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I don't quite know whether I like this or not - I always seem to feel this way when I try mono.

These are the stepping stones across the Roxby Beck at Staithes.

I would welcome comments (of any sort) to help me understand the use of B&W.

Many thanks,
Mike

Camera:EOS 400D
Lens:efs 17-85mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Stepping stones
Username:oldgreyheron oldgreyheron
Uploaded:24 Sep 2009 - 7:54 PM
Tags:Black & white
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7433 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1018 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2009 - 8:36 PM

Interesting, it took me a moment or two to work out the scale - looks like a row of coffins!
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2009 - 9:04 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I can't see any indication in this image to suggest that you don't understand black & white, Mike! But I'll throw in my two penn'orth nevertheless:
Perhaps one might consider a colour-desaturated, i.e. Greyscale, image to be an image shorn of its superficial emotional clothing, allowing the eye to concentrate on composition, form, line and texture. It's another way of saying "beauty is only skin deep", I suppose, except that composition, form, line and texture supply "inner beauty", character rather than appearence.
I have read (I am no scientist!) that only the centre of the human eye's vision can recognise colour, which the brain interpolates by reference to memory and experience. The icing on the cake.
So many figures of speech Smile

Just a quick reference to this image ticks all the boxes - composition/form/line (two diagonals, repeated shapes and shadows that between them supply proportion, dimension and depth; the stepping stones and the edge of the beck divide the frame into triangles, a pleasing element), while the textures of concrete, stone, sand and grass add interest. You could reintroduce emotional content by adjusting the depth of the shadows or remove it entirely by discarding contrast - that is where black & white becomes 'flat' and uninteresting: but then, the same applies to 'flat' colour!

I hope that helps somewhat. N.B.: I have no visual training whatever...

Regards
Bill

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2009 - 12:36 AM

Tones are excellent-- expect this would mean more to me had I ever seen any place like it-- stones over a streamlet?

They do look a bit like coffins-- but all the lines lead to somewhere-- suggesting the other side----

Jennnnnn

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2009 - 12:33 PM

I do love the composition, and I think that mono suits the sparse appearance of this image. Since I often think that less is more, I would also try a crop that is just above the stepping stones. I will try to do a mod.

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2009 - 5:00 PM

Some great help here - thank you!

Bill your essay and analysis are full of insight and imagination, and the feedback very helpful.

Jenn: the streamlet often has significantly more water flowing - I'm sure that at times the stepping stones would be submerged / impassable!

Joline: I see exactly what you mean by "less is more" - thanks for the successful modification.

Many thanks again, Mike

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