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    My very first attempts at photographing graffiti. What do you think? Would it have more effect in colour?
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    Re: Graffiti

    Love it!

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    Greetings Kristina, neat shot. This is an artistic shot of an artistic subject - if you think combined you're telling the story you intended to, I'd leave it as-is (monochrome). For me personally, maybe a little more of the message on the wall (composition), less harsh of an angle (running down the wall shot perhaps), and color (if possible). From the looks of it you're under an overpass so lighting could be a challenge (light to dark to light again); is that why you were not happy with your color version / switched to mono.?

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    Kristiina

    Very good first posting onto CiC. I like your approach is setting it at the angle you have.

    You have posted it at quite a small size. I think it would have more impact if we could see it a larger size.

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    Re: Graffiti

    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoRob View Post
    Greetings Kristina, neat shot. This is an artistic shot of an artistic subject - if you think combined you're telling the story you intended to, I'd leave it as-is (monochrome). For me personally, maybe a little more of the message on the wall (composition), less harsh of an angle (running down the wall shot perhaps), and color (if possible). From the looks of it you're under an overpass so lighting could be a challenge (light to dark to light again); is that why you were not happy with your color version / switched to mono.?
    Thanks for the comments! I think I wasn't happy with the colour version mostly because most of the graffiti was in black and silver, except some bright blue and white dots. But those dots didn't have the same effect on the photograph than they do in the real life graffiti. So it just seemed to suit better to turn it into black&white.

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    Kristiina

    Very good first posting onto CiC. I like your approach is setting it at the angle you have.

    You have posted it at quite a small size. I think it would have more impact if we could see it a larger size.
    Thank you! I will try to remember to post bigger images next time.

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    Re: Graffiti

    How about sharing a coloured version too? Would love to see it.

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    Re: Graffiti

    Here's the colour version.

    [IMG]Graffiti[/IMG]

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    Re: Graffiti

    Hi Kristina,

    much prefere the B&W version the WB doesnt look correct to me on this one

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    Re: Graffiti

    I'm just wondering.. Isn't white balance one of those "creative tools" with what to show the emotion etc. Or is it something totally fixed, that it has to be in a certain way to be correct?

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    Re: Graffiti

    Quote Originally Posted by krissi27 View Post
    I'm just wondering.. Isn't white balance one of those "creative tools" with what to show the emotion etc. Or is it something totally fixed, that it has to be in a certain way to be correct?
    Kristiina

    You are quite correct. The photographer does have licence to create the image that he or she considers correctly represented the vision that he or she had for the final image. And not everyone will share that vision.

    I do think that for a range of subjects in particular lighting condition then it does need to be 'correct' in the sense of being accurate and true. This is where grey cards, or white balance cards, come into to play, or where the judgement of the photographer in adjusting white balance is important.

    There are also situations in which is would be silly to set the 'correct' white balance; e.g. a candlelit scene.
    Last edited by Donald; 31st October 2011 at 06:22 PM.

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