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General: 4:01 PM on 5/11/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/50sec | f/4.5 | 30mm (48mm) | ISO-200
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: +0
Flash: No

I met with Abe Savona, from Pinholemedia, again today to talk photoshop and shoot in the mall. I found that these chairs looked relatively good in black and white, so you might see one or two more similar photos in the next several days. I hope to post the next four or five days in b&w, but we'll see how it goes.

A bit about the photo. I was going to use just a desaturated version, but I found that the green channel gave me a little more contrast in the seats of the chairs. Not much difference, but I thought I'd make that quick note anyways.

These next several photos fall more in the area of experimentation, so I'd really like your honest feedback (particularly from you b&w gurues). I'd also like your understanding if they aren't up to the normal standard (however high or low that may be). ;)

Well, here goes!

UPDATE:
I have decided to include the color version of this shot due to it's original vibrant colors.

categories: architecture monochrome

Thoughts of: Chantal
May 12th, 2005 at 3:17 AM

The picture does look great in B&W, I think in colour it wouldn't have been so good.....

Thoughts of: jens
May 12th, 2005 at 4:11 AM

cool shot. always nice to see different work on your site !

Thoughts of: Frank
May 12th, 2005 at 6:07 AM

This shot is great in so many ways: its scope, its darkness, the distance from the people, and yes, B&W is a great choice, taking away (what I presume are) the typical garish colors of a food court.

Thoughts of: Darren
May 12th, 2005 at 8:54 AM

It's got such a documentary feel to it. I think you did a good job with the B&W.

Thoughts of: Daniel G
May 12th, 2005 at 9:31 AM

Beautiful sharpness...Nice contrast and composition..your photographs are great !!

Thoughts of: Michael Czeiszperger
May 12th, 2005 at 9:54 AM

Nice sheen to it-- good choice going b&w here since it emphasizes the abstract pattern of the chairs & tables.

Thoughts of: patrick
May 12th, 2005 at 12:55 PM

good choice going b&w, indeed. love that you included some of the people sitting in the background. great capture.

Thoughts of: G N Bassett
May 12th, 2005 at 1:59 PM

You've got beautiful tonal range in these shots. My B&Ws always seem to be cold. This isn't.

Thoughts of: Abe
May 13th, 2005 at 12:40 AM

As you already know, I think this is a great photo. Your attention to just the right channel in this b & w paid off. Great composition too - the angle and height, as well as the depth you chose, are all really good. Ryan, this is a really great shot! Fantastic job!

Thoughts of: Chet
May 14th, 2005 at 6:10 AM

The color version is nice, but its really not that high a quality picture. The black and white, however, is a beautiful representation of what would otherwise be a normal restaurant.

Thoughts of: ty
May 15th, 2005 at 6:34 AM

Love the contrast in this one. Your b&w photos are amazing.

Thoughts of: Simon C
May 17th, 2005 at 6:01 AM

Choosing the right conversion approach to black and white can make or break a shot. You've done really well here. It's amazing how such a mundane scene can come alive when presented in this manner. Of course it helps when the lighting is just right as it is here - some good contrast and subtle shadows.

Thoughts of: Pat
May 17th, 2005 at 9:35 AM

I like the high contrast in this one. The blacks are very deep. Lighting is just right. Nice pic.

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