Mini-challenge #153: Black and white in full color

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  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    Hi all,
    As Alan is giving us a very interesting explanation on the techie side. thanks Alan for that.
    The concept is easy but very hard to achieve. the pictures that you would present to here, have to be in FULL colour, but the content of the frame, have to give you the impression that is black and white.
    My three pictures that I load as an example, are not the best for this theme, and have to be treated as example only.
    Is, your ability to SEE and CAPTURE something that is in nature is B/W

    ALCAR
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,754 Major grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    I did think the piano looked a little 'dead' but that wasn't the one that I had mentally questioned. There was some color in that one, but not exactly how I would have expected it to look. The way it is, is very effective and it is a wonderful photo, but I wondered.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    grandmaR wrote: »
    I did think the piano looked a little 'dead' but that wasn't the one that I had mentally questioned. There was some color in that one, but not exactly how I would have expected it to look. The way it is, is very effective and it is a wonderful photo, but I wondered.

    grandmaR, that is precisely why I am giving second chances to people to think...
    It is easy to see, using software, when a picture has been manipulated to "appear" B/W
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Registered Users Posts: 346 Major grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    WAB wrote: »
    Shadows during the eclipse were all shaped like crescent moons. Can't explain the shadowy figure on the left but it was there in 3 other shots

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    If you hadn't said it was a garage door, I could imagine it as a large wooden monastery door, in which case the shadow would have to be a hooded monk!

    Facinating and very spooky!

    Alan.
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESRegistered Users Posts: 7,993 Major grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    Do Not bug me

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    can't we all just get along

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    smell the flower

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    I understand that the first shot is not by the rule you posted after my post .I did remove the yellow in the flower ,bug is as shot . I did not read in your first posting of the challenge that it was to be out of camera . That said I know the first shot is left up to point out that it is a rule breaker and in this challenge a no no. thumb.gif

    second shot by the rules
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

    http://jwear.smugmug.com/
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,754 Major grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    ALXCAR wrote: »
    grandmaR, that is precisely why I am giving second chances to people to think...
    It is easy to see, using software, when a picture has been manipulated to "appear" B/W

    It may be easy for you, but I don't know that I could do it. rolleyes1.gif

    I didn't think the image had to be SOOC - just an originally color photo which had not been black and white-ized. Only one of my photos was originally digital, so I guess you can tell with that one, but I'm not sure about the others two.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    jwear wrote: »
    Do Not bug me

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    can't we all just get along

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    I understand that the first shot is not by the rule you posted after my post .I did remove the yellow in the flower ,bug is as shot . I did not read in your first posting of the challenge that it was to be out of camera . That said I know the first shot is left up to point out that it is a rule breaker and in this challenge a no no. thumb.gif

    second shot by the rules

    Absolutely!
    No worries, it is a good shoot but no for this mini-challenge. The second one... flying colours. that is exactly what this challenge is about.

    ALXCAR
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    Alans Grin wrote: »
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    If you hadn't said it was a garage door, I could imagine it as a large wooden monastery door, in which case the shadow would have to be a hooded monk!

    Facinating and very spooky!

    Alan.

    Alan, you just have read my mind...

    ALXCAR
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    grandmaR wrote: »
    It may be easy for you, but I don't know that I could do it. rolleyes1.gif

    I didn't think the image had to be SOOC - just an originally color photo which had not been black and white-ized. Only one of my photos was originally digital, so I guess you can tell with that one, but I'm not sure about the others two.

    Just a few examples...

    All of them are in FULL colour...
    Is easy to SEE a B/W picture trough your camera . For sure you have seen hundreds of them but you didn't realized.
    The difficult bit is actually taken it!

    Studio lights, or strobes, something white and something black.

    IF you get the picture right at the camera will be better but you can always help using software.
    when I was saying about SOOC was for you guys to understand that has to be in full colour and not converted to B/W. The "enhancing", is acceptable, the "not be an honest picture", is not.

    I hope it helps

    ALXCAR


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    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • dniednie Major grins Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 1,351 Major grins
    edited October 27, 2012
    Didn't think I had any, but came up with these...

    Bug
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    Baker Lake
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    Fairview Park
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  • billseyebillseye Major grins Registered Users Posts: 847 Major grins
    edited October 28, 2012
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    Bill Banning

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  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaRegistered Users Posts: 552 Major grins
    edited October 29, 2012
    I don't have much. I guess I just like taking photos with color. This is all I could come up with... not exactly black and white...

    1. What's up?
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    2. Snowy Bushes
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    3. Follow the leader
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    ~~Barbara
  • red_zonered_zone n00b Registered Users Posts: 533 Major grins
    edited October 31, 2012
    Billseye - holy COW! your peacock photo is absolutely stunning!

