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Old Mar 26, 2010, 10:57 AM   #1
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Default My first Black and White wildlife shot.

I have over 60,000 wildlife shots archived, but I have never made use of black and white.

This is my absolute first b&w wildlife shot. (The color version had serious problems with color banding)

What do you guys think?






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Old Mar 26, 2010, 2:28 PM   #2
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Missing the head's reflection, Chato. Otherwise a nice pick.
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Old Mar 26, 2010, 5:38 PM   #3
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Why is it thought that if the color version (seen this statement a lot) is bad then B & W is the fix all?
In B & W fine art film days pictures were composed with the thought of how the B & W would look when printed, even though the scene was being viewed in color. There is much more to taking a B & W photo than just removing the color from a shot in PP.
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For me this doesn't do anything. It's not a silhouette and it's not got enough detail for a 'normal' photo. If going for silhouette then the background would need to be more interesting to make it work. As it stands it is an under exposed swan with half a reflection. I'm not saying that all shots like this need a full reflection, but when there is little else going on then that would have helped give it a lift.
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Old Mar 26, 2010, 6:36 PM   #5
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Thanks guys for the good feedback. As I've said, I've never used a Black and White image for wildlife. And I think Calicajun simply sums it up best by saying that if color doesn't work, why would B&W?

And thanks Ordo, yeah a head would have helped - Although there was no head reflection - That fact doesn't affect the shot...

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