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By TOTON2017
I was just checking how it will look in Black and White.

Tags: Black and white Watch

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dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 676 England
17 Mar 2020 10:25PM
It's a good subject for mono, all shapes and lines, though if the subject is gold then the warmth of colour is missing.

We really need to see the colour original here in the Critique Gallery especially when you're asking about a mono image.

Do you think it works, and what are you happy or unhappy with?
Doed the iomage look stronger (make more of an impression with the viewer) in mono. Answer that and you'll know if it works or not, for you at least.

You can upload a copy of the original as a modification yourself. I trust you do have the colouir orignal. Some detail on how you convertesd the image would also be helpful for us to give you suggestions.

That also means we can suggest alternative mono conversions.

The white area at the to of the image is a distraction. I'd make the hole background darker to emphasise the subject.
On the other hand, having a much larger area of white so the subject stands out is an alternative.
That's all to be done at the taking stage.

All those white specks look messy. I don't know if they're part of what you've placed the watch on or ifit's dust. Either way, not attractive and drawing attention from the clean linesof the watch.
So make sure the area around the subject is clean before yu start.

The narrow depth of field is a creative choice but it doesn;t always look so good.
Having the watch face plane parllel to the camer would mean it would all be sharp and the strap out of focus, more pleasing I think.
On balance I'd go for a smaller aperture if you wanbt to shoot at an angle.
talking of which, this angle looks half hearted, as though the watch has not been carefully placed. Shooting at a more acute angle and carefully focussing on the hands, rather than the nearest edge of the face, would be more interesting.

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dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1666 England
17 Mar 2020 10:42PM
I've just commented on your last upload, and the same comment about focus applies here. You need to choose precisely where you want the image sharp, and get that right.

With such an extreme closeup, it's sensible to use a tripod, and htis allows you to choose aperture as you want, and low ISO for maximum quality.

Here, it's annoying that the zone of sharp focus doesn't include the name on the watch, and that there's a large bright area behind hte watch, as well as some imperfections in the surface the watch is lying on... The dust is hard to see, but a professional will make sure most of it isn't there, and edit out the few remaining specks.

My suspicion is that the watch would look more natural right way up, rather than on its side.

Any shot like this brings advertising images to mind - and they are always styled and detailed to perfection. Generally, you need to meet that bar, or else make the shot reportage: tell a story, not just show a watch on a table.

That sounds harsh - but I think it's how many will see the shot.
pablophotographer 9 1.6k 376
18 Mar 2020 12:14AM

I shall brake down my critique into aspects of the picture.

Frame: A tighter frame without the white area in the background would be looking better. Dark all around and bright where it matters. The face of the watch...

Focus: I think the name of the watch should be clearly visible. Look how much sharp the the bracelet on the right is. The brand should be as clearly visible.

Light: Is it natural? It comes from the left. But if it is not bright enough (and you need a high ISO) to light the scene introduce some! Use a table lamp, or even a flashlight.

Colour: Some subjects look better in mono. Some look better in colour. Try both and you will develop after time the understanding of what colour option suits each of your subjects.


chase Plus
14 1.6k 382 England
18 Mar 2020 11:40AM
Watches are always interesting.
However this image seems far too busy/messy with all the different shapes and shades in the bg and where the watch is sitting.
The dof you have used is too narrow, as has been mentioned, for me, all the face needs to be in focus, then the bracelet will be on a much better focal plane too.
Have a look at this members' image, I know it's different but may give you ideas.
Robert51 11 7 101 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2020 12:45PM
Great image captures the idea that we all have time on our hands at present...

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