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Addiction In Black and White by denimandfrills Addiction In Black and White by denimandfrills
A Note Behind the Shot:

"Addiction In Black and White" is another shot with a ton of meaning behind it. This was my very first photographic attempt, and is also my only black and white photo. The shot has great compositional strength with all of the diagonals, but the meaning it holds is what makes it a winner for me. I wanted the shot to symbolize humanity's business addiction and portray what I see as a "Commuter Nation." Looking back on the shot, I also see it as the beginning of my addiction to photography!
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:icongimmefeedback:

I'd love critique of the composition of this piece, and it's overall success (or failure of success) as a black and white piece.

I very rarely do b&w, so I'd love some good black & white experts to give me some advice on this piece, and what I can do to improve in the future.

I'm brand new to photography, and I've never taken an art class.
So besides my eye, I don't know what is or is not technically good.
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:iconthe-golden-d:
The-Golden-D Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
★what a shot!!! and how much more it gains ... just because it is in black-n-white!
what really amazes me is the sense of anaglyph the cement of the road gives you - in total contrast with the solid black of the passengers' legs, and of course the net of lines that dominates the pic ... excellent!!!!·٠•. ٠•˙·˙·٠•. ٠•★ ♥♥♥
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:iconiluzionista:
iluzionista Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009   Photographer
Great shot. I like the city scenes and I also like B&W photography. You got both in here. :) Nice perspective also.
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009   Photographer
Thanks! I'm really glad you like it!
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:iconiluzionista:
iluzionista Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009   Photographer
You're welcome. ;)
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LightrayPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Is a wondorful little bit of emotion. Look, the lines of the paint are almost the same degree at the angle on the lines of the shadow.
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009   Photographer
It's a really significant piece for me personally, and I think it holds a lot of truth about the society of our world today.
I tried to capture both ideas in one, and I hope I succeeded in that.
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LightrayPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't think anyone has ever presented five amazing pieces of photography to me in one chunk before. Amazing linear composition and the directional photography.
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:icondenimandfrills:
denimandfrills Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009   Photographer
:faint: Thank you so much.
You just made my day with that, really.
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EvilMist Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
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i'm in the same situation as you are .. never did class for this stuff i just do them by ear ... anyway i say it's a good composition as it is and the long shadows are really an eye catcher ...

it just depends on what you were trying to achieve ... and i don't think you wanted that cement in the corner to attract the eye more then the shadows ... so i'd suggest maybe a crop to eliminate some of that "blind" spot of all that cement that catches the eye with all it's cracks and stuff ...

but overall it's good ... i like it :)
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:icondenimandfrills:
denimandfrills Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009   Photographer
Thanks! :meow:
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KiwiKassa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:icongimmefeedback:

It's a pretty good photo~ contrast looks nice ect. ect. however the only thing I dislike is the lack of focus in the picture.

I wish you could capture more of the shadows and feet for your next shots.

Otherwise~ awesome ^^
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009   Photographer
Lack of focus?
:noes:
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KiwiKassa Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
haha well... It's not such a horrible thing. I guess the way I worded it sounds bad.... but all I mean is that there is a nice focus but it's not really in focus... it's hard to explain.

You have a great part of the picture that you should focus on more. There I think that makes sense.

^^;;
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Zeela12 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
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wow you're only a beginner to black and white? well that looks great really!

Let's start with your successes, well one thing that really really stands out is the balance of black and white here. You did a great job making a balanced photo. Another strength is the shot itself, it's a very powerful shot that has a lot of imagery, and the shadows of the people especially look great.

Now the problems, well, for one thing I think the lines on the ground are a bit distracting. I know it's supposed to be real life and all and that's why it's photography right? But to be it looks really messy and really confuses the eyes. Perhaps that's just me so I'm not too sure.

All in all, it's a great solid work, keep it up!
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mandyrae67 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Student
This is a really interesting photo. id say to improve its meaning i would try and get more people on the cross walk but i love how its cropped, i dont know many people who can crop a human in half and still create a succesful photo. this is actually quite amazing for a first attempt, all my photos from when i first started getting interested in photography kind of suck. good job :]
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Photographer
Thank you so much! C:
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mandyrae67 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Student
no problem nice smiley too btw. never seen that one.
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Photographer
Haha yeah I get that a lot. c:
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Kth3Gr3at Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
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I've never taken a class either! :)

My gosh, you have such great ability, esp since you've never had a formal class. I really love the long shadows, they add to this shot magnificently. The legs, I would add a little more of them into the shot next time you try something like this, they almost look accidental but I don't think they were. The lines, my oh my, I love all the symmetry here, the lines on the street, the almost perfectly equal spacing between the figures strides, this is really an excellent capture. And putting it in B/W makes it all that much better. Great job and definitely keep it up! :D
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Photographer
Thank you so much! :aww:
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:iconkth3gr3at:
Kth3Gr3at Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Youre very welcome! :)
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x-surrealist-x Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   General Artist
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Great, fantabulous capture! :la: +fave. I love the long shadows. In my humble opinion, I actually like the angle of the shot. :) Awesome black and white picture, good job. Very urban. :)
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Photographer
Thank you so much!
:dummy:
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x-surrealist-x Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009   General Artist
haha no problem. :hug:
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Student Photographer
:icongimmefeedback:

First off, :+fav:

:D Now, I think this is a great shot, and you have an incredible artistic ability. I love how you picked out the shadows and turned them into something really special.

:aww: I would've made sure those legs in the background were in more of the frame ,.... so they don't look like an accident.

Other than that, great job!
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Photographer
Yay! Thank you! :la:

Well, the photo was very spontaneous, so I got pretty lucky. c:
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Student Photographer
:thumbsup:
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Doodlee-a Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
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I love the long shadows. They really add to it. The picture itself seems a little lower from the focus, which throws it off a little. I want to tilt the camera up a little more. I like the feet as the focus!
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Photographer
They're my favorite part too. :meow:

I was actually taking this while crossing the street, with the camera pointed down significantly. That would be why it seems fairly low. :nod:
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Doodlee-a Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Ahh...
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Homicidal-Sharpie Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
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Firstly, :+fav: ^_^
Secondly, it is great for a b+w photo. Props for not having any art classes and simply using your eye. :aww: I think that this photo might be a little too simplistic though. Although the simplicity adds to the overall piece, there isn't anything to immediately "catch" the viewer's attention. The shadows are my favorite part BTW. This piece is wonderful, just very subtle. Hope I could be of any help to you and keep up the great work! :D
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Photographer
Firstly, :la:

Secondly, thank you so much. :meow:
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Homicidal-Sharpie Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Haha, my pleasure. :aww:
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BatmanPA Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Nice, a little Photoshop would help. Photoshop out the small things (feet I assume) entering from the top. The white ones on the right take your eye off the photo. The two on the left are up to you, but I look at the photo without them. PL
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Minzile Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009   General Artist
amazing! this is a wonderful work. like i said once i don't really like photography but in my opinion are pics like that art. great! go on like that :)
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009   Photographer
:D

I entered it into a black and white contest.
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:iconminzile:
Minzile Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009   General Artist
great :)
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denimandfrills Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009   Photographer
:D
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