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...or maybe not... there does seem to be a lot of space between them Tongue

Something different today, a foray into mono. The harsh, contrasty, midday light gave some strong shadows, silhouettes and rim illumination.... seemed perfect for black and white.

Taken on the Lea Navigation in North London, near Tottenham Hale.


Iso200, f11, 1/640sec, no tripod this time. Actually took my 70-200 lens for this outing, set at 117mm for this shot.

Dave

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jan 2013 - 12:28 PM
Focal Length:116mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Towpath Twosome
Username:WhiteRose1 WhiteRose1
Uploaded:15 Mar 2013 - 6:36 AM
Tags:Black & white, Canal, House boats, London, River lea
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dven
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15 Mar 2013 - 6:40 AM

Lovely atmosphere ,well suited for mono

dven

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 6:46 AM

Super capture Dave, the people in silhouette are excellent, the shimmering surface of the canal coupled with the puffs of smoke from the narrow boat give contrasting textures, and that swan almost hidden in the foreground all add up to a great shot!

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 6:56 AM

brilliant comp dave wonderful tones and light a cracking mono top shot Wink
andy

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Lillian
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15 Mar 2013 - 7:17 AM

Great image here Dave, and certainly suits the mono.
Lillian

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nonur
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15 Mar 2013 - 7:27 AM

A super mono, Dave! Love this shot.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
15 Mar 2013 - 7:31 AM

This is a really special image Dave !! very well taken GrinGrinGrin

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Badgerfred
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15 Mar 2013 - 7:32 AM

Like it Dave,
Fred.

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ColleenA
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15 Mar 2013 - 7:51 AM

A great image,and great in mono, one of my favourite holidays was barging in England, loved my early morning strolls along the tow paths, well captured

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 7:51 AM

Certainly nice and sharp Dave, the light just seems to fall in the right place as the boats are lit up beautifully, very well seen Dave..John

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fentiger
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15 Mar 2013 - 7:52 AM

A particularly well composed monochrome image, love the beautiful light and the warm tones.

Albert

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CarolG
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15 Mar 2013 - 7:56 AM

An excellent composition, Dave, and it works so well in mono. Carol

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abeeror2
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15 Mar 2013 - 8:00 AM

Wow That is brilliant!

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franken
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15 Mar 2013 - 8:01 AM

Excellent composition Dave. Mono suits the subject well.

Ken

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LynneJoyce
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15 Mar 2013 - 8:17 AM

I'm amazed at how well this works in black & white. Super composition, great light and the silhouetted figures add a lovely human touch.

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DicksPics
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15 Mar 2013 - 8:32 AM

An excellent side lit shot, Dave - and very effective in b/w.
Well composed - as ever - I love the strong lighting on the sides if the boats which contrast so well with the shadows in the bottom right of the image.
The couple probably are together - my wife and I regularly walk canal paths in the West Midlands, usually miles apart because of the camera!!Wink
No camera to be seen here, though!!

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Nikonuser1
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15 Mar 2013 - 8:32 AM

A super mono image, well capturedSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
15 Mar 2013 - 8:48 AM

I think it's great - the clear view of the boats contrasts nicely with the silhouette of the people.

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gary_d
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15 Mar 2013 - 8:49 AM


Quote: Super capture Dave, the people in silhouette are excellent, the shimmering surface of the canal coupled with the puffs of smoke from the narrow boat give contrasting textures, and that swan almost hidden in the foreground all add up to a great shot!

Put really well, its a strong and interesting composition that invites the eye in. - gary

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woolybill1
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:04 AM

I think they were walking apart deliberately to give you a view of the skiff in the distance Tongue
Well-composed, some prominent reflections despite the ripples on the water, and enviable light. An image that few people would automatically associate with London, all the better for being an eye-opener therefore.
Regards
Bill

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 9:10 AM

Great comp and light that works so well. Undoubtedly works as a mono.

Ann

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mrswoolybill
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:11 AM

I looked back to when I could last find a b&w landscape in your portfolio, had to go back to September...
It works perfectly here - strong light and shadows take on a negative/positive feel, it says cold, and also accentuates the diagonal progression of the far bank, the near bank - and the walkers who stand out beautifully in silhouette against the water. You've timed this perfectly for their stride, both have a foot raised, that conveys brisk movement. You even have a touch of rim lighting catching the lady, which distinguishes her from the slightly darker background behind her outline. And those strong horizontal shadows on 'our' bank ground the image.
I cannot imagine this working nearly so well in colour, too many distractions, probably from the barges.
I've been wondering if lightening the swan would help or hinder, I'm not sure. It's kind of lost as it is, it might be a distraction if it was lighter.
Moira

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SlowSong
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:21 AM

Makes me want to get back onto the canals. Superb shot. Smile
Did you pop into the Princess of Wales along Lea Bridge Road for a pint and some chips after?

