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B&W Experiment!

B&W Experiment!
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Copyright: Doug Whincup (dougsphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 5 N: 190] (849)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-08-08 1:28
Viewed: 3249
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have played a little with this one and am not quite sure what I think of it!

It's on the northern Cornish coast a good few miles round from Lands End, a lovely dramatic stretch...

As you can hopefully see I was trying to convey a moody appearance in "Bleak House" kind of style!

Added a little grain, did a little dodging and burning on the clouds / sea (just to accentuate what was already there) as I loved the three clouds and the shadows they were making on the sea.

Anyway let me know what you think. Thanks for looking.

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Hi Doug,
Long time no see. Good to see you experimenting with B&W as well. I have to say, I really like the tonal range of the land in this photo. The shades and reflections on the calm see are stunning as well. Contrast and sharpness are superb. I only would have toned down the brightness of the top part of the clouds a bit more.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-08 2:21]
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Hi Doug,
really very nice, the ambience is great and there's lots of detail in the headland here. My favourite part has to be the sky though, the soft shadows from the clouds on the sea is very moody. 2 posts in 2 days? Be careful, it could become a regular thing..;o)

Hi Doug,

I like the result. Clouds in the BG with their shadow work very well.



Hello Doug.
I love B&W landscapes and seascapes. You've done well with this one. It's not easy to impress people with B&W's. But it wins me. I like the clouds and the composition. Some might say you split the scene with the horizon in the middle. Usually a no-no. But heae in a panoramic composition like this it works well. Well done.
Best regards, Steve.

I like the wide range of values you managed in this B & W image. The upper clouds are maybe a little OE ?? I find the composition just a tad static. The horizon splits the image almost exactly in half and the dark land mass takes up about one fourth of the frame. There is such great detail in the land section that I would like to see more of it. I think sharp details can make B & W images very effective. I tried an alternate crop which probably does not convey the mood you were striving for but is just another idea.

Evelynn : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-06 9:05]

Hi Doug

This is a splendid shot and a very succesfull b&w experiment if you ask me!
The contrast created here between the cliffs and the clouds is terrific and very eye-catchy. Also, the shades in the couds themselves are awesome and add a lot of 3D feel to them.
The difference between the grass and stony areas are also very attractive and add to the overall texture, while that small old building way on the right side is a small element, but one with a big importance to the composition (even if it's not 100% treknature material :))
So, overall: wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

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