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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Recent B&W images


My first post ever. Just a few recent B&W images. Critique away.






















Oct 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Recent B&W images


Not quite sure what the last one is, but I like its tones. Not diggin' the toning on the first one. The set presents some insight into your "voice" and aesthetic.

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Oct 22, 2012 at 03:14 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Recent B&W images


Thanks rustybug, much appreciated. The last one is actually an old uprooted log surrounded by driftwood. And yeah, I think I've been a little 'split-tone happy' these days and am taking it a little too far.


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RustyBug wrote:
Not quite sure what the last one is, but I like its tones. Not diggin' the toning on the first one. The set presents some insight into your "voice" and aesthetic.

BTW ... WELCOME TO FM !!!


+1... I like the growth rings and flower, but the other two need explanation, which distract from the image...



Oct 22, 2012 at 02:36 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Recent B&W images


oldrattler wrote:
+1... I like the growth rings and flower, but the other two need explanation, which distract from the image...



Yeah, the first one is the bark of a fir tree but I definitely understand what you're getting at. I had a difficult time with that one because it was about the interesting textures when I shot it but I didn't know if I should give it more context to minimize confusion.



Oct 22, 2012 at 06:06 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Recent B&W images


Welcome!

The first has nice shape and texture but looks a bit dull, probably because it doesn't use the full density range. Compare the levels of the first with the fourth image. Easy to correct with a levels adjustment layer and dragging the right setting a little to the left.

The composition of the second may not be the strongest. Consider some cropping variations and perhaps reduce the eye-grabbing bokeh highlight to the right of the clover flower.

The wood checking is a nice pattern and I'd specially suggest keeping it as a good texture image for future composites.

The fourth is nicely rendered, but too random to be a texture and I can't pick out a visual anchor to establish a meaning, although I'd suggest it might seem more stable and grounded if inverted.




Oct 22, 2012 at 08:44 PM





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