Pedernales Falls Duotone

Sometimes I miss the old days of shooting Kodak’s Pan-X, Plus-X and my favorite, Tri-X. In many ways, photography was much simpler back then but in others, much more complicated. Shooting successfully in B&W meant paying close attention to composition and exposure and this really sharpened your eye as a young photographer.

Before I get all nostalgic, it’s important to remember how many rolls of Tri-X turned to mush during “push processing” and how many sheets of 8″ x 10″ paper I wasted before I learned to dodge and burn using the enlarger. Don’t get me wrong. It was a great way to learn your craft but boy, was it expensive compared to working in “digital” today.

Take this shot for example. Sepia toning in the 70’s took great skill, patience and a bit of luck. Today, converting a “fair” looking shot to B&W to add some drama and then creating a duotone takes all of 30 seconds in Adobe Lightroom. It’s great fun to experiment in Lightroom knowing that all edits are non-destructive and that you have infinite undo steps if you want to back-up and start over. And the cost of this experimentation is ZERO, NADA, Nothing. It’s free!

Pedernales Falls Duotone

Pedernales Falls Duotone – Johnson City, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 19mm, f/16 for 1/6th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer and 3-Stop Graduated Neutral Density filter. All post capture processing (including the duotone conversion) was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

5 thoughts on “Pedernales Falls Duotone

  1. The worst part of sepia tinting, the manual way, was when the manufacturer would vary the chemicals and the tints would be different – even from batch to batch. Try telling Pro W&P photographers that, no, we couldn’t exactly match the sepia tone on the prints that they had done 2 years ago. Ugh – glad those days are over!

  2. ohhh!

    Impressive, Jeff.
    Every one of your pictures make me want to buy some filters and learn how to use them; you have really learned how to make the most of your equipment and produce spectacular results…


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