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Old Dec 17, 2009, 8:31 AM   #1
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I've been inspired by some of the B&W photo on this site expecially the ones that give you an eerie feeling when you look at them. So I thought I'd give it a shot and ask if there is something that I should or should not do.

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Old Dec 17, 2009, 9:44 AM   #2
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This is the original photo uncroped.

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Old Dec 17, 2009, 10:11 AM   #3
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The b&w version is somewhat burned to my taste but much better than the color version.
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Old Dec 17, 2009, 2:36 PM   #4
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i agree it is burned out ..... but if your happy with it then that is all that counts... my 5 min quick take a bit too sharp though

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Old Dec 17, 2009, 2:59 PM   #5
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or from my archives

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It looks as if you have carried this photo in your wallet the last 15 years!
Good edit, Simon!



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Old Dec 17, 2009, 4:07 PM   #7
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i will be honest here. i don't really see any mood in this shot, no matter how you edit. its pretty much a straight on shot of an old house.

it really lacks a creative composition or unique perspective.

the mood imparted in a black and white shot is not just from the processing, it has to start with a photograph with a mood, one that will be enhanced by the processing. taking a shot without much mood and just converting to black and white is not sufficient.
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Thank you for your replies.

I see what Ordo and Simple mean with burned and I am applied to agree. I really like what you did with the picture #2, simple, gave it an authentic appearance.

Yes Hards80, the picture does lack some creative composition and was taken with thought of experimenting. The mood of a picture can be greatly enhanced by processing, Iíve done it quite a few times, but thatís in colour. B&W gives a different challenge since one only operates with white, gradations of gray, and black. I havenít experimented much with B&W, but I do believe that the house has potential to be used to make an eerie atmosphere. Though I might have to go back in different lighting to fore fill this potential, just as well the house is just down the road from where I live.

So I guess it back to the drawing board and out into the office again. My experiment will continue, but maybe with a different motive or same motive different lighting.

Again, thank you for your comments I really do appreciate them.
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I think I'll have to bite the dust and say that your absolutely right Hards80, this picture isn't worth the effort.

So I'll go out into the office and put a more effort into shooting a ďmoodyĒ picture.
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alasdair you have done right posting the image , it is the best way to learn keep em coming
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