Old 02-13-2006, 01:58 AM   #1
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Rejected for being too dark, but it is a black and white shot taken on a rainy night. It can't be too light, so I'm eithr appealing or saving for my personal collection. Opinions? Ween?


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Old 02-13-2006, 02:10 AM   #2
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Rejected for being too dark, but it is a black and white shot taken on a rainy night. It can't be too light, so I'm eithr appealing or saving for my personal collection. Opinions? Ween?


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I've been getting this alot lately. I've been taking B/W photos in perfect light but always get rejected for being too dark, I don't think there's anything you can do about this one, but maybe somebody else has something to say that would help both of us.
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Old 02-13-2006, 03:02 AM   #3
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I like the shot. Havent even attempted night shots or true B&W shots yet. I like the photo however, Im not too far from Lancaster.
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Old 02-13-2006, 03:30 AM   #4
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It does seem a tad (just a tad) on the dark side. It's also leaning ever slightly to the right (I realize the curve is banked, but based on the poles and signs to the left, it still looks like it's leaning).

I like the detail in the shot. Anyway it can be lightened at all without blowing it out?
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Lightening it up blows out the background. I decided to keep this one for my web site, but my wife really liked it as it was "not ordinar." fuente1, where are you? And just to note this shot was converted to black and white in post processing by desaturating it. My camera will not shoot in b&w.


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Old 02-13-2006, 03:54 AM   #6
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I'd crank up the contrast a bit. To make the photo perfect would be to have the headlight on, but alas, it was not to be. Crank up the contrast a bit and resubmit. My opinion is that "dark" was checked instead of "contrast". The composition and concept is really good.
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Crank up the contrast a bit and resubmit.
Well, that's a good sign!!!
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:59 AM   #8
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I appreciate the feedback I got here. Keeping in mind that I said I was not going to rework the picture, I reworked the picture, going back to the original, rotating the shot 1.2% this time instead the even 1% last time. I tried to crop it just as I did the first time, but I didn't go crazy comparing the two shots side by side to make sure it was exact. Obviously, I converted it back to b&w. The shot simply does not work in color and to me, is more striking and unusual in b&w. I also took J.E. Landrum's advice and upped the contrast which then allowed me to lighten the shot a tad more without blowing the background out too much. And it worked!

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Old 02-14-2006, 08:13 PM   #9
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i like the original better myslef. The side of the lead unit got too washed out in the new one. The lights in the bottom left also kinda blew out a bit too much i think. other than that the new one is good. the background definitaly got better. either way i like the shot.
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