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The Crested Macaques had been put outside whilst the keeper put down their food - they were keeping a very close eye on both him and all the food he was putting down!!

I don't really 'do' black and white, I enjoy seeing colour too much. But as today's 'Photo Month' forum thread is Monochrome, I thought I'd give it a conversion!! Smile (Version 2 is the coloured version).

I'd love to hear your opinion (even if you don't want to vote!). Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Aug 2013 - 1:53 PM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.8
Aperture:f/6.8
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Watching
Username:KarenFB KarenFB
Uploaded:10 Aug 2013 - 7:22 AM
Tags:Apes, Crested Macaques, Pets / captive animals
Votes:23
Has Modifications Modifications Welcome (Upload a Modification)
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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1910 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2013 - 7:41 AM

Well composed image, mono conversion works best for me.
Nigel

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2013 - 8:37 AM

Whilst the colour image is very good Karen, I do feel that this particular image benefits greatly from a monochrome makeover. The depth of detail seems to bring the image alive and in turn adds to the appeal and charm of such an endearing image.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2013 - 8:39 AM

There's a whole story in this one picture, Karen.
It may be one of your best - and that is saying something!

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84356 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2013 - 9:08 AM

Thank you everyone! Smile

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williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2013 - 10:58 AM

a lovely shot i would go for V2..



billy

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2013 - 3:04 PM

B/W for me. Love the babies eyes.......Sandy

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84356 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2013 - 5:05 PM

Thank you - I'm warming to the b&w one! Smile

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2013 - 6:10 PM

I like the b/w as it enhances the eyes. There's not much colour to the original and it doesn't really add anything to the image.
He looks terrified, poor thing.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2013 - 10:48 PM

This is very good. This type of ape is very photogenic.

Dont shoot down the colour yet, - its well worth some tweaking, and the result is really good I think, - take a look at mod1. Then decide if you want to warm or not!

Ive used it as a basis for the mono too, and wondered if it worked flipped the other way. I think the mono loses a lot of the very subtle blacks and blues that are in the faces, and of course the gorgeous brown in the eyes.

I added space at the left to make a little more room.

Let me know what you think.

regards


Willie

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84356 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2013 - 6:25 AM

Thank you everyone!

Willie: Thank you for spending some time manipulating the images.

I like the fact you've added some space in front of them, I had to crop there because of another macaque (I'm not adept enough to add canvas to images and make it look natural) - it does give a better composition. In the b&w version the tones are crisper, but I wonder if perhaps the face of the mum is a little too dark now. As for flipping the image, I understand how it is easier on the eye to look from left to right (as that is the way we read), but for me personally, it looks odd because that is not my memory (I find it quite difficult to rotate butterflies/bugs for the same reason). I am sure for others with no prejudice it is an improvement.

Looking at both of your 'Mods', I much prefer the coloured one.................Thank you again for spending time on them! Smile

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ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2013 - 2:58 PM


Quote: Whilst the colour image is very good Karen, I do feel that this particular image benefits greatly from a monochrome makeover. The depth of detail seems to bring the image alive and in turn adds to the appeal and charm of such an endearing image.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Love the mono version...well done

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84356 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2013 - 5:18 PM

Thank you! Smile

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2013 - 8:23 PM

The mono works rather well and that version stands out the most to me

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84356 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2013 - 6:55 AM

Thanks Ed! Smile

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sathyababu
23 Aug 2013 - 3:55 AM

Great shot Karen.... Love care affection ....3 in 1.... Grin

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84356 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2013 - 6:54 AM

Thank you! Smile

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