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Everyday Windmill

Everyday Windmill
Copyright ©2005, Mark Johnson ¤ $

I pass this windmill almost everyday on my commute to work and only recently noticed it. Interesting how taking up photography opens up your eyes. Anyway, I thought it was another suitable subject to practice with black and white conversion. I will post the color one next so maybe it will help with the feedback.

Image is croped to remove some distracting foreground.

Photographer: Mark Johnson ¤ $
Folder: Oly E300 images
Uploaded: 2005-Nov-17 01:12 EST
Current Rating: 0.00/0 (Weighted rating: 8.00)
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Camera: Olympus E-300
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: F16
Shutter Speed: 1/50s
Focal Length: 18mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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Lacks contrast and sparkle. Changing the contrast would likely help by reducing the vast expanses of Zone V gray resulting in a vast improvement in the presentation.

E. Edwin Ennor ~ (Eł) HoF Win ¤ $ at 10:46 EST on 2005-Nov-17 [Reply]

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John - Thanks as always for the comment. You are right the color image looks much better. I will give this another shot tonight and repost.

E - I will try tweaking with the contrast on this. Should that be done once it is converted to bw or before while it is still a color image? Does it matter?

Mark Johnson ¤ $ at 11:24 EST on 2005-Nov-17 [Reply]

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I also like the composition very much, but find the conversion dull. I tried an Auto Levels on it and I think it was much improved. I think with curves you could make this a really good conversion.

Frank Brault ¤ $ at 14:37 EST on 2005-Nov-17 [Reply]

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I agree with all the other technical commentary. The best way is to punch up the original, but working with this image would be fine - might give you a little better control if you processed this image.

Nicely composed.

Tom Francis ¤1 at 14:52 EST on 2005-Nov-17 [Reply]

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Frank & Tom - thanks for the aditional information and the encouragement. Can't wait to get home and play with this now. I will post the updated version hopefully tonight.

Mark Johnson ¤ $1 at 15:07 EST on 2005-Nov-17 [Reply]