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This is a second version of my last photo, in black and white. It's my first go at B&W conversion in GIMP and I played with a few other new (to me) bits using curves and unsharp mask. I think it is a better photo in B&W.

Camera:Canon EOS400d
Lens:Canon 50mm f/1.8 mkII
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Dunmore Petrol Pump - B&W
Username:groverjones groverjones
Uploaded:14 Mar 2009 - 9:09 PM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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KenTaylor
KenTaylor e2 Member 92971 forum postsKenTaylor vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2009 - 11:41 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

B&W relies on texture and shapes. Colour is a different way of seeing mostly relying on the sensation colour has. This is a good subject to work on in B&W and if possible a return visit to explore it further. The viewpoint here is descriptive as though you were striving to record it.
As a photograph that explores shapes a full side on viewpoint may have been better with that circle and vertical lines and may eliminate that building in the background. I might ask if you used a tripod ?
Ken

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groverjones
15 Mar 2009 - 8:12 AM

Thanks Ken, it looks good with the vignetting. I didn't use a tripod - in fact I leapt out of the car and took a couple of quick snaps while my 2 year old sat in the back yelling 'Dadda photo!" at me. The toss up was between the building in the background or a fairly ugly, nondescript road, but given a bit more time to circle around I may have got a better angle. Thanks for the tips.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2009 - 8:19 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Interesting and worthwhile. Definately a B&W shot and would be in Ireland. Modification is better - B&W needs depth, contrast and punch - I printed in a wet darkroom for 40 years! There MUSt be pure whites and full blacks - usually.

Paul

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2009 - 7:51 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

There are times when you can't help wanting to move the elements for a photograph, and this is one. Mind you, that's what we have PS for, I suppose. I would like the front of the petrol pump to be in the picture, but with the "wheel" included as well, but with a nice sky behind the two, not the building. I wonder if you got down very low, in front of the wheel, with the petrol pump at an angle behind, would there have been a clean sky background to be seen? Getting close to the wheel and using a small aperture, you'd have had the chance to get the two elements in focus.
As to your black/white conversion, I leave critique to others, but it looks good to me.
Pamela.

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