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Stepping stones

By oldgreyheron      
I don't quite know whether I like this or not - I always seem to feel this way when I try mono.

These are the stepping stones across the Roxby Beck at Staithes.

I would welcome comments (of any sort) to help me understand the use of B&W.

Many thanks,

Tags: Black and white

Voters: Bob_V, mrswoolybill, woolybill1 and 4 more


mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2141 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2009 8:36PM
Interesting, it took me a moment or two to work out the scale - looks like a row of coffins!

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woolybill1 Plus
13 30 76 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2009 9:04PM
I can't see any indication in this image to suggest that you don't understand black & white, Mike! But I'll throw in my two penn'orth nevertheless:
Perhaps one might consider a colour-desaturated, i.e. Greyscale, image to be an image shorn of its superficial emotional clothing, allowing the eye to concentrate on composition, form, line and texture. It's another way of saying "beauty is only skin deep", I suppose, except that composition, form, line and texture supply "inner beauty", character rather than appearence.
I have read (I am no scientist!) that only the centre of the human eye's vision can recognise colour, which the brain interpolates by reference to memory and experience. The icing on the cake.
So many figures of speech Smile

Just a quick reference to this image ticks all the boxes - composition/form/line (two diagonals, repeated shapes and shadows that between them supply proportion, dimension and depth; the stepping stones and the edge of the beck divide the frame into triangles, a pleasing element), while the textures of concrete, stone, sand and grass add interest. You could reintroduce emotional content by adjusting the depth of the shadows or remove it entirely by discarding contrast - that is where black & white becomes 'flat' and uninteresting: but then, the same applies to 'flat' colour!

I hope that helps somewhat. N.B.: I have no visual training whatever...

taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
25 Sep 2009 12:36AM
Tones are excellent-- expect this would mean more to me had I ever seen any place like it-- stones over a streamlet?

They do look a bit like coffins-- but all the lines lead to somewhere-- suggesting the other side----

Joline Plus
13 30 55 United States
25 Sep 2009 12:33PM
I do love the composition, and I think that mono suits the sparse appearance of this image. Since I often think that less is more, I would also try a crop that is just above the stepping stones. I will try to do a mod.
25 Sep 2009 5:00PM
Some great help here - thank you!

Bill your essay and analysis are full of insight and imagination, and the feedback very helpful.

Jenn: the streamlet often has significantly more water flowing - I'm sure that at times the stepping stones would be submerged / impassable!

Joline: I see exactly what you mean by "less is more" - thanks for the successful modification.

Many thanks again, Mike

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