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Took several photos by the park on the way home from school today and decided to try something different

Have never uploaded B/W before.

Not sure if this image lends itself to b/w. Is there enough contrast in it? Best viewed large

Would really appreciate some feedback
Thanks for looking and for those who have it..............enjoy your half term holiday

Helen

Camera:Traveler DC-5300
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:By the park
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:19 Oct 2007 - 6:29 PM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel, October 07, Park, Shadow, Trees
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exclusive
exclusive  9579 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Oct 2007 - 6:38 PM

nice enough photo. i think that thhere is a lot of the photo which is blown out. hightlights.

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ChristineL
19 Oct 2007 - 6:39 PM

a really nice B&W Helen, I like the textures in the trees and the diagonal from the fence. It's a very appealing image,
Chris.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 6:55 PM

I like the grainy high contrast to this really adds to the shot and well framed
Richard

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andrewrit
andrewrit  7 Northern Ireland
19 Oct 2007 - 7:03 PM

Beautiful image great detail well presented
Andy

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foggytwo
foggytwo  1136 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 7:11 PM

Like the grainy effect in this one Helen,it works very well.The strong sunlight has blown the sky a wee bit but its still a good one.
Pete.

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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 7:19 PM

You have recorded some great tones.
Congratulations.

Robert

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rictac2
rictac2  9150 forum posts England
19 Oct 2007 - 7:19 PM

I like the treatment, emphasises the leaves and textures. As others have mentioned you are getting light wrap on some of the leaves from the bright sky.
I feel the title and especially the font distract my attention from the image, but clicking for the image Smile
^click
Richard

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom967 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 7:25 PM

Really nice composition, with the fence, line of trees and the horizontal shadows. Good conversion, too.
Moira

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dven
dven e2 Member 9dven vcard United Kingdom
19 Oct 2007 - 8:06 PM

A nice enough image .but you have lost it in the sky, this would be better as an autumn colour shot.

dven

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 8:12 PM

I agree with comments about the sky. It was taken in very bright sunlight. In the coloured version the eye is distracted by the colours on the leaves, but it is so much more obvious here. I tried a crop from the left which left the foreground tree central which was not really what I wanted
Thanks Richard for your comment about the title and font. Again I have not really explored that in the past. Its good to know when its a distraction.
Helen

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 8:25 PM

I agree with dven you have picked the wrong one for your first B & W.

Albert

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 8:35 PM

Have decided to add the photo I started with.
Maybe I should have seen at the outset that the sky was not going to work well, but its been a good learning experience
Helen

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
19 Oct 2007 - 9:03 PM

Lovely shot. like the grainy effect.
Nicky

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dianah
dianah  724471 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 9:03 PM

I love the mono version Helen..I agree about the sky but I still like the effect you have achieved. I am a grandma already but still lie out on the grass taking photos in the damp..isn't it strange how we all seem to feel the same as we did when we were 16! I notice the difference when I have to get up off the grass though! Congratulations on your coming grandchild..it is all so exciting.
Di

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riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 9:07 PM

thanks so much for dipping into my PF, and one of my favourit images has at last hit an RC (never thought it would get there!)

I'm not bothered about the sky in this being white as, the hi contrast style of the image, which is already full to brimming with detail, could hardly have taken any more info, this is a good strong graphic image as is, and I wouldn't change a bit of it.

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proz  9205 forum posts United States
19 Oct 2007 - 9:22 PM

I think your mono conversion saved the day for you. Well done

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Possum  7148 forum posts England
19 Oct 2007 - 9:29 PM

I've lost a lot of shots recently due to strong sunlight, but I think this one fares well despite that because the mono works so well and gives it a high key feel.
Allie

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Nettles  7 England
19 Oct 2007 - 9:31 PM

Super composition and a nice conversion, particularly like the grainy effect.
Annette

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richard0  7 Wales
19 Oct 2007 - 9:34 PM

Love what you are producing at the moment.
Richard

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 9:48 PM

I prefer this one Helen

Bernie

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 10:03 PM

I like the right half of the image. The blown out sky detracts from the left, but over all a decent conversion. There is drama in those tones.

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2007 - 10:25 PM

Looks like an old postcard; well done.
Rende

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Hop-A-Long
19 Oct 2007 - 11:27 PM

Great image. Love the conversion to mono.
Andy

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SpeedAltStar
20 Oct 2007 - 1:49 AM

Lovely image

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2007 - 6:22 AM

Agree with Possum.It has more a high key look to it here.It would be more prominent(as a high key image) had you made the border black and the background white.A switch round to what you have here.As for a mono image.It is a bit grainy,but in the trees,you have a pure white tone and a pure black tone.There are various tones of grey in between.In my book,that makes for a good mono image.So,once again Helen,Nice One.
Mick.

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ann_g  10 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2007 - 8:18 AM

A most beautiful effect

Ann Smile

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bayleaf
bayleaf  6 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2007 - 11:05 AM

Terrific. Lovely effect.

John.

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Mikelane  7 Wales
20 Oct 2007 - 1:13 PM

Great capture .Works well in mono .Well capt
.Mike

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waytez
waytez  6 England
20 Oct 2007 - 4:13 PM

Hi Helen, I had my first venture into B/W today too. This one is really nice, has a great feel. Nice one. Wayne

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2007 - 6:21 PM

Good choice for a mono, Helen Smile

The whites in the sky look too burnt out, though.

Andrew

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imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2007 - 7:02 PM

really good work , looks good in b/w
ian

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ChristineD
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20 Oct 2007 - 7:27 PM

Love it , works very well in B/W.
Christine

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chrissd
chrissd  8304 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Oct 2007 - 6:04 AM

this is so lovely SmileSmile
chris

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alwolf
alwolf  7341 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2007 - 9:14 AM

Great Black & White image

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rangerpaul
21 Oct 2007 - 9:14 AM

Definitely looks better in B&W, almost looks like an infra-red conversion.
Nice work
Paul

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Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2007 - 1:10 AM

I like this version much better than the colour. I too have had trouble with washed out sky in some pictures, including the windmill that you commented on most recently. To get some life in the sky I had to play with brightness and contrast, and still ended up with the dark areas being darker than I wanted.
Roger

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