Sunday, April 09, 2006

Vancouver at Night


Hey, I'm still new at this. One thing I'm discovering is that sometimes I take a picture that looks good when I view the thumbnail, but when I view it full screen, I find it rather underwhelming. This was one of those. I'm learning, however, to manipulate the photo to see if I can improve the effectiveness of the photo. This image was boring when in colour, but when I changed it to black and white, I found it had a greater impact. What do you think?

18 Comments:

Anonymous Otto K said...

I have found that often...that a ho-hum image in color really takes on a different quality in B&W. I like this.

12:02 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

I like the B&W.

The same thing happens to me quite often. I am also "learning" how to better us the LCD screen on the camera.

I do wonder what your EXIF data was. I wonder if using a lower ISO and a longer shutter speed would have improved the shot. It seems a bit "noisy", unless of course that was the goal. I suppose it could also be a result of the post processing. Grain, or Noise, gives shots different feel and I have been know to "add" it to some of my photos.

12:20 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Ed Doerksen said...

black and white photos have a mystique about it. It almost doesn't matter what the image is there is something about it that when in black and white brings out some sort of mystry and sometimes even grace to it.

We've become accustom to colour and so black and white brings out the thoughts of our imagination to see more than just colour, but to see something different and special.

My first experience with picture taking was all in black and white. Being a kid at the time, that's all there was and colour was quite new and expensive. Opps - sorry - I just aged myself.

Black and white has always been the choice of mystry and fun. I have seen some great black and white photos and some crappy ones as well.

It's all in how you approach the shot to be taken, work at the best way to portray your shot, and then take the picture. After that, the fun is in developing something that is creative and awesome. Han in there for sure.

Take care

2:38 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

hey thats great tim - I love that your making so much progress so quickly - hope you've still got - getting the bug!

Look forward to next post

4:11 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Wolf said...

Its not bad, do a few more try lots of different settings, looks good in b&w!

4:15 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

Laurie asked about my EXIF data. I don't know what that is, but perhaps it refers to the settings on my camera at the time of taking this photograph?

I try not to ever use anything over ISO 50. Anything higher introduces noise (I have a somewhat cheap camera, about $400). I can't remember what my shutter speed etc. was, but I do know that I was tending to overexpose, as that was my first experience with night photography.

I did, in fact, add a small percentage of noise in order to enhance the b&W effect.

5:15 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous david said...

great B&W - love the relflection on the water!

5:55 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Cynthia! said...

i like it!! i´m a total rooky too so i think this is a really great pic!

8:47 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

It is a very nice b&w!

3:21 AM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

It's really nice! Like all the night lights and the reflections in the water!

6:09 AM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

It turned out very nice in B&W...I have put life into many so-so photos by stripping the colour out. It creates lines, shadows and contrast that colour takes away from. Nice job!

6:43 AM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger jj said...

very nice. the reflection is gorgeous.

7:52 AM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Sinem said...

Beautiful night picture, b&w really works as I hate the orange tinge of big city skies at night.

4:14 PM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger Fraser said...

You are right -- this is really good in b&w. Good work! B&W is more demanding than color, but here it makes the picture.

4:18 PM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger Ali said...

The B&W did add a dramatic effect to the photo, but you might want to try a aperture value that is lower next time. That will require longer shutter times, but the windows will come out more defined and will look less like blobs of white.

5:05 AM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Jill said...

B & W does well with this.

8:07 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous andy said...

Great perspective! The black and white works well for this. When I saw the photo, I knew I had to stop and comment. I love black and white scenes like this.

8:14 PM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Fantastic city night life, B&W works wonderfully for this :)

4:10 AM, April 16, 2006  

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