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Walter_S Apr 8, 2010 10:22 AM

B&W ice-floes comin down the river...
I feel rather daring today, so I'll risk a slap across the wrist from you guys. Black and White is not exactly my everyday medium and I have a lot of respect for those of you who have mastered its secrets, like Kevin, Dustin, Ancientritual and lately also Markus is showing some prospects in that direction.

This is actually a "spin-off" of the HDR-thread: and is from the same photo-shoot.
I am not sure, but I was about to crop thightly on the top, cutting away all the clouds as I feel maybe they attract too much attention, but I chickened out at the last minute....:icon_rolleyes:

What say y?


Walter C Apr 8, 2010 3:40 PM

No, Walter, I think you got it just right....again!!

Hards80 Apr 8, 2010 3:46 PM


there is no fear of wrist slapping here. I think you have done a good job with this black and white shot. it is easy to tell that you started off with a well exposed image, which resulted in a good tone range for the mono.

I would not crop off the top, the sky gives the shot its depth. if anything i am not sure you need the very bottom portion of the frame, you could have cropped just above the very closest ice-flow leaving the 2nd set of ice as the foreground. i think it could work either way though.

i love black and white shots, this one was a good one. keep doing more please :)
i would have done a little bit of post to knock down the blown highlights on the side of the ice, it draws my eye a bit too much. its a small area, should not be a problem to fix it.

maggo85 Apr 9, 2010 10:28 AM

Walter... what can I say... nice to see a b&w from you! And I think you've done really well - it's a fantastic photo with good contrast and (as usual) great composition!

But I'm glad you didn't crop the sky - I think it adds to the shot. Maybe you could try Dustin's cropping suggestion with the bottom... I think that would work!!

Vielen Dank für dieses schöne Foto!
Thank's a lot for sharing!


simple Apr 9, 2010 10:35 AM

a nice shot walter once again :) as a kinda 3d feel to it really like how the broken ice leads you into the picture and then to the horizon

Mugmar Apr 9, 2010 7:57 PM

I like this one WalterS. As I read you comments then studied the picture my thought was to crop out the ice at the very bottom. Dustin beat me to it though :) Great work keep working on the B & W!

Walter_S Apr 10, 2010 3:59 PM

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Much obliged for all of your kind comments, guys!

I dont really know what I am doing when I convert into B&W - but then I dont often know what I am doing when doing colors neither......:laughing-smiley2:

Just a lucky strike sometimes.

have a nice week-end, everybody!

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I still would have preferred another smooth sky in this picture.....about as smooth as that strech of water in the mid-ranges her.


mtngal Apr 11, 2010 6:48 PM

I can't believe I didn't make a comment to this thread - I love the picture. While I prefer this new one, I didn't have a problem with the first one, either.

ronin2307 Apr 12, 2010 11:02 AM

as somebody who is biased towards B+W and sepia type of shots, I love this. I do like the second one better however. It gives me more of a chilly feeling than the first one

Ordo Apr 12, 2010 11:13 AM

I like this new version Walter. Contrast and sharpness much improved.

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