Practicing Black and White

by Amir Honarmand March. 02, 2011 4734 views

Hi my friends,
Today I went out and too some photos in park but at home, since I love Black and White photography but I am not good at it, I decide to do some Black and White from now on for sometime to get better in it, then please tell me what you think about my photos and help me improve i won't get annoyed by your criticize I appreciate them all.

Poem:

A man's lonliness is,
Yell,
Revolt,
But in fact
A man's lonliness,
Is a whisper
Which only God can hear.

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The idea is that criticism does not stand outside the work of art, but stands alongside, maybe even inside, the work of art, participating in the work in order to further express and tease out what the artist already put there. In this theory of criticism, we don't need the critic to tell us what is good or bad, to tell us what to like and dislike. We need the critic, instead, to help us experience. We need the critic in the way that we need a friend or a lover.
Morgan Meis, On the state of criticism in 2011

Houman one of my friends.

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Shamballah 8 years, 10 months ago

stunning work!
chapeau!

8 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jordan 8 years, 11 months ago

Javier - I really like the poem. The pics and poem go good together, they are very powerful and work hand in hand. good job!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Karman 8 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful set.
Your Friend is a little dark for me, but it works well.
The man in the park is WONDERFUL. I agree that the post is a bit distracting, a simple crop would fix that.
The bench is perfection. It has such a forelorn sad feel about it...it is just waiting for someone to share a loving chat or a simple lunch...Beautiful.

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Silvanwild 8 years, 11 months ago

Good set!
I like 1 and 3 most.
Contrast is great!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
E. 8 years, 11 months ago

excellent!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jayson Escolano 8 years, 11 months ago

nice photos!!
1. more lights at the right side to see the beautiful portraiture.
2. i like ur composition the triangle shape and the subject people at the side but a little bit light for the subject.
3.composition is good & the color but be careful for the croping.
4. nice reflection of the subject!!!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Angelika Ejtel 8 years, 11 months ago

Well, I don't know much about photographie in terms of perfect technical parameters. However, I am able to tell a story about the man represented in the first photograph, a mean walking in the park in the second one, an abandoned bench in the third one and a signet ring in the fourth one. Does it mean my criticism is worth your attention? Or does my interpretation contribute to your work of art? According to your request, this is not the case because what you desire as criticism doesn't correspond with the theorie of criticism in your quote. You want your viewers to tell you what's good and bad in order you can improve whereas the idea of criticism of Meis concerns participation in the art by espressing feelings we get from watching or experiencing the work of art ([i]teasing out[/i]) and this way adding to the art what the artist hid there.
This is the main reason why I will just restrict myself to comment on your poem.

First of all, it has a good composition based on the contrast of auditive sensations: loud ([i]yell, revolt[/i]) and silent ([i]whisper[/i]). The main theme is associated with incomprehension of human being even if it's [i]a man's lonelines[/i] and exalted in the eyes of God who is the only one capable of hearing it. The fact that you noticed these two faces of human loneliness-- violent and a peaceful one--is the greatest ingredient to your well balanced poetry.

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marsha 8 years, 11 months ago

I love B/W shots, too....you did very well! #1 is excellent but needs to be lightened just a tiny bit...and like the interest of the reflection in the last one.

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Goldbrandi 8 years, 11 months ago

Superb portrait!

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 8 years, 11 months ago

I did not try the BW yet and I am really tempted after seeing your photos - I love the portrait very much, I can read a lot of emotions from this photo ...

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Dzmitry Samakhvalau 8 years, 11 months ago

i vote for #1 and 3

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Joseph Hummel 8 years, 11 months ago

great portrait for #1
good set

8 years, 11 months ago Edited
Ray King 8 years, 12 months ago

I don't shot b&w and have little to offer that wasn't been mentioned. I do think that you need to decide on what mood you want to convey and adjust according. For example, I think #2 is very moody as posted and I like it. It would have loss that quality had you lessen the gray tones and made the b&w more contrasting.

