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This is what you get when you take a sunset image, full of wonderful shades of gold and blue and subject it to the ravages of Silver Efex Pro... Personally I love it, I suspect though that like any number of my images recently its won't do terribly well, I know Mrs C has already said to me "why do you do that?.... Its just plain wrong" guess I won't be getting her vote!!! Wink

Thanks for looking

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Aug 2012 - 8:00 PM
Focal Length:15mm
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:0.5sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Black and White - Love or Hate
Username:marktc marktc
Uploaded:31 Oct 2012 - 7:24 PM
Tags:Black and white, Landscape / travel

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Bonvilston
31 Oct 2012 - 7:55 PM

I like this one. I know there will be people complaining about lack of detail and breaking the rule of thirds, but for me it works. It just goes to show two things -
1. Rules don't always work, and
2. taste is a very personal thing.

I hear a lot about silverefex pro. Must give it a go sometime.

Peter

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2012 - 8:04 PM

Thanks Peter, the light was just crying out to me for a conversion and so I had a go. Thanks so much for your supportive comment.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2012 - 9:29 PM

hmmm "lack of detail?"...well the sky's very pretty, but feel the darks are just a little too dark (for me) Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 6:44 AM

I don't normally favour b&w images either, Mark, but this one, WOW, I love it SmileSmileSmile Carol

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 6:49 AM

love it mark wonderful tones and light belting comp a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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trev0re
trev0re  2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2012 - 8:03 AM

Love it. SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileGrin

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 8:56 AM

If you like it that's fine if other people like it then that's a bonus. I will be honest and say that it will not get my vote.

Albert

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barbarahirst
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1 Nov 2012 - 9:13 AM

A special vote from me Wink

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 9:23 AM

The sky looks great, Mark and positioning the silhouetted church against the lighter patch of sky works well as a composition. But I think the church is too black as well, the backlight doesn't appear strong enough for that depth of silhouette and therefore makes it slightly unnatural. The sky is definitely worth the vote though.

Dave

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marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 9:25 AM

Thanks all, Sorry you don't like it Albert.

Last Modified By marktc at 1 Nov 2012 - 9:26 AM

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AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 10:37 AM

I don't know much about this kind of photography at all Mark, but I think silhouettes don't go down well for some reason. Maybe it is because of the lack of detail. However, it is a moody image and the sky works very well in mono.
Ann

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Irishkate
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1 Nov 2012 - 10:39 AM

In our club there is very strong competition in the mono section.
I love colour (people call me coordinated Kate) but the desire to recapture
the wonderful Black and White images of yesteryear is a challenge for today's digital age.
The Silver Efex Pro seems to help achieve some amazing results.
The sky in this is stunning.
It is difficult to judge when doing a silhouette whether to bring out detail or leave as is.
I expect you know in Photoshop under - Image, Adjustments, the Highlights & Shadows
is excellent for bringing back detail. It has to be used sparingly!
Best of luck to you Mark.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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charlotte
charlotte e2 Member 934 forum postscharlotte vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 12:06 PM

Oooo, nice and moody! For what it's worth Mark, I love it. The sky is superb and full of drama....never be afraid to push those tones Wink

Charlotte

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marktc e2 Member 346 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 2:20 PM

Just a thought....

"A silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is basically featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a lighter background, usually white, or none at all."

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 2:56 PM

Silver efex can be unsed in a number of different ways-- lots of filters that can be altered with sliders, etc-- so one can make their own interpertations -- fascinating to play with--

I do like to see color in a sunset--- but here I will vote for your innovation--- Good to try new!

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widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 9:19 PM

Great image i love B/W and i love silhouettes have seen other examples of silver fx here and it looks like an effective tool Wink

Rod

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8 Nov 2012 - 9:38 AM

I havent used Silver efex but like what I have seen. I completely agree about breaking the rules particularly when the sky is so interesting and dominant. Its brave to convert an obviously glorious sunset into mono and it works for me as I love mono skies! I think that the tower is too dominant still but its a striling solhouette

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