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danbrann
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:23 AM

A cracker Dave with that rim lighting just lifting it above the ordinary.Now if only that duck was swimming in the opposite dirction and that smoke was blowing horizontally I think you would be on a winner.

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cats_123
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:24 AM

lovely mono work Smile

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digital_boi
15 Mar 2013 - 9:25 AM

fine result here David like it a lot best go to spec savers looks like 17jan and 116mm have caused you a problem TongueTongueWink


Graham

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EMJAYCEE
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:25 AM

I looked - I liked - and after reading Moira's comment I really appreciate it.
Joan.

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 - 9:35 AM

Wonderful B/W...

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WesternRed
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:42 AM

Nice reflections on this river scene.
Well done. Westernred

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Caziwinkles
15 Mar 2013 - 9:43 AM

This works so well in mono - very atmospheric - the more I look the more I spy!!! Tongue

Carol!

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NDODS
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15 Mar 2013 - 9:59 AM

Wonderfully atmospheric and in many ways so very romantic.

Nathan

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achieverswales
15 Mar 2013 - 10:24 AM

Beautiful tones and sidelighting Dave, you can feel the chill in the air.

Regards

Trev.

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rontear
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15 Mar 2013 - 10:34 AM

Strong mono and story telling Dave ( they appear to be going their own ways !
Ron.

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RonnieAG
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15 Mar 2013 - 11:00 AM

The B and W presentation works well here, Dave, there being a high range of contrast which suits the approach IMHO: love the light here catching on the hulls, the ripples and as you say the the rim lighting on the couple.
And as ever, so well composed, the dark triangle on the lower right balancing with the tree mass top left, the main scene diagonally between the two.
Ronnie.

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Irishkate
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15 Mar 2013 - 11:12 AM

Mean and moody at midday!
The barges and smoke on one side are nicely balanced with the silhouettes on the right.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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mex
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15 Mar 2013 - 12:37 PM

Nice mono dave, top comp.
cheers phil.

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TrevBatWCC
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15 Mar 2013 - 12:46 PM

A lovely scene, nice reflections, great composition, wonderful light...just have to give it my UA! Wink
Trev Smile

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capto
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15 Mar 2013 - 1:03 PM

Very strong composition, excellent mono. I love this image from the figures to the smoke against the dark trees and the rippled water. There is so much to like that didn't notice the bland sky. I am very happy to give my UA.Wink

ivor

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15 Mar 2013 - 1:12 PM

I have been looking at this for a good while Dave............ Its superb!
Diane
Correction......... Its a GEMGrin

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GeorgePlatis
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15 Mar 2013 - 2:04 PM

Superb monochrome composition !
George

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Rende
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15 Mar 2013 - 2:05 PM

Brilliant use of the light Dave, and a beautiful composition too. Perfect in mono.
Rende

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AnnChown
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15 Mar 2013 - 2:45 PM

Congratulations on all your awards Dave! Seems you made the right choice in mono - it works really well! I love these canals and this river - very well composed.
Ann

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HuddersfieldHil
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15 Mar 2013 - 3:56 PM

Very atmospheric b/w - I like it a lotSmile

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 - 4:30 PM

A well composed and balanced mono--very nice indeed
Steve

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AnneWorner
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15 Mar 2013 - 5:01 PM

Long shadows and lovely light for midday - I think they've had an argument - he is still angry and has his hands in his pockets. She is ready to reconcile, arms relaxed at sides, maybe ready to reach out - oh my what we can weave in our imaginations when we look at an image. Smile

Anne

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15 Mar 2013 - 5:04 PM

Very atmospheric and delighful b&w shot Dave, georgeous light in the shimmering water,all together, superb image.
ElenaGrin

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15 Mar 2013 - 5:11 PM

Don't think they've noticed that their Seven Year old son has fallen in the Water Dave Smile
Great shot and excellent Mono, a very nice comp' too.

John Smile

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carper123
carper123  280 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 5:40 PM

Dave, awesome work my friend, the lighting, composition and detail is fantastic, perfect in black and white, awards well deserved. A man of many talents.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmileSmile

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 - 6:02 PM

Perhaps they've got a cob on, Dave? Tongue

Either way, great b/w image.

P.

