B&W Cornish landscapes

Discussion in 'Photography' started by George Farmer, 2 Aug 2009.

  1. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    These are my first attempts at some B&W landscape conversions. It's harder than I thought. I think I need some more dramatic skies perhaps?

    Surf school in bad (or is it good?) weather
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    Walkers near Mullion Cove
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    Farm gate at sunset
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  2. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    Great captures George, love the two panoramic photos, the atmosphere is great in both :) and I like the last one very much, B&W did capture some great texture and fine detail on that last one, congrats :)
     
  3. Simon D

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    It sets a mood (for me), I feel cold just looking at them.

    Don't get me wrong, I think that's an excellent achievement and therefore does what it's supposed to do. If I saw the same images in colour they would probably have the opposite effect.

    Great work George!
     
  4. BigTom

    BigTom Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Like the two panos a lot, but somewhere along the line your conversion/processing seems to have done something a little weird to the sky.
     
  5. Dave Spencer

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    I like the surfing pic most. It has a lot of interest in it.

    I am glad I`m not the only one that photographs old wooden gates. Old doors with flaking paint are a favourite of mine, too. :geek:

    Dave.
     
  6. john starkey

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    Hi George,I like the surfing one too,but to my eye they all look ok,
    there is a special feature on how best to approach black and White pics in this months practical photograhpy magg,
    regards john.
     
  7. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    great shots george, the surf one i like best too. I like the effect of the people in silhouette
     
  8. Dan Crawford

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    They look lovely George, the surf shot looks really dramatic, my favorite is the fence, dunno why but i really really like it :D
     
  9. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Thanks, guys!

    The gate shot is ten exposures and HDR processed in Photomatix Pro before converting to B&W, hence the detail in the grass. I deliberately over-sharpened to try and get a real crisp look but it may be overdone for most tastes.

    My favourite is the surfers, followed by the walkers (my eldest daughter and cousin). I'm entering a local photography contest held at at my village horticultural show and these two shots will form my B&W landscape entries, unless I get something better in the meantime.

    Other categories include flora & fauna, action, b&w portrait, kids portrait, village life, sunset and sunrise, travel and holiday and a few more.

    I'm entering all categories with two entries in each, so I'm hopeful for a good score! I was in Afghanistan during last year's show so have no idea of the standard, so it will be interesting whatever happens...
     

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