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Dunmore Petrol Pump - B&W

By groverjones
This is a second version of my last photo, in black and white. It's my first go at B&W conversion in GIMP and I played with a few other new (to me) bits using curves and unsharp mask. I think it is a better photo in B&W.

Tags: Black and white Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


KenTaylor Plus
12 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2009 11:41PM
B&W relies on texture and shapes. Colour is a different way of seeing mostly relying on the sensation colour has. This is a good subject to work on in B&W and if possible a return visit to explore it further. The viewpoint here is descriptive as though you were striving to record it.
As a photograph that explores shapes a full side on viewpoint may have been better with that circle and vertical lines and may eliminate that building in the background. I might ask if you used a tripod ?

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15 Mar 2009 8:12AM
Thanks Ken, it looks good with the vignetting. I didn't use a tripod - in fact I leapt out of the car and took a couple of quick snaps while my 2 year old sat in the back yelling 'Dadda photo!" at me. The toss up was between the building in the background or a fairly ugly, nondescript road, but given a bit more time to circle around I may have got a better angle. Thanks for the tips.
paulbroad 10 123 1170 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2009 8:19AM
Interesting and worthwhile. Definately a B&W shot and would be in Ireland. Modification is better - B&W needs depth, contrast and punch - I printed in a wet darkroom for 40 years! There MUSt be pure whites and full blacks - usually.

pamelajean Plus
11 998 1932 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2009 7:51PM
There are times when you can't help wanting to move the elements for a photograph, and this is one. Mind you, that's what we have PS for, I suppose. I would like the front of the petrol pump to be in the picture, but with the "wheel" included as well, but with a nice sky behind the two, not the building. I wonder if you got down very low, in front of the wheel, with the petrol pump at an angle behind, would there have been a clean sky background to be seen? Getting close to the wheel and using a small aperture, you'd have had the chance to get the two elements in focus.
As to your black/white conversion, I leave critique to others, but it looks good to me.

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