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This was taken a few years ago and was used as the cover photo for an annual report publication for the homeless hostel where I used to work.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus E-500
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Apr 2008 - 11:27 AM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Did not fire
Title:Down and out
Username:andyf3050 andyf3050
Uploaded:30 Aug 2013 - 6:43 AM
Tags:Black & white, Black white
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2013 - 8:14 AM

Someone gazing at the distant sea horizon always conveys a mix of aspiration and impossibility. I can see why this was used.
Photographically, I'd like to see the sky and sea a little lighter and brighter, as a contrast to the silhouetted figure and the groynes. Not a lot, I wouldn't want to spoil the atmosphere, but as this stands it's too flat for my eye. The image also needs straightening, the horizon tilts slightly downwards so a rotation anti-clockwise, or skewing the top right corner up a bit, is required. (The latter avoids loss of canvas size so is preferable for small adjustments). If your software includes a grid that you can lay over an image, it's always worth checking!
I'll try a quick Mod. What you can do will depend on your software, but it's worth remembering that a perfectly balanced colour image will not necessarily convert automatically into a perfectly balanced b&w. It's always important to check the light after conversion.
Welcome to the site by the way, it's always good to see a new b&w member!
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 30 Aug 2013 - 8:18 AM

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andyf3050
andyf3050  1 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2013 - 8:47 AM

Thanks for the welcome Moira and thanks for the feedback... very much appreciated!

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