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By wolf1  
I took this at the weekend when I had a one to one day with Tony Howell which was a treat from my wife. Taken in RAW.

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel

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michaelcombe 11 46 2 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 7:27PM
Very nice. I think a square crop would also work here too,

frz67 11 10 32 Italy
18 Aug 2010 7:45PM
Hi Andy,
the composition I think is good and the sand in the FG is leading nicely to the lighthouse.
the main thing I see in this one is the processing, but beiing taken in RAW there's a lot of room for changes.
I think the overall picture is a bit overexposed, making the difference between sky and beach too subtle.
Also the contrast in the wavy sand in FG and the clouds in the sky is a little bit flat, as a result there's a lack of depth.
to better show my points, in the mod I've underexposed the sand and the lighthouse by about 0.4 EV and increased the contrast in the overall picture.
It is something that can best be done working on the RAW format, anyway!
hope it helps
User_Removed 18 455 13 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 8:35PM
I think Francesco's mod adds what this needs - the composition and elements are all there, it just needed a bit more in the processing to bring them out.
NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2010 10:34PM
well i like the subject and the composition is fine. im unsure about the mono conversion its a little flat with low contrast maybe checking out mono conversions in different channels would give better results.

the white tower is overexposed which is a common problem with digital photography (im sure film held a wider latitude for highlights) but if you shot raw you may still have detail in there if you pull the recovery slide to the right. its not written as cast in concrete but its usual to retain detail in the whites and blacks for best effect.

i wonder if the composition could have been improved by trying to link that damp patch in the centre with the tower by moving around to the left. it may have put a little diagonal lead in there and some perspective as the ripples although nice are a little disjointed from the tower.

Steve-T Plus
14 56 66 England
18 Aug 2010 11:13PM
Yep Francesco is spot on. The lighthouse is great as is the composition but the sky and sand are grey. I am not sure how you converted this to mono but there are various techniques that can exploit the natural colours to add contrast which is so essential to B&W. For example: the sky is normally blue dominated and sand maybe a yellow/red dominated. Convertion tools like channel mixer or black and white adjustment layer (assuming you use photoshop) can exploit colour differences sending the sky dark and sand lighter. It is possible to exaggerate the impact by saturating the colours or even changing some of the colours before the mono conversation. IMO the main tool for B&W is dodge and burn to gain extra contrast and create textures. I have tried to demo this in a mod but I am not suggesting this is an end product - in fact I think I have degraded the quality of the image through overworking it but if starting from a RAW image this would be the sort of outcome I'd try to aim for if it were my image. Alternatively I bet this is a pretty good colour image? Hope that helps. Steve.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 7:33PM
Shooting in RAW is to give you processing power. Here, you have a very strong simple scene, well composed, but your mono conversion has let you down. You needed a darker sky, more detail in the whites and generally a little darker overall.

Both mods improve, but I would combine the two, sky from the first, sand from the second.


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