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The Old "Grayscale" Mare
The Old "Grayscale" Mare

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Challenge: Black and White in Color (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Near Sanford, Colorado
Date: Jul 24, 2006
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2006

I took pictures of a couple of different black and white horses for this challenge. This is the one I liked the best, it really looks like it is a grayscale horse. The paint black and white horses are nice, too - however, the grayscale look of this mare really appeals to me.

My husband drove me around a lot looking for black and white things for this challenge. I was hoping to find a skunk but we only saw dead ones on the road. Saw a couple of cute cats but thought they might be too common in the challenge. Thought of an idea with dominoes but I don't enjoy doing set up shots inside that much - too much hassle with the lighting.

Editing: Crop; adjustment layers for levels & curves (maybe contrast, too - can't remember for sure); noise removal with Helicon; resize, smart sharpen, sharpen tool on eyes, nose & mane; blur tool on upper background and lower front under horse's mouth.

Place: 74 out of 263
Avg (all users): 5.6169
Avg (commenters): 6.1250
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Views since voting: 753
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 261
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/29/2006 08:33:29 PM
Funny title. :)

Ordinarily, I'd suggest framing the horse's head further in. But the face is so dead square-on facing the camera that it makes a really nice stopping point as my eye sweeps up the body. And for this challenge in particular, it's great to fill nearly the entire width with B&W.

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07/29/2006 04:43:40 PM
I believe the intention of the challenge was to take a b&w photo in color mode. This is why desaturation was discouraged. To make it more challenging. I don't think the challenge was to shoot a color photo with b&W in it. It may be a suttle difference in interpretation.
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07/28/2006 11:58:38 AM
very nice grayish
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07/27/2006 09:05:21 PM
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07/27/2006 12:53:44 PM
very nice composition, i like the DOF.
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07/26/2006 08:09:51 PM
Very nice photo... 9
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07/26/2006 03:04:54 PM
Very beautiful colors, good focus. The angle of horse feels too much 90°. In this situation i would go for portrait.7
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07/26/2006 09:25:34 AM
Grayscale that I have does not have any green on it. Nice pic of the mare.
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07/26/2006 02:01:15 AM
Great Job!
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