    I also absolutely love the whitewashed bricks and monks... what is that called? fresco...no...portico...that's on a house...grotto...like bathtub madonnas... hmmm... it's eluding me right now.
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    Jake
  • superduckzsuperduckz I got a Nikon camera..... Registered Users Posts: 377 Major grins
    edited October 31, 2012
    I came to this site with the intent of challenging (and humbling) myself and looking at some of these photographs it's clear that I certainly came to the right place. I'm extremely impressed at how much extraordinary work is entered in these challenges almost "casually" bowdown.gif. Well... back to the lenses with me!
    Accidents and Inspiration
    One of these days I'll have to figure out what my "style" is..
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Registered Users Posts: 346 Major grins
    edited October 31, 2012
    superduckz wrote: »
    I came to this site with the intent of challenging (and humbling) myself and looking at some of these photographs it's clear that I certainly came to the right place. I'm extremely impressed at how much extraordinary work is entered in these challenges almost "casually" <img src="https://us.v-cdn.net/6029383/emoji/bowdown.gif&quot; border="0" alt="" >. Well... back to the lenses with me!

    I pretty much said the same thing the first time I posted - on the sunsets challenge ...

    "Wow ... an astonishingly high standard in here.
    I'm too ashamed to put anything in! "
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    but was encouraged by Skippy77 and decided it is only a bit of fun and I love looking at and learning from other photos.

    Keep posting

    Alan.

    PS - I think ALXCAR is going to have a tough time choosing - as always some lovely shots in here - I think the cats win!!! (Oh and maybe one or two of the birds too!)
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited October 31, 2012
    Well, the Mini-challenge #153: Black and white in full colour is close now.
    I will get the results shortly...
    VERY WELL DONE TO EVERYBODY!!!! and thank you for your entries! :)
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,754 Major grins
    edited October 31, 2012
    red_zone wrote: »
    Billseye - holy COW! your peacock photo is absolutely stunning!

    I also absolutely love the whitewashed bricks and monks... what is that called? fresco...no...portico...that's on a house...grotto...like bathtub madonnas... hmmm... it's eluding me right now.

    niche?
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • billseyebillseye Major grins Registered Users Posts: 847 Major grins
    edited October 31, 2012
    red_zone wrote: »
    Billseye - holy COW! your peacock photo is absolutely stunning!

    I also absolutely love the whitewashed bricks and monks... what is that called? fresco...no...portico...that's on a house...grotto...like bathtub madonnas... hmmm... it's eluding me right now.

    Thanks, red_zone. Both the (albino) peacock and the adobe bricks with the inset whachamacallit were taken in Carlsbad, California at the Leo Carillo Ranch Park. It's a cool little rancho turned city park with wild peacocks and several historical early California adobe structures. The adobe sculpture might be considered a type of "bas relief" or "counter relief." What made it photograph so well was the layers and layers of white paint on the original adobe bricks and the bright harsh daylighting on the wall.

    This is probably not a well-known local for tourists in San Diego County, but it's worth at trip if your in the area.

    By the way, I really like the way the cat in the next post appears to be looking up at the peacock clap.gif
    Bill Banning

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  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaRegistered Users Posts: 552 Major grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    billseye wrote: »
    By the way, I really like the way the cat in the next post appears to be looking up at the peacock <img src="https://us.v-cdn.net/6029383/emoji/clap.gif&quot; border="0" alt="" >

    That’s my Shadow. She likes the birds - all birds. If I remember that shot correctly, she was sitting in the window looking up at a bird on the eave of my house. So, if she seems to be looking at the peacock, it fits. She would really, really love to meet the peacock.

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    Bill, I like all your entries, but the peacock is the one that really caught my eye.
    ~~Barbara
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    Hi all,

    First, It has been a pleasure and a good fun to be the host of the Mini-challenge #153: Black and white in full color.

    Very well done to all of you.

    It was a misunderstanding at the beginning on what to do. this challenge was, for you to have a good eye to see a potential B/W picture on the REAL world.
    Black and white pictures are a photography technique, as it could be the X ray photography, Ultraviolet Photography... As well, post production edited photography on computer such HDR, 3D... or on in a dark room. An many other technologies and techniques.
    All are "unnatural" pictures. The real world, as the human's eye can see it, is in full colour (of course with the exceptions).

    So, the challenge was set up for FULL colour BUT with the appearance of a Black and White picture, with no conversion to B/W.

    It has been very hard to decide.
    Here are my favourites that all get a nomination

    All are beautiful pictures

    Again, well done!


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    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    OK, The third Picture for me is:

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    I love the shadow and the way the cracks in the wall are separating the top to the button.
    A good composition and a good technique.
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    The second, is:


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    This picture took me a wile to see it. The composition is good as it incorporate a spark from the sun and the detail of the monks... and to get all that look B/W... really a very good piece of work.
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    Now, The winner... :


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    The reason I have picked this picture, is not for the quality. It goes with the rules of this challenge and is a very difficult shot to do, (I imagine that all happened very quickly),and the clever crop, giving space to the top right to give us the sensation of the aggressor bird is coming fast from above.

