Colorless ex-clematis flower and “L” stories voting reminder

The “L” Stories voting had a momentary swell of activity (three votes) before falling back to dormant status.

I’d like to think it’s because of my promoting efforts, but I think it’s friends of the twins who account for most of the activity (note to self: get some friends of my own . . . but not too many).

If your life feels devoid of meaning and purpose and you want to spice it up, you can find links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge L-Stories” HERE.<<<Link

Not saying reading these stories and voting will improve your life, but stranger things have happened, so I’d say it’s worth a shot.

 . . . for them who don’t know, once I post a set of photos, I’m likely to post variants (see previous posts). In this case, I again decided to go monochromatic. Specifically, on the photos of the clematis seed head.

Wait . . . why two versions of the same photo?

Well, it’s like this . . . I started with Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2, and then I remembered I used to also like ON1’s monochrome options, at least through version 10. After that, they messed with the program in such a way that it screwed up my workflow and I no longer use it (the last version I have is ON1 2018’s release . . . which I never use).

But, as I said, I still have version 10 and all my saved presets.

That’s right, I decided to process the photos both in Silver Efex and ON1 10 B&W module.

Because there are a lot of them, I’m just presenting two separate galleries. I won’t identify which group is for which process. If you, dear readers, have a preference for one group or another, or for one individual photo or another, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments.

Gallery No. 1

Gallery No. 2

You can see the full-size photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.<<<Link

Here’s a gallery with each pair in sequence:

I know some (mighty few) people miss my long posts . . . but, if you are one of the few, there are many posts worth revisiting. THIS POST from 2015, for example. WARNING: only open the link if you have a few hours to spare.

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6 Responses to Colorless ex-clematis flower and “L” stories voting reminder

  1. mvschulze says:

    Group two, but it’s a close choice.


    • disperser says:

      Thank you. It’s a bit of an unfair question because I processed the photos at different times (half of group one, then all of group two, then back to group one) and as I processed them, I honed in on what “look” I liked, as well as tint, brightness, and color temperature.

      A true comparison would also entail similar settings for things that affect perceived sharpness and clarity.

      In the end, the overall effect of the conversion is either going to click or not. Some people like a soft glow, others sharp clarity. Also, “cooler” temperatures didn’t seem to fit these subjects (cool for artificial stuff, warm for organic stuff?) and that also affects reactions to the photos.

      Wait . . . I overdid the response again, didn’t I? Oh well.


  2. AnnMarie says:

    This morning the ones that got my attention are the cooler set of photos . . . the whites are bright and shiny . . . Mal . . . wait, that’s something else. Anyway, in B&W they have more of an ethereal aspect.


  3. All cool photos! The textures and details.
    But, I have to say Gallery #1 captured me in quickly.

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Carolyn. It goes to show how sometimes subtle differences register in personal preferences.

      I like them both, and because I worked on them, I think my preference is half of one and half of the other. Mostly, because I honed in on a certain look.

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