SOMERSET LEVELS 241 – THE FLOODED GRASS: MONO AND COLOUR VERSIONS

 

 

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This is a shot of the tips of coarse marsh grasses protruding from floodwater in a field on Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 23 Nov 2012.  I recently posted this image in colour, when Gary Bolstad suggested that it might also look good in black and white – so here is a mono version, created and lightly toned in Silver Efex Pro 2.  The colour version is also presented again for direct comparison.

Presentation in mono certainly enhances the Minimalist qualities of this picture and, ro me, the addition of a thin black border helps it too.  So I think Gary is absolutely right.  Anyone got any views?

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

28 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 241 – THE FLOODED GRASS: MONO AND COLOUR VERSIONS

  1. krikitarts says:

    Ah, Adrian, so sorry I missed this when you posted it! Things were crazy back then, and I’m still struggling to catch up. Thanks for the nudge to check it out. I really enjoyed the discussions that your modifications and comparisons generated.

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    The monochrome is a wonderful haiku.

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  3. Malin Ellisdotter H says:

    I prefer the b&w version… Surprised? 🙂 No, I don’t think so.

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  4. Sallyann says:

    For me, as a picture of grass in floodwater, definitely coloured. Don’t you think the blue sky reflecting in the water gives a comfortable feeling of the calm after the storm? 🙂
    On the other hand, taking the reality out of the picture, the black and white version could be a lively medical graph, or a computer screen design produced by lively music. 🙂

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  5. tech189 says:

    I prefer the colour version, great work.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, glad it gets to you! And I have not forgotten re your 500px profile, its in my diary, but have been rather busy of late. A

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      • tech189 says:

        Don’t worry about it

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          No, not worried, but I do appreciate the idea and am determined to give it a look. 🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Right, I’ve had a look at your profile, which I like, and I’m going to try uploading some images (tho I’ve yet to register with 500px but will do so). But I can’t find some simple “intro to 500px, how it works, etc” – are you able to point me at anything on 500px that takes the beginner through what has to be done to get up and running? Thanks for your help! Adrian

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          • tech189 says:

            Thanks, all you have to do is create an account by clicking sign up at the top right. Then once you are logged in, at the top right there’s an upload button. You can upload by dragging and dropping your pictures or you can select them normally. Afterwards you can add captions, geotags, etc. It will then be uploaded and added to the “Fresh” section which can be viewed by clicking on the top left button “Discover” and then “Fresh”. There are lots of sections here: Fresh are photos that have just been uploaded. Popular are most popular at the moment. Editors are best picked by the editors of 500px. Upcoming are those that are new but becoming popular. Don’t worry about marketplace for now. There are also categories such as Nature, Abstract, etc.
            You can like photos by pressing the thumbs up button and favourite them if you really like them. People can follow others if they really like their work.
            Hope this helps!
            tech189

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            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Many thanks for all this detail, its most helpful. What size pictures do you post? I mean, for example, rather than full quality jpegs, I post reduced size (and quality) jpegs on WordPress, usually with a longest side of 800 or 1,000 pixels. Do you do the same on 500px, or do you post full quality jpegs? Adrian

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  6. less is more indeed!! both lovely I think I’m partial to mono! very effective!

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  7. paula graham says:

    Glad I do not have to choose…would be a job, they are equally as lovely.
    ATP??? the mind boggles!

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  8. iosatel says:

    I like it very much (especially B&W image) 🙂

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  9. The B&W version certainly gives the photo a whole different feeling but I enjoy looking at both. You are the master. ❤️ ATP ❤️

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks for your thoughts – and thanks for the compliment too!!! And just for that I’m going to burst into song, excruciating I know, but at least it’ll loosen your ear wax …

      “There’s no earthly way
      that I’ll forget the coming happy day
      So accept wishes that are happy
      From this Fat Brit Chappie!!!”

      ATP xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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