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Loch Skeen

By barral  
Taken recently at Loch Skeen near Grey Mares Tail.

Black and white to show contrast between foliage in foreground against a dark brooding mountain behind.

Tags: Black and white Digitally manipulated Digital art Landscape and travel

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pablophotographer 8 1.3k 355
3 Jan 2014 6:52PM

I do love black and white photography, just today I have ordered 8 rolls of Kodak BW400CN film. I adore Moriyama's city landscape pictures and Clyde Butcher's who shoots landscapes in United States. But contrary to my normal preferences I would suggest you to bring this back to colour. I see parts of the picture as shiny as infrared, or lit by sunshine, yet mysteriously I also think there is fog on the top of the mountain.

I would also like you to have given us the picture's metadata. The digital manipulation you refer at can be very vague.

The picture does display the plants versus rock contrast but is teh mountain really 'brooding'? The highest peak, is really non photogenic Sad and its flat top draws attention, making us almost miss another two good points which have enough appeal to stand on their own, namely the tallest tree on the left hill and the tree which stands in this tiny piece of land in the loch.

Therefore I suggest two crops which contain each of the sides of the tallest mountain , one ascending and stopping just after the tallest tree on the left and one that contains both trees and follows the descending slope of the tall mountain on the right, as a vertical frame.


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dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 600 England
3 Jan 2014 7:09PM
It's nice to try an image in mono, but I feel this has nothing to add over a colour version. It goes like that sometimes.

You need to ask yourself (and I write this for the benefit of anyone reading this as a general point), is the mono image less involving, as good but a different rendition, or more engaging than the colour original?

Perhaps slightly simplistic and of course everyone's perceptions and views differ but that's generally how I approach it. I've done mono conversions and decided after ten minutes that it's not as good and delete it. Other times I'm pleasantly surprised.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4051 Canada
3 Jan 2014 10:32PM
If you could add the exif data Barrie it would be appreciated.


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 8:45PM
It is a strong image and possibly just as good in mono as colour in this case. Then becomes subjective. Not an image I would want on mh wall simply bdcause it is heavy and foreboding. In such, it does it's job, but it wouldn't appeal to me.


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