    An image that I could imaging framed and in a wall or on the pages of a nature magazine.

    Very well done.

    PS.- the were other better pictures but did not follow with the rules of this challenge.
    A L X C A R

    www.alxcar.co.uk
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Registered Users Posts: 346 Major grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    Well done to jwear, the two runners up and great shots from everyone.

    Also well done to superduckz who expressed being humbled in here yet I think got two shots in the final 10!

    Alan.

    ALXCAR - Well done, but I think you've not entirely followed the usual "admin" style for these comps ... no worries, but I will PM you with some pointers. jwear ... by the number of posts you've made you look like an "old" hand, if not I would suggest a visit to the comp guidelines which are usually included in the first post opening up a new mini - competition. Have a look at the previous competition to see the guidelines.
  • superduckzsuperduckz I got a Nikon camera..... Registered Users Posts: 377 Major grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    As the new kid around here just wanted to say it's an honor to even have my photos on the consideration list with such outstanding competition and that the winner is very well deserving. It's a remarkable photo. Well... I do believe that I have the challenge bug now! Thanks!
    Accidents and Inspiration
    One of these days I'll have to figure out what my "style" is..
  • leaforteleaforte Major grins Registered Users Posts: 1,948 Major grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    Congratulations to the winners and runner ups...clap.gif
    Growing with Dgrin



  • ALXCARALXCAR Big grins Registered Users Posts: 27 Big grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    closed
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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESRegistered Users Posts: 7,993 Major grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    ALXCAR first I will say thank you and then I was really blown away at who won :ivar .I agree with what you said 100% my shot was not the best but what you said about my shot is why I posted that shot . I did not read all the posts that it should be more 'out of the camera' and no PS . Thank you again for the kind words getting that shot was prefocus and knowing what they were going to do beforre it took place .3 frames in less than a second it was over .

    Alan.

    ALXCAR - Well done, but I think you've not entirely followed the usual "admin" style for these comps ... no worries, but I will PM you with some pointers. jwear ... by the number of posts you've made you look like an "old" hand, if not I would suggest a visit to the comp guidelines which are usually included in the first post opening up a new mini - competition. Have a look at the previous competition to see the guidelines.

    would you please PM me I do not understand what you mean here headscratch.gif I think ALXCAR did a great job of running the challenge not just because I won [that was a nice thing :D] .He was there the whole time voted right away ,no delay, no LAG behind, he did just fine thumb.gif
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

    http://jwear.smugmug.com/
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Registered Users Posts: 346 Major grins
    edited November 1, 2012
    jwear wrote: »
    ALXCAR first I will say thank you and then I was really blown away at who won :ivar .I agree with what you said 100% my shot was not the best but what you said about my shot is why I posted that shot . I did not read all the posts that it should be more 'out of the camera' and no PS . Thank you again for the kind words getting that shot was prefocus and knowing what they were going to do beforre it took place .3 frames in less than a second it was over .

    Alan.

    ALXCAR - Well done, but I think you've not entirely followed the usual "admin" style for these comps ... no worries, but I will PM you with some pointers. jwear ... by the number of posts you've made you look like an "old" hand, if not I would suggest a visit to the comp guidelines which are usually included in the first post opening up a new mini - competition. Have a look at the previous competition to see the guidelines.

    would you please PM me I do not understand what you mean here headscratch.gif I think ALXCAR did a great job of running the challenge not just because I won [that was a nice thing :D] .He was there the whole time voted right away ,no delay, no LAG behind, he did just fine thumb.gif

    Hi jwear,

    First off, well done! Also, really well done to ALXCAR for running a very interesting but quite tricky to run competition theme.

    A couple of things I pointed via a friendly PM to ALXCAR are …

    It is usual to post a copy of the guidelines with the first post when opening a new competition, and although I equally missed it until now, it was not done on this competition. These guidelines are incredibly useful for beginners, or recent beginners like me, who stumble across these competitions for the first time. Also, newbies like me, if they win, might follow the template of what the last person has done, and I think it helpful if this “template” or “format” is not lost. I see you have it covered though.

    Much less important I suspect - the guidelines (I don’t know why) suggest that at the end of the competition a single post closes the competition thread and the results are announced on a separate thread.

    4. After the time/date has passed, then officially close the thread with a single post notifying everyone of the fact.

    5. After you're finished judging, start a new thread (again using the prior formats) and post your Winner and runners-up.

    It was not done this way until I sent a PM.

    In this light, and as ALXCAR is new (just slightly newer than me anyway!), I also mentioned the need to PM you to announce the win just in case it was missed.

    As I said in my post, “no worries”, I’m just trying to keep the “format” intact and perhaps help ensure newcomers know what to do.

    Alan.
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