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I'm very grateful for the comments made on the coloured version of this yesterday, and I've gone with Bill's suggestion:-

"I might even be tempted to crop the top more severely to remove most of the Vee of sky between the rows of trees. It strengthens the appearance of the shadows by darkening the overall image."

I also like it more now that I have converted it to b/w
Thanks for looking
Helen

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Apr 2013 - 11:32 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:The Avenue of Shadows - 2
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:23 Apr 2013 - 7:53 AM
Tags:Black & white, Coughton Court, Flowers & plants, Landscape / travel, Specialist / abstract
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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8183 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 7:55 AM

Well played around with Helen, this is excellent. Carol

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johnke
johnke  2214 forum posts South Africa14 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 7:57 AM

A super image Helen , mono does the trick ..John

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 7:57 AM

wonderful light and shadows helen love the comp as it is a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 8:02 AM

Stunning and great image and it work so well in B&W,
saeid

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franken
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23 Apr 2013 - 8:09 AM

I also like this version Helen.

Ken

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leontari
leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
23 Apr 2013 - 8:31 AM

I like this composition, with the vertical and horizontal lines. Superb use of light.
Effrossini

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
23 Apr 2013 - 8:42 AM

Looking good in mono too Helen !! Lovely image indeed Smile

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 8:43 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments SmileSmile

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RysiekJan
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23 Apr 2013 - 9:32 AM

Can't decide between this and the colour version, like them both.

Richard

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 9:37 AM

Thanks Richard Smile

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8648 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1177 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 9:43 AM

Yes, this works much better for me - the tighter crop avoids messiness along the upper parts of the trees, and b&w concentrates attention on the lines, vertical and horizontal. Very good. I've just given my UA, otherwise this would have got it.
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 9:56 AM

I'm so pleased you liked my suggestion, Helen (and thank you for the p.m. and the mention Smile)
Comparing the two versions I am surprised by the extent to which this one enhances the presence of the shadows, especially those falling on the path.
It seems odd to see the trees half pollarded; the shapes particularly in the shadows verge on the sinister. Much better treatment (for the trees) I suspect than we see in France where the growth is often cut back quite viciously every autumn....
Regards
Bill

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NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 43894 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom108 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 10:02 AM

The crop and format works so very adding a more balanced composition which for me personally is so much better on the eye.

Regards Nathan

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 10:22 AM

Mono working very well and like the idea of cropping the v of sky out, this would really concentrate the eye on the shadows. Just had another peep at the colour version - I like that too.Smile
Joan.

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lonely_oryx
23 Apr 2013 - 10:45 AM

The mono works well

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Rende
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23 Apr 2013 - 10:45 AM

Excellent composition and format Helen, plus great shadows. Works well in B&W.
Rende

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canonfan
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23 Apr 2013 - 11:01 AM

Wonderfully composed with great shadows. Makes a fine mono image
Jim

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC Plus Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 11:02 AM

I tend to prefer colour, but agree with Bill, and as well a tighter crop, it seems to have more impact in mono Wink
Trev Smile

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Herge88
Herge88 Plus Member 840 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 11:51 AM

Again its the symmetry I like and if anything the mono works better.

Best Matt

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Joline
Joline Plus Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 12:44 PM

This works so much better in mono. I like your crop, but I wouldn't take it down any further. Nice work!

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Chinga
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23 Apr 2013 - 1:46 PM

Magic number 30!
I liked it in colour... I'm loving it in B&W!
A fabulous image! Grin
IB

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CaroleS
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23 Apr 2013 - 1:53 PM

I must admit to being torn between the two, both work!

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23 Apr 2013 - 4:24 PM

Think the mono has just the edge well done again

Bob

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WhiteRose1
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23 Apr 2013 - 4:43 PM

Two of the crops i came up with in my play Smile, 1. taking off the top of both trees and 2. cropping out all the sky... never thought to do it in mono though. A lot better balance to this one.

Dave

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gary_d
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23 Apr 2013 - 6:31 PM

Works equally well in both versions. - gary

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pluckyfilly
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23 Apr 2013 - 7:49 PM

Mono works well here and you have captured some great shadows

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bricurtis
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23 Apr 2013 - 8:29 PM

Prefer this mono too Helen - I like the rows of shadows and it is better cropped.
Brian.

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 8:33 PM

Many thanks everyone for your comments and in particular to Bill for his User Award SmileSmile
Helen

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23 Apr 2013 - 9:17 PM

I like this version a lot more, Helen.

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Irishkate
Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom79 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 10:59 PM

The emphasis is now more clearly on those shadows.
The path between the trees becomes more interesting in mono.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Source
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23 Apr 2013 - 11:13 PM

Superb capture and observation
-source

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 7:11 AM

Thanks Pamela, Kate and Source SmileSmileSmile

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