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Oil Seed Rape Field

By Hilmar
I took this photo using a 10 stop filter with a shutter speed of 23 sec. I was trying to be a bit creative by capturing the motion of the rape seed blowing in the wind. I then converted it to black and white using Silver Efex Pro.

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel

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28 May 2013 7:14AM
The blur in the clouds, the natural slope of the horizon, and of course the movement of the rapeseed, all combine to make this a very dynamic image. If you've stepped outside your comfort zone here, then you've done so very successfully.
An additional shot, using a more "normal" shutter speed of, say, 1/2sec or thereabouts, just to show movement in the crop but but also preserving a touch of detail, would have been an interesting comparison. But what you have here is excellent. And it's so refreshing to see someone photograph a field of rape NOT in lurid colour !! Smile
Keep experimenting !!Smile


Sooty_1 11 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
28 May 2013 7:27AM
Whilst being a pleasant enough scene, the black and white conversion really doesn't add anything, and I would have thought the whole point of shooting this would have been the colour of the flowers!
I find the tree a little too central for comfort, and maybe shaving a bit from the left would address this. There is also fairly flat tonal range - not sure which preset you used on Silver Efex - there is no real drama or "sparkle" to the picture, perhaps too because of the long exposure. This has also had the effect of making soft whatever isn't deliberately blurred. What I mean is, that for a really long landscape exposure to work, I think there should be something very sharp to counterpoint the soft clouds/foliage/water etc Here, because everything is moving, there isn't anything at all really sharp.

You need to think about exactly what you want to convey when setting the shot up - don't just convert to black and white and expect every shot to look good. This might be better with more dramatic light (it doesn't look a particularly good day, or time of day, for landscapes with drama), and certainly more contrast. Because of the long exposure, the clouds are a bit wishy-washy and also lack drama, but really, I think this calls for a colour shot.

iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
28 May 2013 8:42AM
Interesting photo. Your technique seems to have worked in as far as the blurring of the rape and clouds.
I would like to see this in colour. Sorry but it does not do much for me in BW.
In my view 95% of images look better in colour especially pretty countryside scenes. BW creates a mainly harsh look which emphasises shape and form.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
28 May 2013 10:10PM
I like this. I do think sharpening helps, especially the tree.

The mono also can do with more contrast. Ive uploaded 2 mods, - first is sharpening and contrast; second is selective duo toning, which adds a touch of colour.


Hilmar 9 Ireland
28 May 2013 10:17PM
Many thanks to everyone for their comments and advice.

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