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Swizzles factory, New Mills

By HelenaJ
I went to a lecture last night on Black and White photography and wanted to give it a try. Not sure if this looks better in monocrome or not. Love to know what people think.

Tags: Transport Architecture Black and white

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albinoni 8 6 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2011 11:35AM
Hi Helena, thanks for your comment on my shot!
I'm no expert, but a couple of things to maybe think about... rotate it so that the verticals of the buildings are in line with the verticals in the reflection.
I've just done an adjustment but can't upload it - if you click on modification then people can do varaitions for you - I've found it really helpful for some of my shots!
Next, maybe try curves to give the image more depth and contrast. also a bit of dodging/burning to pull out selective areas like the foreground cobbles and wall. There is an add on for photoshop called silver efex pro - which can really bring the best out in mono.
The shot has a great lead in and nice reflections and is a good subject matter for mono!
Anyhow, just a few ideas - don't know if they are helpful or not...
all the best
Andy

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HelenaJ 5 3
6 Oct 2011 12:03PM
Thanks Andy, I'll give your suggestions a go. I have a lot to learn! Helena
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 68 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2011 1:27PM
I recognised this scene instantly, having taken almost exactly the same composition from the same spot three weeks ago on a dreadfully wet day. So of course your composition is perfect!

My version, on a tiny compact camera, was taken without flash; it is also in colour, I haven't tried mono. Yours is slightly what we call flat, lacking in contrast; Andy has made some useful suggestions which I would agree with to increase the contrast and general interest in the picture. Direct on-camera flash often has this flattening effect: memory tells me that the tunnel was quite dark and gloomy while the light outside was bright despite the rain, which I have tried to replicate in my photo. Sometimes it takes courage to switch the flash off, though I take a lot of persuasion to switch it on Smile

Anyway - the subject is excellent, not for the industrial building but for its reflection in the canal and the framing of the tunnel. Perhaps a slight rotation as Andy suggests might be an improvement; I'm not sure that it's important as the eye follows the curves of canal bank and tunnel mouth as priority. These strong shapes make the image ideal for b&w, so you have chosen well. As usual, it's all a matter of practice.

Best wishes
Bill

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