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2013 - 6:24 PM

Looks good, Dave. I need a long lens as well, actually I prefer a flexible one(zoom)...but costs too muchGrin and too heavy for me, not sure that I can pick it up.. the other option is a light 70-300, I just don't know how much I need the 100-300 part, I can't keep changing lens in the street..
Wonderful mono. You may have a play on PS, try Content aware scale tool.. nothing to lose, if it doesn't work, nobody can see it either.Wink

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15 Mar 2013 - 7:26 PM

Wonderful shot Dave, I like it a lot Grin
Jan

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canonfan  4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 - 8:07 PM

Lovely atmospheric image Dave. Works well in mono
Jim

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15 Mar 2013 - 11:53 PM

Terrific Dave - like that very subtle toning
Jason

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16 Mar 2013 - 7:15 AM

Strong contrast and interesting capture. Not only are you a low light expert but an excellent mono here suggests much wider levels of expertise! A

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avacreates
16 Mar 2013 - 8:28 AM

Such a lovely image - gives a relaxing, comfortable feeling - lots to look at
AVA
ps loved your comment

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queengu21
queengu21  4 Israel
16 Mar 2013 - 9:02 AM

A wonderful phot in B&W

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JohnChambersPhotography

Dont feel much love in the air with these love birds Dave as you say a bit to much distance there I feel, good exposer with a strong contrast nice tones and so does work well in mono

John

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ChiliMan
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16 Mar 2013 - 10:01 AM

Definitely works well in BW, Dave. I think they could easily be a couple BUT...to me, it looks like she's walking faster than he is...so maybe not Smile

Andrew

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Jat_Riski
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16 Mar 2013 - 11:07 AM

Excellent mono Dave.

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16 Mar 2013 - 11:30 AM

Strong shadows, superb light and some atmosphere in the b/g Dave. An excellent b/w picture
Effrossini

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Russell_Charles
16 Mar 2013 - 12:12 PM

Has a hint of sepia. You have had an impressive start with mono and I would be tempted to look at your back catalogue and find a few gems ready for conversion. Regards

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16 Mar 2013 - 12:19 PM

You make London look so very beautiful... This is very close to me and I love your image. IB

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Trevhas
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16 Mar 2013 - 12:29 PM

Excellent mono Dave. Great silhoette but the bridge running through the blokes head is too much of a distraction for me and i see that before anything else but that's just me cos it's taken me 5 minutes to scroll down to this comment box and can't see that anyone else has mentioned it.
Trevor.

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WhiteRose1
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16 Mar 2013 - 12:38 PM

Cheers, Trevor, I was aware of it but unfortunately that was where the side light was coming through onto the couple.

Dave

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
16 Mar 2013 - 1:17 PM

Every picture tells a story ! Lots of stories going on in this wintry world being woken up by the sun. I'm wondering about the occupants of the barges as well as the characters walking .
This works so well in mono and the detail in it is amazing.So great to see. GillSmile

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Mototaur
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16 Mar 2013 - 5:26 PM

stunning photograph. has a old fashioned feel about it GrinGrin

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1881
1881  2 India
16 Mar 2013 - 6:33 PM

,well suited for mono.


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16 Mar 2013 - 6:38 PM

Dave, you are correct. This is a perfect mono -- great comp.
-=\Walter

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16 Mar 2013 - 10:21 PM

Great array of barges ,would like to see them in colour.

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samarmishra
17 Mar 2013 - 12:30 PM

Hi Dave, and excellent mono shot, a well composed shot.. Congratulation for the awards worth winning.

Samar..

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17 Mar 2013 - 2:43 PM

Great comp and a great monoWinkGrin
Ryan

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derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2013 - 8:40 PM

What more can I add Dave. A fine quality image, well composed and superbly captured.
Derek

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 6:00 PM

Super Monochrome image Rendition ~ Wink

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 10:47 PM

A magnificent mono Dave, the light and shadows are fabulous as is the composition. I like the inclusion of the canalside walkers and the graceful swan

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 8:58 AM

Don't know how I missed this but there you go. Beautifully sharp with a great lead in line and depth from the ranked barges. You've dealt with the contrast very well and the rim lighting on the sihouettes is exquisite.

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Skeet1Away e2 Member 340 forum postsSkeet1Away vcard Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2013 - 8:45 PM

Dave, perfect choice to do mono here dave.............shot has the full spectrum of nono tones and claity........super job.


Paul.

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2013 - 6:53 PM

Superb mono Dave-loads of atmosphere. Yes been campervan for last 15 yrs. Paul

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