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Pauline Wilson Brooks 8 years, 12 months ago

love the poem. appreciate the quote re. constructive criticism - and I think the first shot is extremely powerful - well done.

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Paulagr 8 years, 12 months ago

Very nice shots and poem!

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
John Wright 8 years, 12 months ago

Very nice work.

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Mary 8 years, 12 months ago

First of all, how do you make your b/w conversion? which software and process?
1. I like the focus on the mouth and the detail in the beard. The portrait is emotional and close. Though I think that the eyes are too dark, the image could use a bit more highlights.
2. I love the idea of the old man walking through an empty alley, though the man and the bench behind him get merged in this image and this weakens the impact.
3. beautiful contrast and detail! I'd have prefered more space on the right and the whole bench in the frame.
4. interesting, I like the reflection and the negative space. Maybe a square crop would work better?

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Ricardo 8 years, 12 months ago

superb!
1# for me ;)

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Andrã©S 8 years, 12 months ago

Good job¡¡ I like all the set specially nº 1

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Kim 8 years, 12 months ago

the third one looks magic. and a bit strange. i like it, because it's somewhere romantic, i think :)

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 8 years, 12 months ago

hgreat b&w, i like 1 and 3 the most!

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Josy 8 years, 12 months ago

Altogether I like this set, but 2 does not seem to me contrasted enough. For me the bench is the best.
I am happy "to see again" you Amir, in spite of all your "current events" and I like your poem

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Jacki 8 years, 12 months ago

B/W are my favorite shots! I suggest finding someone here on PB who does it really well and observe. (for example: Kerfendal or xabolcs)

As for your shots:
#1 I like a lot. The only suggestion I have would be to dodge the whites of his eye on the left a little so that it shows up better. I'd call this one really successful.
#2 doesn't have enough range, it's muddy, too many details lost. I'd play with the histogram a little and try to bring out the shadows... also try sharpening it.

For what it's worth I think that a full range of black to white (check your histograms) and sharpness are two of the most basic ingredients of a really good b/w.

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Robertpetergee 8 years, 12 months ago

nice one mate!!
love the contrast in the last one...very strong blacks and white!

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Claire 8 years, 12 months ago

it s very nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Roger 8 years, 12 months ago

great set Amir, I too am a big fan of B&Ws
added the bench to my favs

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
Lismel 8 years, 12 months ago

Did the recent protest in Iran inspire you this poem ? It feels like it. I really enjoyed that poem. I read it again and again. I appreciate short poems, because it's the art of saying a lot of things with few words. And I think that you keep getting better at it.

About the photos, I really like the first one. I think that this is your best use of black and white in the whole set. I love b&w for portraits, it's the way to do the most beautiful portrait. I like how you framed it (close to the face, so it emphasize the eye and this intense look on his face). However, I think the picture is a bit too contrasted. The contrast is nice on the face, it brings out all the details of his beard and his face. But you lost all the details in the hair, and it just looks like one big black thing. I read that it's a common mistake of beginners in b&w photography (I do it often too), and it's important to avoid it because the human eye deals better with "too bright" rather than "too dark" (I hope I'm being clear !). Well, it's really not that big of a deal, but you said that you wanted feedback, so there you go !
About the second photo... it's the one I like the less. This time, it's the contrary : there is not enough contrast ! It wasn't your fault, but the sky was obviously too white, without details, so it just looks plain. And since the sky takes quite a good place in your photo, it weakens the whole picture.
#3 is very good (perfect contrast ^_-) but you should have chosen a wider framing, in my opinion. It would have been a bit better if you hadn't cute the bottom and the top of the bench. However, I absolutely love these reflections of lights, it is gorgeous !
I like the last as well. Good depth of field, nice reflection, perfect choice of black and white !
Overall, a very good set Amir ! I really enjoyed each of your picture ! And I'm glad to see you back on PB :D

8 years, 12 months ago Edited
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