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    Default "Landscapes: Nature Black and White" April 25 - May 9, 2012

    This week: You knew it was coming, "Landscapes: Nature Black and White", and this time you do not need to include a tree unless you want to. I know we've all seen wonderful black and white landscapes done by Ansel Adams and others, but this can be a more difficult assignment than urban black and white. Urban areas are often somewhat colorless and stark to begin with, but nature often just screams color and it's much harder to get our eyes to see the interplay of light and shadow, lines and contrast without it.

    Remember, not everything looks best in black and white. Try to "see" in monochrome when deciding what to shoot. This will take a bit of practice until you get used to it. Simplicity and strong shapes often work well, as well as strong contrast between light and dark. Stormy skies can add drama and textures can really stand out.

    So hit the great outdoors again, keeping buildings and people to a minimum. You can set your camera to take the shots directly in black and white, but often you get better results changing to black and white afterwards in an editing program.

    Photography Nature Black And White
    The black and white landscape: make a mono masterpiece
    How To Capture Stunning Fine Art Landscape Photographs

    Check out a few Ansel Adams shots for inspiration, even if Yosemite isn't in your backyard , studying his use of light and shadows with a critical eye is a good idea.

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    Next week: Mother's Day is coming up, so let us celebrate mothers with the way photographer's know best, by using our cameras.

    Whether its a portrait of your own mother, an image of a mother and child, or something that brings back a memory of your mother, we want to see how you can interpret this assignment.
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    Default Landscapes: Nature (Black & White)

    Here's my take on the assignment:

    Zenfolio | "The poet wants spectators, even if they are only buffaloes" | Black & Whites (Louisiana) | neighborwoods b&w

    Date Taken: May 2, 2012

    Canon PowerShot S95
    Exposure1/1000 at f/2
    Flash Not Fired
    ISO 800

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    Default Landscapes: nature: black and white

    I was sure we were looking at rural landscapes, not nature landscapes, so this image that I took for the assignment earlier this week may not be the most appropriate now.

    On the Lee

    Taken on 30 April 2012.
    Camera Canon EOS 50D
    Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
    Aperture f/7.1
    Focal Length 40 mm
    ISO Speed 100
    Lens EF17-40mm f/4L USM
    See more in my flickr photostream or on facebook

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    Default Assignment: "Landscapes: Nature Black and White" April 25 - May 9, 2012

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    Default Assignment: "Landscapes: Nature Black and White" April 25 - May 9, 2012

    Took this yesterday afternoon by Montgomery reservoir (Alma, CO). I haven't really given long exposure on water a try, but now being in an area with many beautiful mountain streams, it is something I want to work on more.

    Date Taken: May 1, 2012
    Camera: Canon 5D MkII
    Lens: Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
    Focal Lenght: 48mm
    Shutter Length: 4 sec
    Aperture: 22
    ISO: 50
    Flash: Did not fire
    Last edited by ErikUngerPhotography; 05-03-2012 at 03:56 PM.

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    Default The Old South

    "Landscapes: Nature Black and White"

    Taken in Isle of Hope, Georgia.

    The Old South by davegibson2011, on Flickr

    Date Shot: 4/29/2012
    Device: Nikon D3100
    Lens: VR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
    Focal Length: 18mm
    Aperture: f/7.1
    Shutter Speed: 1/200s
    Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

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    Default DPS Weekly Assignment - Landscape: Nature ~ Black and White

    DPS Weekly Assignment - Nature B&W

    Trees at Twilight

    Taken on April 27, 2012 at 7.15pm BST
    Camera Panasonic DMC-G2
    Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60)
    Aperture f/9.0
    Focal Length 42 mm
    ISO Speed 400
    Exposure Bias 0 EV
    Flash Off, Did not fire
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 with kit lens.
    Always keen to learn and improve, so any comments (good or bad!) always appreciated.

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    Default Assignment: "Landscapes: Nature Black and White

    Superb weather this week....
    can't wait till summer!
    DPS Assignment: Landscape - Nature black and white
    Date Taken: April 29, 2012
    Camera : Canon EOS 60D
    Lens : EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    Aperture : f/16
    Exposure : 1/125 sec
    ISO speed : 125
    Exposure Bias : 0 step
    Focal Length : 85 mm

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    Talking Assignment: "Landscapes: Nature Black and White


    Camera Olympus E-520
    Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
    Aperture f/11.0
    Focal Length 45 mm
    ISO Speed 400
    Flash On, Did not fire
    Date and Time (Original) 2012:04:26 14:49:41
    Last edited by flashpointe; 05-05-2012 at 02:38 AM.

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    O'Shaughnessy Flowage

    This is a cascade to the side of the main discharge of the O'Shaughnessy Dam just North of Columbus, OH, shot the evening of April 27th.

    Canon 40D
    Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens at f.4.5
    ISO 200
    30-seconds exposure in Manual
    2-second self-timer w/ mirror lockup
    B&W conversion in LightRoom 3.6
    David Lambert
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