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I was looking to ceate a leading line that would catch the eye and fade away in the distance. I converted to B&W get beter contrst.

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Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Track into the future
Username:Maasie Maasie
Uploaded:5 Aug 2012 - 1:48 PM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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Jestertheclown

Hi Maasie,

I'd say you've got your wish then!

Although it could be said that it's 'just' a shot of a railway line, it did catch my eye and it's held my attention.
That the little bit of damage to the top of the rail further draws your eye inwards.
You say that you've converted it to mono to improve the contrast and I think that mono suits it. I'd be inclined to go a stage further and make it properly black and white, or apply a dou-tone.
There are plenty of possibilities here.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41199 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2012 - 1:31 AM

It's a competent attempt at a perspective shot. Simply changing to black and white will not increase the contrast, but it will enable you to change the tonal relationships between colours by the use of coloured filters in channel mixer or selective curve adjustments. You can up the contrast in colour.

What black and white has also done, is to simplify the composition by removing unnecessary information and making the image more graphic in nature.

I would be inclined to crop about a third to a half of the sky off, and try it flipped horizontally to improve the impact of the image.

Nick

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