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Towpath Twosome

By Jasper87  
...or maybe not... there does seem to be a lot of space between them Tongue

Something different today, a foray into mono. The harsh, contrasty, midday light gave some strong shadows, silhouettes and rim illumination.... seemed perfect for black and white.

Taken on the Lea Navigation in North London, near Tottenham Hale.

Iso200, f11, 1/640sec, no tripod this time. Actually took my 70-200 lens for this outing, set at 117mm for this shot.


Tags: London Canal Black and white River lea House boats

Voters: marktc, dven, pronabk and 111 more


dven Plus
14 42 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 6:40AM
Lovely atmosphere ,well suited for mono


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marktc Plus
8 101 15 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 6:46AM
Super capture Dave, the people in silhouette are excellent, the shimmering surface of the canal coupled with the puffs of smoke from the narrow boat give contrasting textures, and that swan almost hidden in the foreground all add up to a great shot!
andylea 10 37 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 6:56AM
brilliant comp dave wonderful tones and light a cracking mono top shot Wink
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 7:17AM
Great image here Dave, and certainly suits the mono.
nonur Plus
10 18 13 Turkey
15 Mar 2013 7:27AM
A super mono, Dave! Love this shot.
Hermanus 7 4 South Africa
15 Mar 2013 7:31AM
This is a really special image Dave !! very well taken GrinGrinGrin
15 Mar 2013 7:32AM
Like it Dave,
ColleenA Plus
7 420 6 Australia
15 Mar 2013 7:51AM
A great image,and great in mono, one of my favourite holidays was barging in England, loved my early morning strolls along the tow paths, well captured
johnke 6 223 15
15 Mar 2013 7:51AM
Certainly nice and sharp Dave, the light just seems to fall in the right place as the boats are lit up beautifully, very well seen Dave..John
fentiger 18 918 24 England
15 Mar 2013 7:52AM
A particularly well composed monochrome image, love the beautiful light and the warm tones.

CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
15 Mar 2013 7:56AM
An excellent composition, Dave, and it works so well in mono. Carol
abeeror2 7 23 Australia
15 Mar 2013 8:00AM
Wow That is brilliant!
franken Plus
17 4.9k 4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 8:01AM
Excellent composition Dave. Mono suits the subject well.

LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 99 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 8:17AM
I'm amazed at how well this works in black & white. Super composition, great light and the silhouetted figures add a lovely human touch.
15 Mar 2013 8:32AM
An excellent side lit shot, Dave - and very effective in b/w.
Well composed - as ever - I love the strong lighting on the sides if the boats which contrast so well with the shadows in the bottom right of the image.
The couple probably are together - my wife and I regularly walk canal paths in the West Midlands, usually miles apart because of the camera!!Wink
No camera to be seen here, though!!

Nikonuser1 Plus
7 159 16 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 8:32AM
A super mono image, well capturedSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

15 Mar 2013 8:48AM
I think it's great - the clear view of the boats contrasts nicely with the silhouette of the people.
gary_d 11 576 13 Wales
15 Mar 2013 8:49AM

Quote:Super capture Dave, the people in silhouette are excellent, the shimmering surface of the canal coupled with the puffs of smoke from the narrow boat give contrasting textures, and that swan almost hidden in the foreground all add up to a great shot!

Put really well, its a strong and interesting composition that invites the eye in. - gary
woolybill1 Plus
12 29 74 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:04AM
I think they were walking apart deliberately to give you a view of the skiff in the distance Tongue
Well-composed, some prominent reflections despite the ripples on the water, and enviable light. An image that few people would automatically associate with London, all the better for being an eye-opener therefore.
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
15 Mar 2013 9:10AM
Great comp and light that works so well. Undoubtedly works as a mono.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2079 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:11AM
I looked back to when I could last find a b&w landscape in your portfolio, had to go back to September...
It works perfectly here - strong light and shadows take on a negative/positive feel, it says cold, and also accentuates the diagonal progression of the far bank, the near bank - and the walkers who stand out beautifully in silhouette against the water. You've timed this perfectly for their stride, both have a foot raised, that conveys brisk movement. You even have a touch of rim lighting catching the lady, which distinguishes her from the slightly darker background behind her outline. And those strong horizontal shadows on 'our' bank ground the image.
I cannot imagine this working nearly so well in colour, too many distractions, probably from the barges.
I've been wondering if lightening the swan would help or hinder, I'm not sure. It's kind of lost as it is, it might be a distraction if it was lighter.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
15 Mar 2013 9:21AM
Makes me want to get back onto the canals. Superb shot. Smile
Did you pop into the Princess of Wales along Lea Bridge Road for a pint and some chips after?
danbrann 15 640 17
15 Mar 2013 9:23AM
A cracker Dave with that rim lighting just lifting it above the ordinary.Now if only that duck was swimming in the opposite dirction and that smoke was blowing horizontally I think you would be on a winner.
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
15 Mar 2013 9:24AM
lovely mono work Smile
15 Mar 2013 9:25AM
fine result here David like it a lot best go to spec savers looks like 17jan and 116mm have caused you a problem TongueTongueWink

