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    I don't think I'm the best to comment on B&W so I'll just stick mostly to the composition on this one. On that it's ok but very standard with the angle of the tracks being almost dead center. I do like the very low angle though.
    I find the photo lacking any large interest for me personally. Tracks are just not enough I guess. For someone else, this may not be the case.
    I'm not sure the photo really justifies making it black and white as it lacks the strong black and white subjects/areas that seem to make a B&W standout.

    The 2nd photo of the sunset is nicely timed to get the bird in. With so little in features throughout, the bird adds some needed interest. It's shame the sunset wasn't a bit more spectacular. Looking at the starkness of the bird and the far shore I wonder if this one might have worked as a B&W. Just a thought from someone who isn't known for B&W though.

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    Welcome cadcamslave!

    The lines are a prominent feature in shot 1 and I like them, but overall i find the shot is missing something. I'd like the lines to lead somewhere, interesting, or colourful but they just lead to the distance with nothing to hold my eye. The sky in the shot is a bit 'weak' and needs more meat imo. This could have been accomplished with a polarizer during shooting or more burning in now in post.

    I like shot 2 as it's pretty peaceful. I wish the bird was sharper though.
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    just to add my 2 I'm wondering if the first shot in colour might add more textures. I see the trees to the sides, the wood and metal of the rails and I think that there might be some really cool textures there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Aussie View Post
    I don't think I'm the best to comment on B&W so I'll just stick mostly to the composition on this one. On that it's ok but very standard with the angle of the tracks being almost dead center. I do like the very low angle though.
    I find the photo lacking any large interest for me personally. Tracks are just not enough I guess. For someone else, this may not be the case.
    I'm not sure the photo really justifies making it black and white as it lacks the strong black and white subjects/areas that seem to make a B&W standout.

    The 2nd photo of the sunset is nicely timed to get the bird in. With so little in features throughout, the bird adds some needed interest. It's shame the sunset wasn't a bit more spectacular. Looking at the starkness of the bird and the far shore I wonder if this one might have worked as a B&W. Just a thought from someone who isn't known for B&W though.

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    Thanks for your input, I value it.

    For me the picture of the rails is kind of an emotional metaphor for life. Both my parents and my oldest son have been battling with cancer (going on 3 years now) so to me the black and white image represents that some times what keeps you going is to see what is on the other side of that rise. It is bleak and featureless but has a direction and the direction is to see whats over the hill. I am just starting to explore in black and white, so I try applying it to different images just to see the change in mood and texture.

    Again thanks for your warm welcome and input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko View Post
    Welcome cadcamslave!

    The lines are a prominent feature in shot 1 and I like them, but overall i find the shot is missing something. I'd like the lines to lead somewhere, interesting, or colourful but they just lead to the distance with nothing to hold my eye. The sky in the shot is a bit 'weak' and needs more meat imo. This could have been accomplished with a polarizer during shooting or more burning in now in post.

    I like shot 2 as it's pretty peaceful. I wish the bird was sharper though.
    Hope that helps - Marko
    The original image is a 9.8meg Nikon RAW file and the bird is sharper in it.

    Thanks for your input, I appreciate any and all I can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bambi View Post
    just to add my 2 I'm wondering if the first shot in colour might add more textures. I see the trees to the sides, the wood and metal of the rails and I think that there might be some really cool textures there.
    Here it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadcamslave View Post
    The original image is a 9.8meg Nikon RAW file and the bird is sharper in it.

    Thanks for your input, I appreciate any and all I can get.

    What do you think of this one?
    LOve it! How's that for a start

    VERY interesting composition here and I LOVE how the lines lead in the same direction as the man.

    I also find much symbolism in this photo either intentionally put there by you or projected by me, but either way for me this shot works big time.

    The treatment is interesting here as well.

    My 2 small comments would be the dock or object on the mid right edge - I'd clone that out. The sky looks like it has some noise or artifacting to my eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko View Post
    LOve it! How's that for a start

    VERY interesting composition here and I LOVE how the lines lead in the same direction as the man.

    I also find much symbolism in this photo either intentionally put there by you or projected by me, but either way for me this shot works big time.

    The treatment is interesting here as well.

    My 2 small comments would be the dock or object on the mid right edge - I'd clone that out. The sky looks like it has some noise or artifacting to my eye.

    Hope that helps - Marko
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    The watercolour is nice and has some dramatic lighting but doen't look much like a photo anymore. I'd call it mixed media.

    Nice fix on the shot that like. That one too is obviously processed but it feels less processed than the watercolour.

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