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Went out looking for shots that would look well in b & w this is my first processed image of the day. Comments on strength of composition and level of contrast appreciated

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:EF50mm f/1.8 II
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 May 2012 - 5:05 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Rural scene
Username:NickDent NickDent
Uploaded:13 May 2012 - 10:02 PM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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puertouk
puertouk  21073 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2012 - 11:14 PM

I thought your sky was a little washed out with not much definition. I could not get your image in in Photoshop camera raw, but I adjusted the sky by painting the sky black and reducing the opacity, and went into the layers panel - blend mode - overlay - opacity 78%. Cropped the image to put your tree into the left hand side of the image. I think you will agree, the sky is much more defined and the picture is more balanced after the crop. Hope you like it.
Stephen

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Lynamick
Lynamick  12 United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 8:54 AM

Hi,
Stephen has certainly turned your image round.
There is so much more to black and white images than most people realise, I would suggest that you go to a library and read up about Ansel Adams, in my opinion he is the greatest black and white photographer. His zone system although at first seems to have no bearing on digital photography, will teach anyone a lot about contrast.
I hope this has been of some help to you.
Michael

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 9:43 AM

Hi Nick, I feel that there could be a little more range in the tones in this image and the composition could be tweaked to align elements with the rule of thirds.

In my mod I have increased the light in shadows/highlights to lighten the foreground and then applied a gradient fill, dark grey to white, from the top of the image to the bottom to darken the sky. For the composition I have added a small amount of canvas to the bottom of the image, this moves the horizon closer to a thirds line and moves the hedge away from the bottom of the frame. Also removed some of the right hand canvas to align the trees with a thirds line and to remove some of the RHS field.

Hope this helps

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NickDent
NickDent  3 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 - 9:36 PM

Thanks guys for your comments and mods they were very helpful, I particularly like what you've done with the sky Stephen. Will have to experiment more in photoshop.
Nick

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AndyD999
AndyD999  243 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 11:38 PM

I can see what you were trying to do here but the image is too flat and needs more tone and depth. Given that there is symmetry in the fields with the walls the trees to me don't seem to be placed correctly in the image. But i really like the concept of what you were trying to achieve

Andy

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