10 10 10 England
15 Mar 2013 9:25AM
I looked - I liked - and after reading Moira's comment I really appreciate it.
boov 6 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:35AM
Wonderful B/W...
Nice reflections on this river scene.
Well done. Westernred
Caziwinkles 6 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:43AM
This works so well in mono - very atmospheric - the more I look the more I spy!!! Tongue

9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:59AM
Wonderfully atmospheric and in many ways so very romantic.

achieverswales 9 8 101 Wales
15 Mar 2013 10:24AM
Beautiful tones and sidelighting Dave, you can feel the chill in the air.


rontear Plus
16 19 8 England
15 Mar 2013 10:34AM
Strong mono and story telling Dave ( they appear to be going their own ways !
RonnieAG Plus
9 154 118 Scotland
15 Mar 2013 11:00AM
The B and W presentation works well here, Dave, there being a high range of contrast which suits the approach IMHO: love the light here catching on the hulls, the ripples and as you say the the rim lighting on the couple.
And as ever, so well composed, the dark triangle on the lower right balancing with the tree mass top left, the main scene diagonally between the two.
Irishkate Plus
9 41 115 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 11:12AM
Mean and moody at midday!
The barges and smoke on one side are nicely balanced with the silhouettes on the right.
mex 11 27 3 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 12:37PM
Nice mono dave, top comp.
cheers phil.
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 12 England
15 Mar 2013 12:46PM
A lovely scene, nice reflections, great composition, wonderful light...just have to give it my UA! Wink
Trev Smile
capto Plus
7 5.8k 12 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 1:03PM
Very strong composition, excellent mono. I love this image from the figures to the smoke against the dark trees and the rippled water. There is so much to like that didn't notice the bland sky. I am very happy to give my UA.Wink

Fefe Plus
7 33 31 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 1:12PM
I have been looking at this for a good while Dave............ Its superb!
Correction......... Its a GEMGrin
15 Mar 2013 2:04PM
Superb monochrome composition !
Rende 12 38 4 Netherlands
15 Mar 2013 2:05PM
Brilliant use of the light Dave, and a beautiful composition too. Perfect in mono.
AnnChown Plus
9 207 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 2:45PM
Congratulations on all your awards Dave! Seems you made the right choice in mono - it works really well! I love these canals and this river - very well composed.
15 Mar 2013 3:56PM
Very atmospheric b/w - I like it a lotSmile
Meheecho 6 275 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 4:30PM
A well composed and balanced mono--very nice indeed
AnneWorner 11 620 43 United States
15 Mar 2013 5:01PM
Long shadows and lovely light for midday - I think they've had an argument - he is still angry and has his hands in his pockets. She is ready to reconcile, arms relaxed at sides, maybe ready to reach out - oh my what we can weave in our imaginations when we look at an image. Smile

HELANA 9 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 5:04PM
Very atmospheric and delighful b&w shot Dave, georgeous light in the shimmering water,all together, superb image.
15 Mar 2013 5:11PM
Don't think they've noticed that their Seven Year old son has fallen in the Water Dave Smile
Great shot and excellent Mono, a very nice comp' too.

