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Photographer Mark Longo  Mark Longo {Karma:12760}
Project #18 Beneath Your Feet Camera Model Canon EOS 350D
Categories Macro
Nature
Still Life
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Portfolio Still Life
Lens Canon 17-85mm f/4 IS USM
Uploaded 11/5/2005 Film / Memory Type Digital
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About I don't shoot much B&W, mainly because I appear not to have trained my eye very well to it. This was shot as a B&W, rather than converted later. I used B&W to try and bring out the grain and create a mood for the bleak day this was. Added contrast in PS to enhance the wood's grain.
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Mark Longo Mark Longo   {K:12760} 11/7/2005
Thanks Bob, I appreciate your remarks. I admire black & white very much so I will stay at it, but it seems like such a vast area to go into, full of it's own techniques and quirks, a whole world in itself. It seems that choice of subject (or perhaps stylistic representation of subject) is key with B&W.

Best regards,
Mark

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Bob Walker Bob Walker   {K:1066} 11/6/2005
Hi Mark,
I think you picked the perfect subjects to work on your B/W techniques.
Wood, especially when aged, contain many subtle tones that I feel lend themselves well to the beauty of B/W.
The black background also works well here, forcing the attention on the wood and leaves.
Nice capture!

Best regards,
Bob

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Ferran Rial   {K:6670} 11/6/2005
Great shot Mark! I like the composition and the tones. Thanks for your comment on my picture.

best regrads,
ferran

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Mohamed Banna Mohamed Banna   {K:34237} 11/6/2005
amazing perfect well captured B&W composition
7/7

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Mark Longo Mark Longo   {K:12760} 11/6/2005
Yes I agree Yahya, I think a few less leaves and some smashed bits would have been a great idea. I could not see that when I short the photo. When I look through the camera I see only color. I have not yet learned to "see" the B&W tones. Thank you for this comment my friend, which is helpful.

Mark

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Yahya El Hosafy Yahya El Hosafy   {K:8369} 11/5/2005
very nice textures and framing Mark.
i go with philip, maybe there are so much leaves? or maybe cause they all look dry and hard textured? the wood is rough but its harmony and the 1 directions the fibers go makes it great to be a background element.
for me i would leave 2 leafs and alittle smashed pieces and remove the rest. MAYBE that will do.
very well done.

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Philip Lindsay   {K:1748} 11/5/2005
sometimes a bit of lighting play in composing the shots or playing with the curves in ps afterward might help, remembering that contrast is inportant in black and white

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Mark Longo Mark Longo   {K:12760} 11/5/2005
Thanks for your comment, Philip. I think I see what you mean about the leaves being a little hard on the visual. It;s hard exactly to describe, but they do seem to make it a bit hard to look at somehow... I have looked at your portfolio and you B&W work is excellent, a form I only dabble in so far. Do you have any insight about what could make this shot easier on the eyes? Lower contrast? Or should I have simply cleared most of the leaves away?

Mark

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patrizio napolitano   {K:13119} 11/5/2005
una foto di grande atmosfera
patrizio

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Barry Wakelin   {K:7838} 11/5/2005
Very nice toning and the composition works very well.

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AlZahraa Sulie AlZahraa Sulie   {K:7255} 11/5/2005
Great close up
i like the sharpness of the image
and the clarity of the details.

Good work!
Z.S

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Philip Lindsay   {K:1748} 11/5/2005
the mood is good and oh that grain, the leaves are a little hard on the visual though

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 11/5/2005
Very good composition - the gap in the wood seems to act as a leaf magnet. Some ideas are better expressed in B & W, when color is not the purpose, but line and shape and contrasts. Well done, Mark!

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Rashed Abdulla Rashed Abdulla   {K:163889} 11/5/2005
wonderful b/w image,great details and beautiful tone,very best regards.

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