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No, I didn't rake it!!!  I have hardly taken any B&W photos, I don't feel very confident with it, so any honest feedback will be gratefully received and put to good use :)

natural zen

No, I didn't rake it!!!  I have hardly taken any B&W photos, I don't feel very confident with it, so any honest feedback will be gratefully received and put to good use :)

comments (12)

Hi Sarah! Lovely to see you!!

And this is a great post- a great composition... the only thing I might have done is darken the shadows a bit, adding a little contrast!
elleplate: Thanks elizabeth, I did up the contrast a bit, but I will try that, Thankyou!!
  • Lisl
  • Europe
  • 16 Jan 2015, 06:24
Good to see you again - keep the b & w coming!
elleplate: Hi Lisl, good to be here, but I'm never too sure how long i will manage to keep posting. Had a pretty tough past four months sad I've missed SC though!
Lovely capture Sarah! I would add a bit more contrast to darken it somehow.
elleplate: Thanks richard, i will give that a go
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Jan 2015, 06:29
This is actually quite wonderful Sarah, it is a study in light with an expanding sky. Take some more!
elleplate: The sky was lovely that day with some wonderful clouds. I shall keep trying to get out there chris, not been out with my camera since the summer - and this photo is from the summer before that!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Jan 2015, 08:18
I love the composition of this photo - maybe, I had darken a bit the image- you should ask Blackdog, he is the specialist ref. to B&W photos.
elleplate: Thanks Philine, I will try darkening it a bit, it does look a bit flat doesn't it. And I'll ask Blackdog smile
Looks good Sarah. I'd like to see more black in the shadows
elleplate: Thanks bill, that seems to be the general consensus, will give it a go!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jan 2015, 09:04
Hi Sarah. Just has a look in photoshop at your image. It is a little overexposed, so increasing the contrast to make it darker would correct that. It makes the clouds stand out more against the sky and increases the depth (through shadows) in the foreground. However, there are many tricks you can use if you have some good photo-editing software. Did you shoot in B&W or colour?

That said, the image as presented has a mood that is lost when the contrast is increased. It becomes less natural zen and more dynamic. A better photo isn't always the right photo.

I can send you the modified file if you are unsure about what I mean.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 16 Jan 2015, 09:17
Lovely pattern and a super photograph Sarah.
elleplate: Thankyou Chad, just not entirely happy with the end result!
I don't do B/W either so cannot help. I would love to see it in colour though because I can only imagine that sky.
elleplate: Thanks Mary, it was a lovely day and I had a happy hour wandering round the dunes
It is a fine image Sarah and you already know from other comments perhaps the shadows should be darkened down a bit which would add a bit more contrast overall.
i don't have any particular formula for b/w but this totally works for me, EP... love the cloud formations.

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