John Smile
carper123 Plus
7 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 5:40PM
Dave, awesome work my friend, the lighting, composition and detail is fantastic, perfect in black and white, awards well deserved. A man of many talents.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmileSmile
Philip_H 7 12 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 6:02PM
Perhaps they've got a cob on, Dave? Tongue

Either way, great b/w image.

xwang 10 56 8
15 Mar 2013 6:24PM
Looks good, Dave. I need a long lens as well, actually I prefer a flexible one(zoom)...but costs too muchGrin and too heavy for me, not sure that I can pick it up.. the other option is a light 70-300, I just don't know how much I need the 100-300 part, I can't keep changing lens in the street..
Wonderful mono. You may have a play on PS, try Content aware scale tool.. nothing to lose, if it doesn't work, nobody can see it either.Wink
15 Mar 2013 7:26PM
Wonderful shot Dave, I like it a lot Grin
canonfan 9 7 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 8:07PM
Lovely atmospheric image Dave. Works well in mono
jasonrwl Plus
9 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 11:53PM
Terrific Dave - like that very subtle toning
accipiter 9 61 England
16 Mar 2013 7:15AM
Strong contrast and interesting capture. Not only are you a low light expert but an excellent mono here suggests much wider levels of expertise! A
avacreates 8 448 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 8:28AM
Such a lovely image - gives a relaxing, comfortable feeling - lots to look at
ps loved your comment
16 Mar 2013 9:02AM
A wonderful phot in B&W
Dont feel much love in the air with these love birds Dave as you say a bit to much distance there I feel, good exposer with a strong contrast nice tones and so does work well in mono

ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
16 Mar 2013 10:01AM
Definitely works well in BW, Dave. I think they could easily be a couple me, it looks like she's walking faster than he maybe not Smile

Jat_Riski 11 89 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 11:07AM
Excellent mono Dave.
16 Mar 2013 11:30AM
Strong shadows, superb light and some atmosphere in the b/g Dave. An excellent b/w picture
16 Mar 2013 12:12PM
Has a hint of sepia. You have had an impressive start with mono and I would be tempted to look at your back catalogue and find a few gems ready for conversion. Regards
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 12:19PM
You make London look so very beautiful... This is very close to me and I love your image. IB
Trevhas Plus
7 1.5k 3 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 12:29PM
Excellent mono Dave. Great silhoette but the bridge running through the blokes head is too much of a distraction for me and i see that before anything else but that's just me cos it's taken me 5 minutes to scroll down to this comment box and can't see that anyone else has mentioned it.
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.2k 157 England
16 Mar 2013 12:38PM
Cheers, Trevor, I was aware of it but unfortunately that was where the side light was coming through onto the couple.

16 Mar 2013 1:17PM
Every picture tells a story ! Lots of stories going on in this wintry world being woken up by the sun. I'm wondering about the occupants of the barges as well as the characters walking .
This works so well in mono and the detail in it is amazing.So great to see. GillSmile
ZoeKemp 6 31 England
16 Mar 2013 5:26PM
stunning photograph. has a old fashioned feel about it GrinGrin
1881 7 India
16 Mar 2013 6:33PM
,well suited for mono.

gajewski 15 10 9 United States
16 Mar 2013 6:38PM
Dave, you are correct. This is a perfect mono -- great comp.
NeilWigan 9 17 16 England
16 Mar 2013 10:21PM
Great array of barges ,would like to see them in colour.
17 Mar 2013 12:30PM
Hi Dave, and excellent mono shot, a well composed shot.. Congratulation for the awards worth winning.

7 3 8 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2013 2:43PM
Great comp and a great monoWinkGrin
derekhansen 10 210 24 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2013 8:40PM
What more can I add Dave. A fine quality image, well composed and superbly captured.
LexEquine 13 1 19 United States
19 Mar 2013 6:00PM
Super Monochrome image Rendition ~ Wink
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
19 Mar 2013 10:47PM
A magnificent mono Dave, the light and shadows are fabulous as is the composition. I like the inclusion of the canalside walkers and the graceful swan
almiles 9 38 102 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 8:58AM
Don't know how I missed this but there you go. Beautifully sharp with a great lead in line and depth from the ranked barges. You've dealt with the contrast very well and the rim lighting on the sihouettes is exquisite.
PaulMillar 8 83 2 Scotland
21 Mar 2013 8:45PM
Dave, perfect choice to do mono here dave.............shot has the full spectrum of nono tones and claity........super job.

PaulLiley 10 2 13 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 6:53PM
Superb mono Dave-loads of atmosphere. Yes been campervan for last 15 yrs. Paul

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