"Boots 2"  © Paul Crockett
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(@davidmcmahon) David McMahon said:May 6th, 2012 (2:30pm) PDT
Experimentation is the key to understanding, Paul. But the thing that says "look at me" here is not just the difference (naturally) between the well-worn toes and the sturdy uppers, but also the fact that the shadow brings our eyes to that beautiful pattern of slow, gentle arcs across the ground. Might have missed that in colour.
(@yasumiyamiya) mitsu miya said:March 30th, 2012 (6:20am) PDT
beautiful b&w!!
(@Paul) Paul Crockett said (72dpi Admin):March 30th, 2012 (2:00am) PDT
Sorry, had to re-upload the right file. (Thank your Pandora for pointing out the issue with the angle. I had corrected it but uploaded the file without those changes by accident!)

Pandora said: hi paul, first of all: you did a great job! never seen such carefully processed boots ;o) no really, i like it a lot. the mood of sunlighted dust clearly rises. and although pretty bright lightened, the image got structures all over. no contrast is missing at the shadows. i got only one impression that doesn't fit in my eyes: the entire shot tilts to the left. maybe it's just because of the angles in the bg or the shadow lines. but i always want to turn it a little looking at it... hope you need some more breaks during your remodeling work to catch lots of other sunbathing stuff ;o)

Richard Bland said: The centre focus works well for this shot I know what you mean about getting the light right :-)
(@Paul) Paul Crockett said (72dpi Admin):March 30th, 2012 (1:57am) PDT
Thank you to everyone who commented on the original "Boots" photo. I have taken your critiques and a bunch of my own experimentation and applied them to this photo. I think I get a bit obsessive when working with monochrome, especially with getting the tones and light of the scene just right while maintaining the mood of the photo. Anyway, this is the result and I'm going to leave it alone now. This is it.
I'd greatly appreciate any other feedback you might have and thank you for visiting my portfolio... I appreciate all of your comments!

Paul Crockett

I'm intrigued by this photo now so I've been playing around with it, burning and dodging, using filters. Just like how we had to do in the darkroom years ago only now we don't have to leave our desk, or develop a new sheet of paper to test each change.

We're remodeling the kitchen so we tore out everything, right down to the floor. Anyway, when I took a break, I left my boots sitting here. When I came back in the room, the sun was hitting them, casting a cool shadow amongst all the dust. I just thought it looked kind of cool.

What do you think? I'm not a B&W person per se so any critique would be most appreciated.

Uploaded: Mar 30th, 2012 (1:55am)
Category: Other
Camera: Canon 5D Mark 3
Focal Length: 70 mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
ISO: 1600

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