Photography Competition #49: Black & White

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Howdy!

The next topic is : Black & White. This can signifiny ANYTHING that black & white makes you think of. Be creative!.

Rules: This is strictly a photography contest! No photo chopping, but contrast, brightness, levels and other minor touch-ups (healing tool will be allowed for film and print scans). Please avoid any text on the photograph, except at most a copyright statement, remember distractions like text can take away from the composition. Digital and film photography are both allowed. Only one submission per user will be allowed.

You MUST have taken the image yourself.

Max size dimension: 640px (including border)
Max file size: 150kb
File name: Please name your entry the same as your user name (or as close to as possible if your user name has characters that are not allowed in file names)
(Please ensure your entry meets the above before entering your image)

Length: Competition closes Tuesday May 5, 2009

Voting lasts five days after close of competition.
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Aighty, I guess I'm first on the chopping block. I noticed that technically, submissions don't have to be b&w to qualify, but I felt the most appropriate way to use the colors was to honor the tradition of monochrome photography.

Black/White always feels most at home to me in a cemetery session. This one's from Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, TN. Founded in 1852 by 15 men who each gave $500 to purchase the original 40 acres, Elmwood's one of the most beautiful I've had the pleasure to shoot. It doubled in size following the Civil War, and according to the website, it's the final resting place to "mayors, governors, madams, blues singers, suffragists, martyrs, generals, civil rights leaders, holy men and women, outlaws and millionaires."

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Beautiful photo, and one of many i know is going to be submitted here. I already have a few i want to use.

Really glad this competition has finally come about! :D
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I have a couple of ideas for this; I hope my little Canon PowerShot is up to the challenge of actually producing a decent photo :-/
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Ooh, can't resist a B&W photo comp, so here's my entry - Middle Meadow Walk, on a misty morning. I took this on the way to work one day. It looks a bit sinister in the photo, however it was actually quite pleasant.

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:shock:!!!!!
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spork wrote:
I have a couple of ideas for this; I hope my little Canon PowerShot is up to the challenge of actually producing a decent photo :-/


Those PowerShots can do anything you want. I used to have the A530 and they're a great camera :D Good luck with the competition!
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:shock:!!!!!


:lol:

Exactly my reaction when i first saw it. Really good photo, glad you decided to opt for this one.
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Great shot katana, I dig the fog effect in general.
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UPSGuy wrote:
I dig the fog effect in general.


I know the photo i am going to use and it too has a fog effect, however it's nothing compared to what has already been submitted.

I'll get my entry up soon.
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wow katana that's amazing!
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Stunning pictures, both. Amazing. Is going to be hard to cast a vote. *wow!
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So are we disqualifying unflux from this since he always wins photography comps with his b&w shots? ;)

Just by amazing coincidence I have a photo I took in black and white a few weeks ago and it is still on my camera at home, will post it later.
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UPSguy. I love Elmwood cemetery. I visit it regularly. Gorgeous place, they were even considering opening up some property for homes in the place but I think that fell through.

Now I gotta get a good shot.......
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I'll definitely have an entry in this one. Just need to find my motivation. Haven't taken part in a competition on Ozzu for a long time now.
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Props to 613flavah for the topic - I'm excited to see some participation this go-round. I knew I should have held out to check out the competition. :D

Hopefully we get more than a few options to vote from this go-round! w00t!
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Just to clarify, my :shock: applied to both entries thus far. :)

I think you two may have scared me off of entering this one. :P
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black'n white or white'n black :scratchhead:
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cool entry!!
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With all this mist, I think I'll throw this one into the mix:

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Here's mine. It's a b&w picture of a b&w pencil sketch I've been working on for a couple months.
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Here's mine. It's a b&w picture of a b&w pencil sketch I've been working on for a couple months.
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That's awesome Sir! Awsome! :mrgreen: *bow

I knew you couldn't just walk away from this competition. :D

Love the shot, love the sketch. you did that yourself? do you have more?
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That's awesome Sir! Awsome! :mrgreen: *bow

I knew you couldn't just walk away from this competition. :D

Love the shot, love the sketch. you did that yourself? do you have more?


Thanks, labrego! Yes, I did it myself. I started it a couple weeks before Advent last year. I haven't finished it yet, though. It's kind of a pain to work on because it's on two seperate sheets of architectural vellum (The back sheet is The Father, the fore sheet is The Son and the Holy Spirit is on both - that's supposed to be clever). I have to keep it in a frame or the vellum will start to curl up.

Yup, I have lots of sketches. I just started on one for Pentecost the other day.
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digitalMedia wrote:
(The back sheet is The Father, the fore sheet is The Son and the Holy Spirit is on both - that's supposed to be clever)


That IS certainly clever, not the best way to work with it, as you say, but truly clever. :wink:

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Yup, I have lots of sketches. I just started on one for Pentecost the other day.


