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By jlbissette13
This is part of a boat ramp on Jordan Lake in North Carolina. I'm pretty new at black and white photography, so any feedback is greatly appreciated!

188 seconds @ f10, ISO 200

Tags: Landscape Seascape Minimalist Dock Black and white North carolina

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DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 3:48PM
I don't think general guidelines for black and white photography really apply to near-abstract shots like this.

Ordinarily, one would look for good contrast and a full range of tones from pure blacks to pure whites, to show off a general subject at its best. Here, though, the mostly low contrast works well because it enhances the dream-like feeling of time standing still through the long exposure. The simple, symmetric composition is very effective.

If you like this kind of shot, you'll enjoy looking at edwood's portfolio .


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BonaFideNut 12 14 United States
31 Mar 2012 4:18PM
I think the shot works out well, as it is. It's got good texture on the ramp and the overall muted tones from the water and sky and well to this quiet mood. Good job!
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 4:18PM
Yes, mono not an issue here, more do you like it or not. A bit minimalistic for me, but your mod does have rather more impact to it. I'm not sure if it would be better without the soft water effect.

mhfore 11 6 176 England
31 Mar 2012 7:04PM
Hi Jesse,

This would make a great wall canvas and as it is works very well, but we all see things (hopefully) a little different and to my eye's I think the whites could be a bit darker. I've posted two mods where I have darken the mid tones slightly and in curves, if you grab the centre and pull upwards (only a bit) it will darken the image (RGB). In mod 2 just for a bit of added effect I have darkened it a touch more and added a ripple to give the image a feeling of capturing movement. There's a few way's of adding water ripples which with the original image can be made to look extremely realistic. For this simple one I used two new layers and "Filters" > "Distort" > "Zig Zag" .

Jesse you have a good and interesting pf, well done.

Take care
ams99 Junior Member 7 65 9 England
31 Mar 2012 8:08PM
I think this is a superb image. I found it difficult to drag my eyes away as it feels extremely hypnotic. I usually like to look at a definite subject and whilst there is no large main focal point i find that deep white circle at the foot of the ramp mesmeric, spell binding.

Love it.
31 Mar 2012 10:31PM
Thanks everyone!

@DRicherby, Edwin's work is amazing! I especially love his shot "The Pier 2" (the one with the rope), it is incredibly evocative!
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 11:54PM
jlbissette13 wrote:
> Edwin's work is amazing!

I absolutely agree! Glad you like it, too. Smile

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 8:05PM
i love this too , i like minimal photography in general so stripping this down to simple tones and composition works for me.

if you like this sort of cpomposition you may like to google michael Kenna, he pioneered this type of minimal mono long exposure type of work, many years before big stoppers and to be truthful has many disciples.

the conversion to mono that you have used though has been pushed a little far in the centre of the water and the sky could do with a little crop or an overlaid grad to tone down the top a little to hold the eye down in the frame.

compositionally it may break rules but who says things should conform to thirds. full on central subjects often work well and it does so here.

this would look nice printed on textured art paperlike ilford fine art

2 Apr 2012 5:43AM

Thanks! Michael Kenna is who inspired me to try this type of photography (along with Michael Levin)! I did what you said and used a gradient to tone down the top part of the image, and I have to agree, this makes it look much better. Thanks again!
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2012 3:38AM
Great landscape.

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