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Thank you for your advice and comments for yesterday's black and white version taken at a slow shutter speed. This is one of my other versions and I would appreciate further advice. Taken with a tripod at a shutter speed of 1/80 sec.

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon 24-104mm f/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:28mm
Aperture:f/16
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:No
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:AV
Metering Mode:Evaluative
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Oil Seed Version 1
Username:Hilmar Hilmar
Uploaded:28 May 2013 - 2:45 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 163 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England70 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2013 - 11:43 PM

I much prefer your b&w version, rape-fields in colour being one of the oldest and tiredest cliches around, right down there with the rusty hinges and wheel spokes Grin and of course the whole point of your doing it was the movement. Technical issues aside ( and yes, there were some ) the idea was a winner. As Ansel Adams said, "There's nothing worse than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept."
Mind you, I thought Willie's sharpness/contrast mod was absolutely superb Smile
Keep up the good work Smile

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Alan

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 8:21 AM

I much prefer this colour version. Not only the colour aspect but the composition here. Works well for me.
I personally look at some BW images and ask why?, is the photographer trying to be different?, where's the improvement in losing the colour?
regards
Ian

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Hilmar
Hilmar  2 Ireland
29 May 2013 - 8:24 AM

Thanks Alan for encouraging comments. I really liked Willie's mod too.

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whatriveristhis e2 Member 163 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England70 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 8:59 AM


Quote: I personally look at some BW images and ask why?, is the photographer trying to be different?, where's the improvement in losing the colour?
regards

So, Ian, we should all try to be the same, eh? Individuality not desirable? Surely you don't really think that?Smile

B&W photography is about form and line and texture, it's about tone as opposed to hue, and about ideas. Very often, from that perspective, colour can be a distraction, or even simply unnecessary. Photographers who work in B&W often do so because they feel that it offers them more creative freedom, and allows them a more personal response to what they see. If that doesn't mean anything for you, then that of course is entirely your business, I just think it's a shame that you seem unable to see it.

Alan

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 9:00 AM

I think a rapeseed field has to be in colour unless you try an IR route. Might be interesting. The main problem is that you see so many of these and you need something to individualise it. A complimentary colour helps, usually red, but that gets done a lot too. How about a Poppy, large in frame with the rapeseed as background.

Here, I think you have a touch of under exposure. Lift the brightness slider a touch.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 4:41 PM

Its a competent image, but lacks the impact of the landscape format of the previous upload. Would have loved to see this in landscape. So I might say this has to be in landscape format!

There is of course no hard and fast rules whether a shot should be mono or colour, portrait or landscape, its all down to personal preferences, and the final authority really is the photographer, and the artistic intent.

Its worthwhile trying IR and other conversions, as Paul says, just to explore possibilities. You may well find something that you prefer, and in the process, you will learn. Thats always a good thing.


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Willie

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