You should put them on a gallery or something, I surely could even buy one print of those for myself. I love the expression on Jesus's face that you achieved.
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You should put them on a gallery or something, I surely could even buy one print of those for myself. I love the expression on Jesus's face that you achieved.


:shock: What can I say? Wow! You just made my day - my week, actually. Well, now I'm going to have think about this some more.

My wife digs his expression too. I've never understood why artists through the ages have made him looking so dour and sullen.
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:shock: What can I say? Wow! You just made my day - my week, actually. Well, now I'm going to have think about this some more.


My pleasure Sir. Let me know if you decide to make them public :thumbsup:

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My wife digs his expression too. I've never understood why artists through the ages have made him looking so dour and sullen.


Their consciences, maybe :D
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I now completely understand your avatar dM. You did that yourself didn't you? I never knew you did pencil sketches, let alone that you were good at it! Very nice indeed.
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I now completely understand your avatar dM. You did that yourself didn't you? I never knew you did pencil sketches, let alone that you were good at it! Very nice indeed.


Thanks man! Yep, I drew may avatar also which I'm told is uncanny in its resemblence. That is my 'style', you might say - at least when it comes to pencil and paper.
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I'm with ATNO, it brings a new light to your avatar, lol.
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Ha! That guy's a dork! :P
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Not the entry i was going to submit when i initially replied saying i was going to participate.

Photograph was taken yesterday whilst on a wander around the centre of Edinburgh.

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Nice shot, SB. The raised sides really give it perspective & a focal point. Hopefully this will re-spawn the interest we had there for a few days!
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sorry for lateness. Comp is now closed but Breeze, you didn't rename your entry as per the rules. Sorry.
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Damn. Oh well.
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is this closed? I do have rather a promising entry...!
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Yes, the competition is now finished.

Feel free in sharing your entry still if you wish.
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Ermm... maybe being really daft but any ideas about this error please:

Error(s) Found!
You are not authorized to post links, please remove or rename:

(then the link!)
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Have you tried adding the image as an attachment?
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Noted thanks.

Prob my fave photo that I've taken. Taken on Aganoa Beach on Samoa late at night, no modifications.
Wont resize etc as comp is closed, hopefully fits theme. Think it t'were ISO 400 with 8s exposure.
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Damn, thats cool! It almost doesn't look real.
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That is incredibly beautiful
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Pretty lucky result huh?! No photoshop or anything. Wouldve loved to have seen the result if that'd been on a really decent camera!
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Pretty lucky result huh?! No photoshop or anything. Wouldve loved to have seen the result if that'd been on a really decent camera!


You kidding? That's about as perfect a photo as it gets.

sometimes composition is everything and I think you nailed that.

//as a side note I hope you make it in time for future comps.
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monsieur_le_christophe wrote:
Think it t'were ISO 400 with 8s exposure.

Sweeeet!

8s exposure? Nice! I love those low-light long exposures.

You should post a thread about this in the Photography Forum. :thumbsup:
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That looks like a heart with the moon being at the top of the top corner of the heart... looks really unrealistic and awesome...

I wish that I was somewhere where I could get a good picture...
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That looks like a heart with the moon being at the top of the top corner of the heart... looks really unrealistic and awesome...

I wish that I was somewhere where I could get a good picture...


I think you'd be surprised at how good a photo you can get from everything you see on a daily basis. What is not so interesting to you might be the most bizarre and interesting thing to me.

Night time offers great opportunities for photographs, infact when taking photographs i actually prefer to go out at night and look for something.
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Well, once I collect enough money to buy a decent camera to take a decently good and presentable photo, I will try it.

But I need to take classes... I'm not that good with taking photo's even though I'm really interested in it.
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Believe it or not, there is not alot you really need to know in order to take a good photo. It's possible to take a semi decent photograph if you have the camera on the most basic settings. I knew what things did, but i found i learned more just by experimenting and not being afraid to try out new features.

I actually deeply regret selling my DSLR camera the other month because i miss the features it had. Infact, other than my film camera i don't have any other camera so i miss not being able to take photographs when i can.

You can find some decent older DSLR cameras for sale at a reasonable price on Ebay if you searched. My last camera was the Canon EOS 40D, before that i had a Canon EOS 350D, i can honestly see myself going for a 350 or 400D now because they have become more affordable for what i can afford now. Doubt i'd be able to find one brand new though which is a shame.
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I'm still kicking with a 300D and I've taken shots just as good with my kit lens as I have the thousand-dollar lenses I've rented. Bogey don't let anyone tell you more expensive means better product!

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