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By Sillu
I had a few hours on my hand so i went in an abondand place to take some photos.
How did i do in black and white ? I don't know how to edit black and white photos the only thing i did on purpose is make the shodows more visible.

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dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
3 Dec 2017 4:15PM
There's often a problem when you you shoot through some sort of barrier and it is unsharp. It distracts from the main subject, rather than adding to any artistic vision. I think that's happened here. It would possibly have worked better if you'd put the lens between the bars or mesh in the foreground.

Two other things that ahven't gone terribly well are the exposure (sunlight and shadow are a problem, and the blown highlights are a distraction) and the overall composition - it's a messy place, disused, but the art of photography is to impose some sort of order on things.

I can see one or two possible compositons within this - I will see if I can get somewhere near showing how they might look in a mod...
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2537 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2017 7:33PM
First the pluses. Well done for using portrait format, and for looking for something different. There's too much of the same around.

I want it to work, it's my sort of subject but it doesn't quite tick the boxes. The foreground grid pattern is strong, I always enjoy a contrast of structured formal lines and random messiness. BUT the grid is so blurred that it's a distraction not a structure.

Try this - hold your fingers up immediately in front of your eyes, then try to focus on the distant view. It's not comfortable. But that's what you are asking the viewer to do.

I can see two possibilities here. Either focus on that foreground grid, and allow the background to blur. That would probably be my take. Or point the lens through the grid to exclude the lines altogether.

As John mentions, holding the camera up close to a wire mesh fence for example, and using a large aperture, can get rid of the lines. But I think the wires were probably too thick for that to work here.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2264 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2017 8:04PM
You have an image in your portfolio titled "The Abandoned Fence", Sylvester, where your focus is on the chain link fence, and the background is nicely blurred. The fence became a silhouette because of the brightness of the background sky. I found that effective.

This is what Moira means when she says, "focus on that foreground grid, and allow the background to blur".
Of course, this depends on whether you felt the background was your subject or not.

You were shooting in the middle of the day, when the light is brightest, hence the brightness of the bottom of the image and the shadow at the top. Shooting during the harsh daylight produces very contrasty light and is difficult to capture details in both the shadow and highlight areas.
A scene can look very different depending on what time of day you're looking at it. For this reason, when possible, it's worth visiting a location at various points a day or so before you want to take your photos as this will give you the opportunity to judge when it looks at its best. If you can't do that, then simply try to avoid the middle of the day.


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