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Harmony in Black and White

Harmony in Black and White
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-06-22
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): posts with a difference [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-07 9:00
Viewed: 3743
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I would post something different today. I chose the title in honor of the dawn of a new era! I have gotten behind with posts and critiques due to dealing with PTEE (post traumatic election elation)! : ) I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but I think all would have to agree that "the times they are a-changin' "

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To mbasil: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 11-12 09:26
To Adanac: Heck NoAdanac 2 11-09 11:41
To Adanac: Thanks for the CritiquesEvelynn 1 11-09 07:24
To SunToucher: Thanks for the CritiquesEvelynn 1 11-08 14:50
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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-07 9:10]

Hi Evelynn,
The scenery is beautiful, I like your presentation in BW, I am sure it looks great in colored version too. POV, DOF and composition are lovely. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Evelynn,
You have caught a clever combination of contrasts in this one. The flower in the foreground healthy and lively and the barren and rugged mountain range at back. Cracking quality of detail! I agree with your note.....I think we all need a bit of a rest from the recent events!
Regards, David

A beautiful mountain scene in B&W with great graphical impact Evelynn, hope the near future will prove you right in your PTEE!

Beautiful B&W picture.I like it .congratulations.

Nice framing and really good b+w treatment. It works really well here with patches of snow.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-07 10:54]

Hello Evelynn! I don't know how it can be but I always found that B&W landscape pictures always look sharper than the others. This one is great exemple of this. The overall sharpness is just fantastic and the details and contrasts are breathtaking! I love it, you did great again.


In 2004 I was typing on a computer in another room, but as I heard the keynote speech...I turned computer off and listened..I called Illinois to order Obama for Senate..they wondered at why I would want one in Washington...I said "Because that man is going to be President"...Absolutely true story....

You sure picked a good image to do in B&W...and I would venture to say it is only one tonal away from an Ansel shot...Because silver film and rag paper with hand mixed chemicals is the only way a Zone V image can be taken... it is mathematically imposable to get 100% Ansel in digital...but this is close enough!
PS I am chuckling...Bill Gates has some catching up to do...my Windows spell checker doesn't recognize the name Obama:-)

Hi Evelynn,

Beautiful black & white. The treatment is successful, it highlighted the contrast. I like the landscape in black & white. This allows us to focus on lines and shape of the composition and not just colors.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-07 11:43]

On behalf of the UK, THANK YOU for choosing the right man at last ;o) Let's hope he's as good as we all hope he is.
Anyway, what a majestic shot! Awesome! In True ansel adams style, you have cuaght the granduer of this scene perfectly. Excllent POV and exposure, a very good example of B & W used in the right way in the right context.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-07 12:36]

Hi Evelynn

I hope the new era will bring better things for the future for you and, of course, everyone :) With this in mind, i support the title and presentation for this post of yours.

I like the overall look of the scene here. The 3 main parts - the immediate FG, the beautiful coniferous tree forest and the big mountains in the BG - look terrific one after the other and compose a beautiful image in the viewer's head.
The B&W conversion works well here. I recently tried some, too, on few of my shots and i found out it's a lot more difficult than i thought :) So congrats there, as well!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Evelynn,
It was a good idea to present this nice photo in B&W, contrast and sharpness are irreproachable
Well done
Have a nice W-E

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  • Selmik (67)
  • [2008-11-08 6:03]

Hi Evelynn,
B & W is perfect match for this mountain photo.It only underlines more its natural beauty,reminds me some of our beautiful places in the Rockies.
Thank You.

Hi Evelynn,
I am surprised to see you do a B&W photo. I can't remember when you did your last one. Its also surprising to see it after so many very colorful photos. I've got a feeling that your choise to go mono on this photo is good. It allows for a more restful photo where the details and shapes play a more important role. I really like the lighting on the tree tops and the darkness of their shadows. The texture in the mountain is super and I like how the snow seems to pop. I can't say that I am font of the sky though. Its grey tone is a bit too close to the tone of the rock. Which color channel did you use for the sky?

I'm a huge fan of B/W... this one is done exceptionally well. Good lighting angle and composition. Really supper shot!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-08 12:07]

Hi Evelynn. I think a lot of people over here were intereted in the result this time. Back to your picture with the fine compostion. looks good in BW to me. I have yet to try BW i must have a go. TFS.
PS i hope the PTEE has now gone. !!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-08 19:22]
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Hi My Friend,
This is very unusual for my colorful Evelynn, but is BEAUTIFUL. The great contrast and scene is wonderful, thank you Evelynn. Please give Obama time I hope you won't be disappointed if it takes him awhile to make changes, I think he will need a second term.

Hello Evelynn

The elation is felt in many places.
The choice of Black and white is a wonderful one.
"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop.
And I don't mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land! "
Thanks for this inspiring post.

Hi Evelynn,

nice landscap in black and white.
beautiful pov.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-09 22:30]

Hi Evelynn!

It's fine also to post different subjects and techniques. That makes a photographer interesting. I believe it is a good subject for a black and white conversion. Generally, mountains allow fine b&w conversions. The composition with the flowers in the foreground and the mountain in the background is classical, yet very pleasant.

Kind regards


Hey, Evelynn.
I thought I recognized this spot! Well captured, especially with the clouds around the peak (I'm blanking on the name right now).

I think it works amazing in B&W (though I bet it looks great in color, too). I'm ok with the darkness of the sky (perhaps because I'm such a blue sky with polarizing filter kind of guy), and because those clouds give a bit of better separation with the peak.

If youi can find it, I wouldn't mind seeing the original color version as a WS.


P.S. I remember watching Obama's nomination speech for Kerry. I called the wife into the room and said "this guy is amazing. He's going somewhere" But even I didn't expect it to happen so quickly! (I thought it would be a Clinton-Obama ticket).

Times are changing, and this change is as beautiful as your past photos. I love the contrast and the BW conversion. The exposure on the whites are perfect. Perfect photo.


Nice framing and really good b+w treatment. It works really well here with patches of snow.

Hi Evelynn,
yes the times are a changing and would of anyway regardless who got to be prez.Speaking of change this photo is a bit of a departure from the coloured ones you upload and I like it very much.A photo in black and white often has a power that is missed by using colour and this capture shows the power of solid massive mountains with strong shadows and highlights.There is excellent field of depth in this shot and much detail to cause one's eye to linger on it and the use of the monochrome gives an ageless feel to the composition.I have read that using a red filter while shooting
black and white can really add punch to a photo and many of the best films of the 1940s used red filters.Have you ever tried coloured filters? A fine and attractive photograph to have shared with us,thank you. Bob

hello evelynn,
this is beautiful, your choice of monochrome has given this capture a different appeal, i liked the shades, the framing and the composition very much,
tfs & regards

Hello Evelynn,
That's million dollar B&W composition of this very scenic location at Montana. From foreground flowers till peak all are having superb sharpness & under excellent DOF. TFS.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-11 8:03]

I meant to get back on this wonderful picture, Evelynn, as this is stunning and beautiful to contemplate. I love the small flowers in front of the huge mountains yet seemingly as big. The beautiful conifers in the middle confer drama with the shadow and light play in them. The atmosphere seems limpid and the light to travel with ease in your picture! Thank you, it is superb,


Hi Evelyn,
Je regrette presque le noir et blanc tant la paysage semble ici se prêter à la couleur...
Magnifique paysage en tout cas

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