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Sometimes things are just black and white (Tried something different today)

Discussion in 'Mono Images Forum' started by Kevin Fox, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. Kevin Fox

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    Interesting set. What tools are you using for your conversions? (if you are not shooting film).

    On the last I just noticed the trunk nearest is out of focus which I think detracts from the intersections of the different branch lines.

    #5 is quite bleak without leaves. I like the play of lines but not sure on the central horizon placement. I think you could go either up or down and have a equally dynamic image.

    I like the idea of #4 but symmetry is slightly off...perhaps not by choice. I like the initial calmness of the water in the foreground blending to ripples as you move further away

    #2 and 3 I like the selective lighting

    It took me a few views but I like the pattern expressed in the bird's wings.
     
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    Thanks. I did these all in lightroom only. I really jacked up the contract and whites and dropped the blacks.
    I saw this contrasty scenes yesterday around the same time but had the wrong lens. In the last, I wanted to highlight that lighter tree somehow. That's as clear a shoot as I could get. It would have been nicer without the nearest trunk.
    I also was undecided where to put the horizons in the shots. I really didn't want to loose the reflections.
    The cormorant was being backlit by the suns reflection on the water. It looked horrible in color so I tried a contrasy b&w.
     
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    Good stuff. #2 Stands out by a mile, though the cormorant is pretty good too. The symmetry in #4 could be sorted out with a small dose of the skew tool, and I like that too (but would probably lose the trees, if it were mine). I like them
     
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    Thanks. On 4, there is a slight curve to the harbor. I've tried to get it symmetric many times and thought I got it this time in camera. I'll have a play with it when I get home.
     
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    #2 for me as well.
     
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    When you do, crop out the sky and shoreline. They detract from focus of the image. It will turn a good image into a great one.
     
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    I love the second image, I just wish the tree trunks in the water weren't there.
     
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    Number 4 for me, I love the man-made symmetry against the background of nature. Another for the cormorant as my second pick.
     
  10. Roger S

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    @fmw Why not drop over to the WHO ARE YOU section and introduce yourself to the gang? You've made 10 posts in the forum so far, and we don't even know who you are, or what your background might be. I'm sure the rest of the regulars are as curious as I am.
     
  11. fmw

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    OK. Reasonable request.
     
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    I like the Comrant the best.
     

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