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Oil Seed Version 1

By Hilmar
Thank you for your advice and comments for yesterday's black and white version taken at a slow shutter speed. This is one of my other versions and I would appreciate further advice. Taken with a tripod at a shutter speed of 1/80 sec.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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28 May 2013 11:43PM
I much prefer your b&w version, rape-fields in colour being one of the oldest and tiredest cliches around, right down there with the rusty hinges and wheel spokes Grin and of course the whole point of your doing it was the movement. Technical issues aside ( and yes, there were some ) the idea was a winner. As Ansel Adams said, "There's nothing worse than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept."
Mind you, I thought Willie's sharpness/contrast mod was absolutely superb Smile
Keep up the good work Smile



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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
29 May 2013 8:21AM
I much prefer this colour version. Not only the colour aspect but the composition here. Works well for me.
I personally look at some BW images and ask why?, is the photographer trying to be different?, where's the improvement in losing the colour?
Hilmar 6 Ireland
29 May 2013 8:24AM
Thanks Alan for encouraging comments. I really liked Willie's mod too.
29 May 2013 8:59AM

Quote: I personally look at some BW images and ask why?, is the photographer trying to be different?, where's the improvement in losing the colour?

So, Ian, we should all try to be the same, eh? Individuality not desirable? Surely you don't really think that?Smile

B&W photography is about form and line and texture, it's about tone as opposed to hue, and about ideas. Very often, from that perspective, colour can be a distraction, or even simply unnecessary. Photographers who work in B&W often do so because they feel that it offers them more creative freedom, and allows them a more personal response to what they see. If that doesn't mean anything for you, then that of course is entirely your business, I just think it's a shame that you seem unable to see it.

paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
29 May 2013 9:00AM
I think a rapeseed field has to be in colour unless you try an IR route. Might be interesting. The main problem is that you see so many of these and you need something to individualise it. A complimentary colour helps, usually red, but that gets done a lot too. How about a Poppy, large in frame with the rapeseed as background.

Here, I think you have a touch of under exposure. Lift the brightness slider a touch.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3864 Canada
29 May 2013 4:41PM
Its a competent image, but lacks the impact of the landscape format of the previous upload. Would have loved to see this in landscape. So I might say this has to be in landscape format!

There is of course no hard and fast rules whether a shot should be mono or colour, portrait or landscape, its all down to personal preferences, and the final authority really is the photographer, and the artistic intent.

Its worthwhile trying IR and other conversions, as Paul says, just to explore possibilities. You may well find something that you prefer, and in the process, you will learn. Thats always a good thing.



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