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A New Theme - C&C welcome

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by AzPete, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. AzPete

    AzPete Veteran

    Dec 24, 2010
    Hello all: I am excited about this theme. I know its been used widely but the look is what I am after. The subject is brand new structures and buildings that were abandoned after only one year.

    Your comments are very welcome (and I have rather thick skin). But remember I love photos with lots of contrast, so I doubt you can influence me to change. But I would value your opinion on the subject and technique.

    BTW these were all shot with my new phone: Tmobile mytouch 4g.... go figure








    Thanks for looking guys.
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  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...

    I don't know if I'm as excited about the theme, but I love the photos you're taking with that phone! I'm into that type of B&W myself and those are all really strong images to me. I particularly love the row of empty handicapped spaces.

    Really nicely done!

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  3. javier

    javier Veteran

    Oct 5, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Pete, i Think the place to start would be to choose 3-4 images at a time. I myself am very guilty of this and so I speak to myself as well. The fewer images really help in C.C.
    Having said this, I really love your PP skills. I too love high contrast images and like you, I have had a few people try and change this about me, but I refuse. So kudos on the PP.
    As far as the tilt goes, I went through this phase a while back before almost completely abandoning it. So having said, it does work well for some images, but not all. I think it works very well in 5,6 and 7
    with #5 being added to my favorites :)  That is a plain fantastic image and something I would not have thought of. How you made a plain parking stall look good is cool.
    All n all, I am amazed at what a few folks are getting from their cell phones. Well done.
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  4. AzPete

    AzPete Veteran

    Dec 24, 2010
    thanks ray for your comments. and I know the theme could be alittle more on the lighter side...but thats me...haha

    javier, ill take this as far as it goes. thanks so much for your opinion and comment. and ill be honest with you, my pp skills are very

    bb: thanks for setting this thread in the right direction. (always a good women showing me the way :) 

    cheers all,
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  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Pete, I think you sell yourself way too short regarding your post processing skills. I've always found your contrasty style remarkable in a very good way. Heck some people's style is to do nothing...sometimes that's good and sometimes not so good. Whatever you are doing or not doing in these - I think the effect is powerful.

    I do agree that posting one, or at most two images, at a time within a post is a good way to go because otherwise the viewer becomes overwhelmed. I am going to go look at these on Flickr, assuming they are there, individually and ponder deeply. I can't do it right now but I will do it and then I will post more...

    Thank you for allowing me to start this new thread for you, Pete. It's already a really good one.
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  6. Will

    Will All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    Those are all really really strong images. I'm a bit jealous :( 
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  7. 1st 3 images are pretty awesome i must say!!
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  8. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Pete, when I look at these photographs - especially when I can see each on its own - I feel an overwhelming sense of prison. Even without knowing the backstory, there's a palpable sense of doom in these, for me. The fence lines...are obviously made to keep people in, not out, and that is creepy. As for the contrast, it works wonderfully if I am taking away what I believe you are after.

    At first I thought - it's an abandoned corporate building... Then once I spotted the fences, I thought...perhaps it is a psychiatric hospital that has been closed down... It just doesn't appear to have the "ambiance" of a state or county run prison...though that's not really fair for me to say because I think our county lockup looks very similar, though I am pretty sure there is barbed wire across the top of the fences.

    I enjoy the play between, as Grant has written on your Flickr pages, negative space. However it is the sheer intensity and after the bomb has dropped lighting that really brings these desolate images resoundingly home, to me.

    If you can do this with your cell phone - go with whichever means you desire, Pete, because it is working really well for you.
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  9. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I know of no better way to handle B&W :thumbup:
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