First Try at B&W

Discussion in 'The Black & White Gallery' started by CanadianMe, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. CanadianMe

    CanadianMe TPF Noob!

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    I thought I had posted this, seems I didn't or I posted in somewhere else lol. Anyway this is my first attempt at B&W on my new DSLR camera. I have a certain liking for B&W, the last time I did photography it was all Film and B&W. I would like to do more as I get to know my DSLR better but here is my first attempt. Constructive C&C is welcome, thanks for looking.

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    Nice shot :)
     
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    I think the fact that the shot is black and white works to the shot's advantage, but the right side of the shot is just too busy for me. The composition just seems a bit busy and chaotic to me.
     
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    Cropped version.

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  5. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, how did you do your first digital black and white photography then? Did you take a colour photo and convert it later in post processing software, or did you set your camera to taking only a black and white photo? If so, then I must say your camera produced a really pleasing result! I am not quite so happy with the photos taken in the b&w mode of my camera. Oh! Hang on! I never ever tried to put the dSLR into b&w :shock: ... so actually I don't even KNOW what directly taken b&w photos would look like :oops: ...

    Anyhow, this looks pleasing, and it shows that you have honed your "eye" for black and white photography in earlier times.

    With regards to its composition, I am not too happy with neither the first nor the second version, but then that is purely subjective and may go past all YOU had in mind for this photo. But I personally feel the "busy" part is the main subject, whereas the frozen lake is "only" the context, and if that is the case, then I feel there is too much context there, and the subject is moved quite far to one side.
     
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    I honestly think you over cropped it, Yes the first is busy on the one side of the vessel or building on the far end of the dock but not too much in my oppinion. In the cropped copy you have cut into the dock and thrown the balence off.

    I my self would only crop out some of either the ice or the sky and only a fraction of the the busy side, I'd only go as far as just removing what stubs (IE Boat hull and lamp) are at the edge of the frame.

    Would it be alright with you if I throw together demonstration of what I mean?
     
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    i like it the thing on the ice and the thing in the top right are distracting though, use healing tool
     
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    The cropping job was horrible, I just lopped it off lol. It throws the whole photo out of whach. Thanks for the comments.
     
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    Sure go ahead love to see how you would do it, this PHOTO is OK to crop. Would like to see how others would do it. Thanks.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Right-o.
    So this would be more towards my idea of composition ... which is pretty --- erm --- normal and boring, I'm afraid:

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    It does get rid of some of the extra and the slight trims works for me. Now I have somewhat a better idea what it does in B&W I can spend more time thinking of the Composition of the photo. For my first B&W photo in over 20 years I can live with the result lol. I am very happy with the B&W photos I get from my Camera now I know if a photo fails it is not the Camera but me . :D Had been curious what quality I would get because I still would enjoy doing B&W as I would doing colour. I am going to go over what Colour photos I have and see if some might be worth trying to convert to B&W. Just one more thing to try out. I think I can really like this hobby with all this new technology cameras have these days.
     
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    What is really cool also, is I know exactly where you took that shot. I can't wait for the warmer weather and go to the island again.
     

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