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Glendalough by ash Glendalough by ash
Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland
Canon EOS 300, Fuji Neopan 400, tripod, probably orange filter, lab, scanned neg
some fairly serious curves in photoshop
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syragon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2003
tehuti Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2002  Hobbyist Writer
Nice composition in this one. I like how the sunlight hits the ground.
kalayl Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2002
i like the inclusion of the treeleaves hanging down in the foreground to break the sky. it works quite well. i think in this case you're right, the landscape would have looked banal, mundane, in colour.
jmcc Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2002
*ash - Okay, I can understand that.

I'm not sure that I'd go so far as to say that it didn't work in this photo; it's still a beautiful image.

Good luck with this.
narang99 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2002
yah, i agree with yah on colour, ppl here allways want to the same thing, i think this is realy good stuff, it shows the beauty of the landscape, and that was landscape photography is about.
I dont know ppl here are very.......
I''ve been getting no comments, but it's all i work i like, i keep getting stuipd comments, like oh, that should be in colour, oh thats guys head is distracting.....
God, sake
ash Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2002
I suspect if I had shot this in colour it would be considered banal; a colour image of a landscape often needs a trick (very strong composition, lens effect, extremely dramatic scenery or lighting) to overcome the blaze attitude that people tend to have when viewing photographs of nature.

In that sense I think b&w is a good "trick" all of its own to overcome that ambivalence. It's certainly possible to produce striking and beautifully representative b&w images of landscapes (look at Ansel Adams' stuff for example), and that's really what I'm trying to do here. If it doesn't work so well in this shot then I consider that a failing of this particular photograph rather than of the idea of shooting it in b&w per se.

Personally I quite like the way this shot came out (aside from some contrast issues that I had to fix with curves in PS and which have given the foreground grass a slightly metallic look) and think it's in the general direction of where I'm trying to go. But on the other hand I'm not all that surprised if other people don't find it all that striking; I've still got a lot to learn when it comes to shooting b&w landscapes.
jmcc Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2002
This is a pic that I think would've been better in color so we could see the rolling greenery. The composition is excellent, though.

I so want to go to Ireland some day.
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