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Out Of The Shadow

By Philo  
A church just outside Silkstone. I took another shot several hours later which produced better light on the stonework but compositionally I thought this worked better.
Does the shadow succeed here or is it too dominant?
Any other thoughts and mods welcome

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

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devlin 7 653 39 India
21 Mar 2011 6:45PM
I think it works, i feel the shadows lead in very nicely to the building...forming a nice centering point with the branches on the two sides on the top. Its also been nicely exposed and composed Smile. I feel though a mono look could also work, have uploaded a mod with some toning to give it a dramatic look. I hope you like it Smile



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Philo 8 99 83 England
21 Mar 2011 7:17PM
Many thanks Prabh, I'm pleased you like it and yes it does work in mono.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
21 Mar 2011 9:35PM
I have to agree with everything Prabh has said here and I also thought of mono as soon as I saw it.
I like the use of the shadows to draw you into the image but I think I'd crop a little from the bottom.


Philo 8 99 83 England
21 Mar 2011 10:33PM
Thanks Bren, I like the idea of the crop so I have uploaded another version and I must say I prefer it. Also converted it to mono to keep you happyWink
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
21 Mar 2011 10:41PM
Brilliant Phil!
That's precisely how I envisaged it.
I have to say that I'm really getting into this mono lark. After months in the doldrums, wondering what to do next, what started out as a bit of a personal challenge has turned out to be a breath iof fresh air.
I'm walkng around now "seeing" things in black and white which I'd never considered before. It's a whole new experience.

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 12:11PM
I agree with the other comments.Both colour and mono versions work for me. However the colour of the gritstone (I believe it is) which has been cleaned make this a pleasing image for me personally (memories etc). The mono makes for a rather grimmer picture. I like it cropped . The shadows certainly work very well and you managed not to have your own shadow in the scene.
Philo 8 99 83 England
22 Mar 2011 12:20PM
Thanks Ian, perhaps I should have uploaded the cropped colour version also.

Quote:The shadows certainly work very well and you managed not to have your own shadow in the scene.

I actually tried the shot from further to the right but had the problem with my shadow. From this pov the large tree masks my shadow.

Thanks again Bren, I do agree that it is a nice challenge working with mono.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 7:48PM
I think it's amazing how much difference that little crop makes. Perhaps it's because the tree trunk shadows are quite large and heavy-looking at the bottom. Whatever it is, I still like the colour, and the crop works just as well on that one.
Philo 8 99 83 England
22 Mar 2011 10:20PM
I agree Pamela and it left wondering how I had missed it in the first place; the crop just seems so obvious. Good to hear from you againGrin

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