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Monochrome Early Light...

By Scottishlandscapes  
...some monochrome conversions from the year 2012.

***edited in V2 to add a little more contrast.

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel

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Richsr 10 91 223 England
4 Dec 2012 10:54AM
Certainly works well in mono Dougie, good details and tones too
Regards Richard

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rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
4 Dec 2012 11:05AM
Mono suites this Dougie, gentle mood.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Dec 2012 11:08AM
I agree that this image works well in B and W, Dougie, but having been back to the colour original a week or so back, I feel the the colour of the sunlit grasses really stands out in that version, and that some of that impact is lost here.
However that's just my opinion.
Having said that, had I never seen the original, I would have been more than pleased viewing this version.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 11:15AM
A stunning landscape, which works beautifully in this sumptuous monochrome. A splendid tonal range and plenty to feast my eyes upon.

Regards Nathan
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 11:45AM
It is a lovely mono but I think I agree with Ronnie that the colour version looked even better.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 12:10PM
Oh well, this is crisp and clear, yes!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
4 Dec 2012 12:42PM
a most wonderful scene and so well photographed.

Now a problem.....I think there is some white fringing along the LH side mountain top.What is the cause of this Dougie as i occasionally get it on my images.
Is it down sizing the image
my eyes
my monitor

woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 12:44PM
Instant thoughts: those reeds are supremely delicate, are they not? This is where monochrome concentrates the eye on line and form rather than any other considerations.
I am reminded of the fable of La Fontaine (and probably Aesop and others) in which the sturdy oak tree mocks the delicate reed, yet after the storm the reed remains to lament the fallen oak.
Food for thought.
Oh, I think the contrast in V2 is slightly better).
Danny I'm not sure I've just looked at the original for V2 before downsizing and I see no fringe at all. It could be the sharp line between white and black causing it, but the short answer is I don't know.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 1:07PM
Following Danny's comment I tried blowing both versions up (well not literally... ), I can see a little white fringing in V2, on the left side of the left-hand peak, towards the summit. It's much less pronounced in V1, but there is a hint. I wouldn't have noticed it without Danny's prompting though...
Despite fringing I much prefer V2, because it gives the water a sort of clarity, we can see through to the bed so there is greater depth, to balance the increased texture in the sky. Depth and height...
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
4 Dec 2012 1:54PM
Both beautiful, V2 is just a little more........Sandy
capto Plus
5 5.0k 8 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 3:03PM
V2 for me, with or without the fringe. Fringing is everywhere, I think it is in the original file and gets progressively more noticable with processing, sharpening etc. A lot depends on the make up of the image, sometimes it's hidden. Thats my excuse anyway, makes me feel better when I see it in my shots. Careful retouching can help.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 3:14PM
I'm going with v2 out of these two Dougie. It's interesting how b&w gives an entirely different feel to a landscape.
I wish I'd had my little ladders along here.
wolfy 14 36 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 4:07PM
Excellent B&W conversion Dougie, V2 for as it adds a little more drama Smile
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 6:14PM
v2 for me dougie SmileSmileSmileSmile Wink
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 8:02PM
Terrific shot !!!!.......gorgeous quality, with lovely tonal range.....impressive piece of work Dougie !!!
4 Dec 2012 9:37PM
Excellent mono, Dougie with v2 just edging it on detail and impact.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
5 Dec 2012 5:38AM
I do prefer v2 for the sky details

andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 7:46AM
Mono doing what mono does best... a shot with a lovely atmosphere and a beautifully balanced composition. My preference is for the higher contrast of v2. But I am a high contrast kind of guy Wink

CliveA 12 5 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 11:56AM
v1 with v2 sky and plain rice Wink
Excellent shot and no mistake.
C l i v e
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 12:36PM
This really works for me Dougie. The reeds puncturing that smooth water looks beautiful. I prefer V1.
5 Dec 2012 5:20PM
Great image, looks powerful in mono!
moiral 7 12 Scotland
5 Dec 2012 10:34PM
I prefer 2 Dougie. I think it makes the reflection slightly more pronounced. Moira
Andy many thanks for your User Award, I'm way behind with my page.

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