Reply To: Black & White

Duncan Rawlinson

Hi Carolyn,

Thanks for submitting your assignment.

Given the nature of the assignment was to shoot a photography with a wide tonal range and an uneven tonal balance slanted towards the black end, you’ve done really really well here.

Here is the EXIF data for this photo:

Date Time Original: 2013:11:30 07:06:57
Exposure Time: 1/40
F Number: f / 6.30
Exposure Program: Manual
ISO Speed Ratings: 2500
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal Length: 50mm
White Balance: Auto white balance
Model: NIKON D7000
LensInfo: 180/10 1050/10 35/10 56/10
LensModel: 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Lens: 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Exif Version:
Color Space: 65535
Pixel X Dimension: 1024
Pixel Y Dimension: 768
Date Time Digitized: 2013:11:30 07:06:57
Subsec Time Original: 2
Subsec Time Digitized: 20
Shutter Speed Value: 5.32
Aperture Value: 5.31
Max Aperture Value: 4.60
Light Source: Unknown
Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor
File Source: DSC
Scene Type: Directly photographed
CFA Pattern: 914
Custom Rendered: Normal process
Exposure Mode: 1
Digital Zoom Ration: 1
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 75mm
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Gain Control: High gain up
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Subject Distance Range: Unknown
Image Width: 1024px
Image Height: 768px
ExifIFDPointer: 344
BitsPerSample: 3
PhotometricInterpretation: 2
Orientation: 1
SamplesPerPixel: 3
X Resolution: 240
Y Resolution: 240
Resolution Unit: 2
Date Time: 2013:12:15 09:22:25
Software: Adobe Photoshop CC (Windows)
Artist: Carolyn Cogan
Copyright: ©Cogan & Cogan Inc
DateCreated: 2013-11-30T07:06:57.002-07:00

My only concern with this image is your use of high ISO. You should have a tripod around somewhere that you can use?

For something that doesn’t move like this you can generally use a tripod or use something else to stabilize your camera if you don’t have much natural light to work with. Or use some external light source.

The tonal range is great though and that’s what this assignment is all about. So job well done. I challenge you to work on this a little more and even resubmit more images here if you want though because this is a hard thing to learn. So keep practicing!