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Monet & Friends III

By saltireblue    
The third in this series from the digital exhibition of the works of Monet and others.

I wasn't sure whether to leave the space on the right, or crop it out. I decided to leave it as I feel it balances the scene better than without it. Your opinions are welcome...

Apparently, burnt out whites and harsh blacks are boring, and the harsh b/w processing is only used to cover up mistakes, according to one blunt comment in the forums recently. But it's my style at times and I make no apologies for using the technique.

I would like to thank all who turned up to show their interest last week, I do appreciate the support.

Thanks for bothering.

Tags: Harsh Candid Shadows Silhouette People Black and white Hadeland Glass Light & shadows Exhibition / Gallery blocked blacks

Voters: doverpic, MadVillPics, clicknimagine and 67 more

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21 Jun 2021 7:54AM
A wonderful shot and I think your composition is perfect!
The great thing about forums, is that it's possible to ignore the ignorance of others at no personal cost.
Carry on regardless SmileSmile
Fantastic mono (and friends)
Apparently, burnt out whites and harsh blacks are boring, and the harsh b/w processing is only used to cover up mistakes, according to one blunt comment in the forums recently. But it's my style at times and I make no apologies for using the technique.

A very effective black and white image Malc - it really pops! I've started reading about Ansel Adams and the Zone System, as I want to improve my black and white images which are very grey!!

I love your extremes of light and dark in this image...Smile
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 8:00AM
The space at the right adds to it in my opinion, Malc.
21 Jun 2021 8:07AM
excellent photography, Malc, and in your trademark manner
21 Jun 2021 8:17AM
"...and the harsh b/w processing is only used to cover up mistakes,"

And such comments are often only used to cover up insecurities.

Good decision re the right hand side.

For me this is is the best of the set so far. I like the clarity, and the composition is superb.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
21 Jun 2021 8:43AM
Personally...who gives a ****... what anyone else says, but this very pleasant to look at and investigate...I rather like the space on the right....a quick exit if you needed one? 🏆🏆
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
21 Jun 2021 8:55AM
a fine capture
21 Jun 2021 9:12AM
What to leave in shot and, what to crop out?
You chose well here, Malc'.

jacomes Plus
6 28 40 Portugal
21 Jun 2021 9:19AM
Great B&W, draws attention to the people rather than the exhibit, which if in colour would dominate the scene . I tried a "crop" of the right side, it works. But the complete image indicates that there's more to see in the exhibition and doesn't really distract as the main part of the composition is so strong.
ZenTony Plus
5 8 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 9:59AM
Super Mal. Love it of course.
To crop or not to crop. Always subjective of course but I think the image works beautifully as it is.
Actually I did try a crop on the left hand side leaving just the people on the right and the door. I like that too.
Whatever I love it. A cropped UA for you Sir.
Minty805 Plus
5 43 9 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 10:09AM
Before I read your intro, I had wondered whether the stark sliver on the right would make a simple but powerful image on its own, the darkness leading to the light of a doorway - to where? So, while it does complicate the overall image, it adds intrigue and balance. As for your contrasty style, I've always admired it. One of my favourite photographers, Fan Ho, was often very dark, as have been many others, so it's not only valid but highly expressive and powerful. More power to your elbow, sir.
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 10:32AM
I like the inclusion of the bit on the right but would crop off the white at the bottom Malcolm.
Otherwise a cracking mono.
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 10:48AM
Donít let others put you off your technique, Malc - one which I wish I could do as well.
Love this composition and the corridor on the right looks very inviting.
cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 11:13AM
Well, I'll leave you a comment then seek out the forums... Jealousy is a terrible trait and not to be condoned. I like to call such people, 'Energy Vampires'.

Anyway, your image, I like dark B/W and light play and there are some people who have it off to a fine art on here and aren't afraid to use it whether it attracts criticism or not. You are one of them and some of the others have already commented. If you are happy with your image, then that's it, your creation and whether somebody likes it or not is irrelevant.

Above is an excellent balance of everything I love including people, there's a story in the scene and a place for ingress and egress to it. Love that small bright light capture that opens up to a beam and then you catch the girl's trainers. So many stories, so much to see Malc. Expertly taken. Well jel as they say!


woolybill1 Plus
14 38 78 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 11:15AM
I wouldn't change this composition at all. Granted, other compositions can be made from it and successfully too, but the overall effect as-is balances dreams (the paintings) and shadows with reality (the air-con ducts and technical gubbins in the ceiling plus the escape route on the right). Most of the people are indulging in the dreams but one shadowy individual is clearly caught between the two, filming the dreams: a metaphor for Photography's place in the modern world, perhaps?

Without question, you keep your style.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2021 11:17AM
By far the best so far. There's a whole breadth of human responses running across the frame.
I saw that comment before it disappeared, it was short-sighted. Photography is about light; and darkness.
I'm glad you left that section on the right; but include the silhouetted hand and mobile phone and there's an interesting portrait format crop available from that right side. There's also another cameo, the two standing figures, their shadows and the seated lady. But like Kate I would like to crop off the light strip bottom left, holding a sheet of card up to the screen it balances better for me without it. Wish modifications were enabled...
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
21 Jun 2021 11:56AM
Fine mono work her, Malc, and agree about leaving in the bit on the right 😃👍
Trev 😀
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
21 Jun 2021 1:41PM
Everything has been said Mel. I just plain love it. I love that you left the mysterious right side in. It makes me wonder what else is there to see and here's the path. Two mysterious stories in one.
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
21 Jun 2021 2:06PM
I find a mono treatment can often save a colour image from the rubbish bin. I have scanned a lot of slides, and find you often get colour casts, which are difficult to remove, so often conversion to mono can save the day! I like the light patch on the right. If you prefer it, leave it, as it is your image, and to pot with the critics!
clicknimagine Plus
11 880 105 India
21 Jun 2021 5:10PM
Yeah i read that comment, either they are jealous of your style because they are unable to do it or they are like frogs in the well, although you are unable to suppress the dynamic light here, and i like the way you have composed the shot particularly the girl partly hiding herself, she is, surely a bug of social media, intruding the ambience as the door suggests (leave it as it is)...Well Done...
21 Jun 2021 8:45PM
Stunning capture, I'm glad you left the light on the right it's just right.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
21 Jun 2021 8:59PM
The space to the right shows yet another viewer!
mistere Plus
8 7 4 England
23 Jun 2021 4:50PM

Quote:and the harsh b/w processing is only used to cover up mistakes
Or to hide ugly fat blokes. Every cloud etc etc... Another fine effort young sir. Very late on parade this week.Blush
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2021 5:31PM
Excellent mono composition... Love the light play and the shadows on the wall...
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