Sharply detailed, but with beautifully soft tones. I like the harmonious colours - all from the same part of the palette. Good work! Congratulations on the first place finish!
MichaelIsGreat2: Black and white means dead to me!! It has this false pretense of being artistic but it is not! In many ways, black and white pictures rob us of the reality, as we live in a colorful world, not in a black and white world.
This picture is a good example. We are basically rob of many beautiful colors and shades in the name of the pretentious idea that black and white pictures are artistic when they are not!!
Michael is Great!I make no claim that this is an artistic photo. It's just a cliché - a pretty nature scene that seemed suitable for the challenge theme. On BW versus colour - some photographs are actually improved by the removal of distracting colour to allow the viewer to focus on the lines, shapes, and tones. You can test this yourself - try viewing some of your favorite colour images in monochrome. It's just one more tool in the photographer's bag of tricks.Cheers,Steve
cjf2: My favourite photograph in these film challenges. Well done Steve.
Thank you, cjf2 !
"Strictly black and white images"
Photos made with black and white film only? Or photos made with film and printed/displayed in black and white?
One of my favorites when voting. I like the cropping - you've kept the verticals straight, and the image is nicely framed. The background haze adds to the depth and makes it seem that the crowd of humanity goes on forever. The telephoto compression is the perfect tool here. Excellent photo!
I don't know why this didn't finish in the top ten. It's got so much texture and detail, and the blue really is hypnotic. I thought it was an excellent photo.
Michael,Thank you for your comment. To answer your question - I shot this in my front yard - in Canada. It is a montage of 7 exposures. Steve
Your photo has a nice sense of light. One of my favorites in the challenge.
Nice work. The propeller blur is the icing on the cake. I think your photo shows some very good retouching. Should have placed much higher in my opinion.
At a quick glance the differences aren't very noticeable - but then I saw that you'd done quite a bit of work to this shot. (voted in slide show, so didn't read your description until later) I think this shows good retouching techniques. One of the better photos in the challenge. I think it should have placed much higher, but maybe voters didn't take the time to look closely. Must have taken you quite some time to do all that!
I like the sparkle you added! It looks quite believable. Good job cleaning up the background too. One of the better entries in the challenge, in my opinion.
I scored this one high because I could see you did quite a bit of work on it. Many of the entries were simple contrast + brightness adjustments. Oh well.
By the way, 'Angie' was written in 1972, so it doesn't meet your pre-1970 rule.
You're running a challenge based on songs by the Beatles and Rolling Stones - but you're concerned that the photographs won't wander too far from 'realism'? It's good that the song writers weren't shackled that way. 'Goo goo ga joob' :)
Delightful photograph - and one of my top favorites in the challenge. The expression is pure joy, a warm moment between Mother and Child. Thanks for sharing - it brightened my day.
They call me Hans,Are you looking for images made with black and white film only? Or would black and white images made from colour film be OK? Steve
AbrasiveReducer: What happened to the 100+ year print life?
Stanchung, Not sure if you're serious, but in dark storage, do you think a few degrees of warming would much difference? The book for my 3880 which was just delivered [ :( ] has 'lightfastness' in the index - but on that page (136), there is no mention of lightfastness of inks or papers. Instead there is reminder to always use genuine Epson papers, and a note about the shelf life of the ink cartridges.
I was wondering that too! From my original Epson 7600 instruction book from 2004 - page 185: "Ultrachrome lightfastness - Color: up to 100 years / Black and White: over 100 years."(the fine print specifies 'under glass' and 'on specific Epson media')Then there's this site, which used to be recommended by Epson - Wilhelm Imaging Research . . .
It states 200+ years for dark storage in albums.
Thank you, Barb and Mario.
I thought your photo was interesting and different. One of the better ones in the challenge. There's a nice balance between the warm and cool colours, and I love the 'nervousness' of it. I want to try that technique next time I am close to a fireworks display.