1/100795/JacquiLight-20B-W/web.jpg


PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great shots Bill.

With your shots under the bridge, the main thing I see is that the 2nd looks like it's been sharpened.

I've used this software and it is fairly useful. The colour one is really good and I tend to use that quite a bit.


PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin, thanks, the software must have done the sharpening automatically
with that particular filter preset (the pic is under an overpass, not a bridge).


PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed the Silver Efex Pro 15 days demo for Lightroom and dang it's good! Shocked

Schrmpflz... now I'll have to fork out another 200 $ Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad


PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orio wrote:
I installed the Silver Efex Pro 15 days demo for Lightroom and dang it's good! Shocked

Schrmpflz... now I'll have to fork out another 200 $ Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad


After you've been using it for awhile, it is hard to give it up! Laughing





PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also get addicted to it.
I like black and white pictures (from others mostly) since I am photographing. But I never reached a good quality level in my film days.
With digital some of my shots processed with Photoshop or Rawshooter are good in black and white. But some others didt looked good enough in that black and white (I am not a Photoshop pro user).
But now with Silver Efex Pro I could get tmostly the results I need - and black and white is fun now.

Some examples on my page:
http://4photos.de/galerie/Portr%C3%A4t/slides/Augenblick.html
http://4photos.de/galerie/Architektur/slides/Bei-St-Nikolai-Hamburg.html - I think Rokkor 58 iris closed to ~ 2.8 or more
http://4photos.de/galerie/Architektur/slides/Kirche-St-Nikolai-Hamburg.html -this one with Rokkor 58/1.2 full open
http://4photos.de/galerie/Akt/slides/Stark.html - with Rokkor at 1.2 too


PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've tried Allien Skin, nice plug-in. Has lots of presets, some are very usefull, like cross-processed film.


PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ZoneV, love these shots, some nice edgy work!

Vulko, will have to check out this Alien Skin plugin, thanks.