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Image Title:  Wood & Leaves
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 By: Mark Longo  
  Copyright ©2005

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Photographer Mark Longo  Mark Longo {Karma:12760}
Project #18 Beneath Your Feet Camera Model Canon EOS 350D
Categories Macro
Still Life
Film Format
Portfolio Still Life
Lens Canon 17-85mm f/4 IS USM
Uploaded 11/5/2005 Film / Memory Type Digital
    ISO / Film Speed 0
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Country - United States   United States
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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There are 14 Comments in 1 Pages
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,


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,


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,


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


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.



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.


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


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?



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


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


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!


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


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!


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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