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THe barn tells a tale

By mlseawell    
Just as I was about to finish my first Saturday landscape session for a while, a happened upon this abandoned farm and spent the next 45 minutes happily snapping away.

Tags: Flowers White Black And Barn Lanscape Black and white Flowers and plants Landscape and travel

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really like the duality of this shot Smile

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Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
4 Sep 2010 9:01PM

Quote:Incidentally the symbol for copyright is

. . . or "Alt 0169".

Actually, I quite like this for some reason.

As Frank says, it's an image of two halves, one light and the other overly dark, neither of which are quite correctly exposed.
I've roughly lassoed the right hand side and made a quick adjustment using the shadows/highlights tool. I sharpened that bit slightly too.
I then cropped a bit from the left which I think has improved the balance.
Hope this is OK.

Steve-T 10 56 66 England
4 Sep 2010 10:47PM
I am a big fan of B&W photography but believe it is a bit of a dying art. Good mono work probably starts at the taking stage by seeing colours as a greyscale. The difficulty with your subject matter is that most of the colours you are translating sit in the midtones i.e. green and browns which inevitably produce midtone greys - so you have ended up with too much grey and not enough contrast. The most striking monos have a full range of tones from white to black and the composition is a matter of generating the best contrasting elements - so looking at your image the better picture was probably the ends of the sawn logs - on some it looks like there is an outer white ring with grey tones into a black centre - this type of shot produces a simple outcome where as your current composition is very complex - as mentioned in the critiques above. Hope that helps. Steve.
mlseawell 7 1 United States
4 Sep 2010 11:33PM
Thanks all. It is a VERY complex picture to convert. Maybe too complex but what the hey! I do like the the "clash" between the subject matters. Frank always gets down to it, a man knows where he stands with Frank. Good points as usual although I think the subject(s) matter is there. Bren, the mod is good (better I think) and like the result. I should have played more with this but had to go to dinner. Steve, yep it is dying but I do love it. I appreciated your advice and input and learned something which is the entire point of putting my stuff out there.

Cheers all!

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