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Bishops lydeard church

By bigbob2
Taken while out and about last weekend. the picture was taken by me the photoshop work is the work of a friend who has given permission for me to post here

Tags: Church Gravestones Black and white Blackwhite

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lesliea 10 2 Australia
5 Apr 2010 4:49AM
Nicely composed and the mono goes well with this image the detail also is very nice. May be back slightly to get more of the right hand side of the church.
Cheers Allen

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paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2010 9:09AM
A nice image. I suspect the real appeal of this is the first rate mono conversion and punchy tones. Get yourself a copy of Photoshop, or if the cost is out of reach - it is to many, try Elements 8 which is just as good for most photographers - and do the lot yourself.

bigbob2 11 1 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2010 10:08PM
Thanks for the comments.Paul i have a copy of photoshop but this guy is a lot better than me.However i will keep trying
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 8:18PM
Yes, the black and white conversion is excellent and the photo itself isn't half bad, either. Smile

My only critique would be that it comes a little close to the edges of the frame on three sides. I think it would have been better to tilt the camera up just a little to give a bit more separation between the top of the tower and the edge of the frame, at the cost of losing maybe half of the lit part of the grass at the bottom, where not much is happening. I'd also turn it to the right a little. At the moment, the left-most wall of the church is within pixels of the edge of the frame, and the two gravestones are rather close, too. I think it would be a bit more comfortable to lose a bit of the left wing of the church (again, not much is happening, there) and nudge the gravestones away from the edge.

If you want to do black and white conversions yourself, there's lots of information on the web. Cambridge in Colour has an excellent article on the subject. Once you have the photo in black and white, the key things to remember for further processing is that a successful black and white photograph usually has a full (or very nearly full) range of tones from pure white to pure black, and usually has quite strong contrast. I think it's reasonable to define `usually' as `always do this unless you have a good reason not to.' Smile

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