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Archaeology

By whatriveristhis
Photographed this remnant of a drystone wall in the wilds of Wharfedale many years ago, using Fuji Velvia 120 in a Mamiya 645S.
Some years ago I digitized it by photographing the transparency on a lightbox using a Panasonic GH3, then a few weeks ago tried this mono conversion.
I include the colour original as a 'version.'

Big Thanks for their awards last time go out to Sandy, Ollie, Moira, Bill, Malc, Leo, Janet, Peter, Tracey, Joline, Ron , Alan, John, Lory, and David.
Thanks also to everyone else who dropped by.

Tags: Black and white Yorkshire dales Wharfedale

Voters: mrswoolybill, Ahem, Steve-T and 42 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2020 6:18PM
Lichen, moss, flowers, grass - just subtly present but important. They add life to the crustiness of ages. A good exercise.
15 Jun 2020 6:44PM
i am happy with the colour 'version'
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2020 7:17PM
In this instance colour for me please M.
Peter
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
15 Jun 2020 7:44PM
I find the color version more meaningful-- the plant life that has settled in the crevices makes the old rock construction see a part of its environment!
15 Jun 2020 8:14PM
Like both versions but the flowers in the colour do work so well. Looks a bit like my teeth at the moment !
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
15 Jun 2020 8:19PM
The mono reminds me of sea rock covered in barnacles. With seaweed here and there. The colour is real and quite beautiful. So...It depends on whether one likes to imagine or one likes to see. I think you know my choice.
jacomes Plus
5 26 32 Portugal
15 Jun 2020 8:39PM
The colour version has more immediate appeal with the purple flowers contrasting with the greys and green/brown of the stone and grass.
The b&w image reminds me of a giant reptile fossil!, But the heavy shading around the subject doesn't really work for me.
Voted anyway.
James
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.6k 158 England
15 Jun 2020 8:46PM
An ancient backbone in mono.....”here be dragons”....
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2020 9:43PM
Beautiful images and content ...
Good work, Isabel GrinGrin
jacomes Plus
5 26 32 Portugal
15 Jun 2020 10:10PM
Weirdly,i can see an animal's face top centre in the thumbnail, which disappears on larger view!
James
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
15 Jun 2020 11:05PM
The colored version for me. There is such variety and depth that is missing in the mono. The mono looks like a dinosaur spine, lifeless. The color comes to life with the growth that has enveloped the stones and incorporated them into their world.
My award for the color version.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
16 Jun 2020 6:03AM
fine mono
woolybill1 Plus
14 35 76 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2020 7:43AM
Very graphic, the version.
But more graphic still in monochrome, with mood thrown in for good measure.
Regards
Bill
saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 69 Norway
16 Jun 2020 8:07AM
The colour version explains what I am looking at in the lead image. Without it as a visual explanation, thoughts of an abstract take on old teeth or more likely the backbone of some long-dead creature.
The colour is a 'very nice' record of the wall, but the artistry is in the b&w conversion. It asks questions the colour doesn't ask.
16 Jun 2020 8:19AM

Quote:The colour version explains what I am looking at in the lead image. Without it as a visual explanation, thoughts of an abstract take on old teeth or more likely the backbone of some long-dead creature.

Exactly what I was trying to get across.
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2020 9:07AM
Excellent Alan, I think for me the colour just takes it thoughSmileSmile

Cliff
clicknimagine Plus
11 745 104 India
16 Jun 2020 11:15AM
The mono is much better, it transformed the ordinary subject into something interesting abstract, it looks like the bone structure of an unknown creature of Jurassic age, credit to your observation and your skill to transform a dull subject into an interesting abstract, The Archaeological Survey of India approves it...Well Done...
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2020 12:37PM
The colour takes me there but the mono turns into art.
Love the composition.
KateGrin
16 Jun 2020 9:25PM
Both versions are beautiful , I like those flowers thriving under the empty orbit, they seem teardrops.

LorySmile
viscostatic 14 48 9 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2020 12:00PM
I can see the appeal in the colour version but for me the mono image is streets ahead. You have taken a piece of the landscape and turned it into a piece of art.

Phil.
19 Jun 2020 8:35PM

Quote:The colour version explains what I am looking at in the lead image. Without it as a visual explanation, thoughts of an abstract take on old teeth or more likely the backbone of some long-dead creature.
The colour is a 'very nice' record of the wall, but the artistry is in the b&w conversion. It asks questions the colour doesn't ask.



I agree, we need both but the b/w is "the" one.
David

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