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Jan 11, 2022 13:21:13   #
azemon Loc: Saint Charles, MO, USA
 
I saw a couple of Ansel Adams' photos of NYC and they inspired me to revisit the B&W days of my youth. It was a good experience and I learned a lot about shooting monochrome with my camera, raw files, and raw file editing.

Here is a shot of old town Saint Peters, MO. I'd appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Nikon Z 50 with Nikkor Z 16-50. ISO 100, f/8, 1/640
Raw image, postprocessed with RawTherapee

-- Art Z.


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Jan 11, 2022 14:53:41   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Eye-catching 🖤💫🖤💫🖤

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Jan 12, 2022 06:42:57   #
Delderby Loc: Derby UK
 
azemon wrote:
I saw a couple of Ansel Adams' photos of NYC and they inspired me to revisit the B&W days of my youth. It was a good experience and I learned a lot about shooting monochrome with my camera, raw files, and raw file editing.

Here is a shot of old town Saint Peters, MO. I'd appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Nikon Z 50 with Nikkor Z 16-50. ISO 100, f/8, 1/640
Raw image, postprocessed with RawTherapee

-- Art Z.


I like the lamp posts, the balcony supports - and the moon. I cropped your pic to 4/3rds and in doing so thought the format improved the composition - but that is MHO. Anyways - herewith attached for your interest.


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Jan 12, 2022 07:00:59   #
Walkabout08
 
azemon wrote:
I saw a couple of Ansel Adams' photos of NYC and they inspired me to revisit the B&W days of my youth. It was a good experience and I learned a lot about shooting monochrome with my camera, raw files, and raw file editing.

Here is a shot of old town Saint Peters, MO. I'd appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Nikon Z 50 with Nikkor Z 16-50. ISO 100, f/8, 1/640
Raw image, postprocessed with RawTherapee

-- Art Z.


Art, to my eye the large empty foreground can be cropped out. Then think about what you want the viewer to focus their eye on and crop accordingly.

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Jan 12, 2022 08:03:58   #
azemon Loc: Saint Charles, MO, USA
 
Thanks for the cropping suggestions, folks. I like them.

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Jan 12, 2022 09:35:31   #
Guyserman Loc: Benton, AR
 
Show a little more sky and less foreground or a little more foreground and less sky. Either way moves the subject off center. Too late to re-frame but a shot slightly to the right eliminating part of the shaded side of the near building and showing a little more of what's down the street would have been interesting imo.

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Jan 12, 2022 15:09:54   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Delderby wrote:
I like the lamp posts, the balcony supports - and the moon. I cropped your pic to 4/3rds and in doing so thought the format improved the composition - but that is MHO. Anyways - herewith attached for your interest.


I love it 🖤💫🖤💫🖤

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Jan 12, 2022 16:58:50   #
Delderby Loc: Derby UK
 
joecichjr wrote:
I love it 🖤💫🖤💫🖤


That's kind.

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Jan 12, 2022 20:53:57   #
mundy-F2 Loc: Chicago suburban area
 
azemon wrote:
I saw a couple of Ansel Adams' photos of NYC and they inspired me to revisit the B&W days of my youth. It was a good experience and I learned a lot about shooting monochrome with my camera, raw files, and raw file editing.

Here is a shot of old town Saint Peters, MO. I'd appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Nikon Z 50 with Nikkor Z 16-50. ISO 100, f/8, 1/640
Raw image, postprocessed with RawTherapee

-- Art Z.


Nice shot. Small towns are great to take photos.
Mundy

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Jan 13, 2022 02:48:13   #
RodeoMan Loc: St Joseph, Missouri
 
Great image. As far as the cropped version, if you had a person or group of people being photographed with the buildings in the background, then I would prefer that version. However the original version does show the lower warehouse style structure with the Stihl sign. This is a more complete record of the area.

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Jan 13, 2022 04:04:51   #
Delderby Loc: Derby UK
 
RodeoMan wrote:
Great image. As far as the cropped version, if you had a person or group of people being photographed with the buildings in the background, then I would prefer that version. However the original version does show the lower warehouse style structure with the Stihl sign. This is a more complete record of the area.


Yes - I agree that the original pic is a more complete record, and thought on that before offering up my suggested crop, but then decided that the original was still an incomplete picture of the area, and instead concentrated on a view of the aesthetics, and at the same time to improve the composition (IMHO).

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Jan 14, 2022 00:09:00   #
RodeoMan Loc: St Joseph, Missouri
 
Delderby wrote:
Yes - I agree that the original pic is a more complete record, and thought on that before offering up my suggested crop, but then decided that the original was still an incomplete picture of the area, and instead concentrated on a view of the aesthetics, and at the same time to improve the composition (IMHO).


Good point. If a person had a reason to record the community, they would no doubt be taking several photographs making a record of the community. But the OP was there for capturing the best image within aesthetic parameters and on that basis, I believe your crop is better. In reality, if a person is photographing the area for the purpose of making a record, they should have both wide angle photographs and more centralized views such as yours. Thanks

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