Lessong 9 – Black & White Photography

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    A local public garden here, which is bursting with colour, so presented a challenge for seeing in tones.


    Duncan Rawlinson

    Great work with this assignment.

    However, it’s not a black and white photograph but a monochromatic photograph made up of gradients of blue. I’m not sure if this happened because you applied a filter in post production above the desaturate layer which caused a coloration of your black and white image, or if you did this in camera. Either way, it still gets the point across.

    You’ve managed to capture a wide spectrum of tones in this image. Your bright whites are not only found in your sky, but also in smaller amounts on the ground and in the candle wax. Some of your deepest and most rich blacks are found the candle holder itself, but blacks can also be found on the ground and in the tree bark.

    The image is slanted towards the dark end of the spectrum which makes it more a low key photograph. However, you do have enough gray tones and whites that it’s not as moody or dark as most low key images. One way isn’t right over the other. It’s just an observation.

    You’ve also carried forward a lot of compositional elements from previous assignments into this assignment. For instance:

    1. Your object placement abides by the rule of thirds.
    2. Your horizon line is located in the top 2/3rds of your photograph
    3. You’ve created depth with a strong foreground / middle-ground and background
    4. You’ve used a shallow depth of field to help you isolate your main area of interest.

    Overall great job.

    I’ve attached the levels reading for this image so you can see how many pixels were represented in each tone.

    All the best!

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