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Challenge: Black & White II (Basic Editing I)
Collection: Flora
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Louisiana
Date: Nov 16, 2004
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/40 sec.
Galleries: Black and White, Floral
Date Uploaded: Nov 16, 2004

auto levels, converted to greyscale, custom b&w quadtone, resized, USM.

Place: 237 out of 636
Avg (all users): 5.3344
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 5.3056
Avg (non-participants): 5.3980
Views since voting: 956
Views during voting: 392
Votes: 314
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/12/2005 07:42:47 PM
Th bottom lightness bothers me and I would prefer it darker - but then I like a lot of contrast in my monos :)
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07/12/2005 06:41:34 PM
There is a tone-to-subject inversion going on here. While everything IN this shot screams "very nice", there is a primary contradiction that offers confusion. The lighter tones in B&W are nearly always "guides" to attract the eyes of the viewer to where the photographer wants them to go. At the same time, focus is a standard eye draw as well. You see the conflict here? The lighter tones in the back say, "Look here." while the foreground focus says, "Hey ... here." giving the effect of a duality in the center of the frame (which also calls the eye.) It almost appears your subject is sticking a white tongue out. This could be corrected by darkening the OOF midground vegetation and lightening the FG focused subject. Bringing the top border down a pinch to cut off about a half inch of the top of the rearmost frond while leaving its swirling shape will also serve to remove that element as a possible subject.
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07/12/2005 05:29:34 PM
B/W Club!

gosh. i just love this image (i just noticed that i was one of your three 10s :D ). the noise and dof really speak to me. the tones are just stellar and really run the gamut from white to black. excellent work!
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11/24/2004 11:08:57 AM
Greatly underated...58 - 4`s..unbelievable.
Lovely work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/23/2004 11:22:26 AM
it's nice the backgroungd is out of focus and the main part of the pic is in focus i totally get that and this it is rockin!!!
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11/22/2004 10:04:53 AM
Good detail catch.
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11/20/2004 03:07:32 PM
Bumping up.
Composition & tones are superb.
Well Done! ((9))
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11/19/2004 11:09:07 PM
Refreshingly beautiful, perfect technical, hope to see this place highly
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11/18/2004 08:59:38 PM
Nice astudy of form.
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11/17/2004 11:39:20 PM
How can you go wrong with unfurling fronds? Crop it closer and let it take over the picture. Nice detail in the foreground. The background is too much and too soft to complement your focal point, which is stunning by the way.
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11/17/2004 07:47:21 PM
Beautiful! :)
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11/17/2004 02:47:17 PM
Absolutely terrific range of tones from such rich black to beautiful whites. Nice use of shallow DOF to direct attention to foregound leaf and it's curled tip - also gives a delightful softness to the one at the top back. Composition is very strong indeed for me.
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11/17/2004 07:59:35 AM
nice lines and dof
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