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    The Golden Hour in Black & White

    I was out shooting some landscapes with my 50 mm a couple of weeks ago. I like this shot in b&w better than in colour, and am curious to know how it looks to you. Have I gone too heavy on the blacks? Any and all comments welcome.

    ISO 200, f/8, 1/40 Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8D
    The Golden Hour in Black & White

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    Willie or Jiro is fine by me.

    Re: The Golden Hour in Black & White

    Hello, Janis. I like it. I always love the idea of highlighting a lonely chair or a bench in a photograph. I am not so sure if you have gone too heavy on the blacks. What I could probably comment on is that the main subject (was it the lonely bench?) needs to have more light to create a stronger reaction to me as a viewer. The hanging branches seems to be too closing in on the bench that gets more attention instead of me focusing my attention and reaction to the bench. Although I know it's very hard to make everything right naturally with nature, what I would probably do is to trim down the hanging vines a little bit and then open up the area on the bench by brightening it up on the post processing. Something like this. If the bench is not your main subject, then kindly pardon the edit.

    The Golden Hour in Black & White

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    Re: The Golden Hour in Black & White

    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    Something like this.
    You're right, Willie. That certainly looks a lot cleaner. But also a lot of work !
    I have to say I myself regretted posting that version as soon as I did it. I had been playing around with the Highlights & Shadows tool in Aperture and I think I didn't do a very good job with the tonal contrast. I think I will start over from scratch and pay attention to what is happening in the whole of the picture.

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