For me, and just for me, it is better. It is better because now knowing that the focal point was to show and appreciate the gothic architecture, I can do so in this capture. I offer at least the same remark I left at the today's post by Return of Chris of a garden scene in black and white. That is: in a very complicated scene with many elements it is hard to decipher the subject or focal point when the capture is done in simple black and white. Frankly, in the b & w of this everything but the sky cloud seemingly coming out of the church steeple blended into lighter tones so little depth or distinction was recognizable. Here, I can clearly see the architecture, and the sky's importance only becomes a supporting role.
I would like to suggest a third consideration for the capture. Try to edit it to high contrast black and white. It seems to me that that would distinguish the elements of the capture better if you wanted to keep it in black and white. But, this is just a suggestion. Alas, you are the artist and I but a failed novice (yea, I know, you're getting pretty sick of this statement. But, this is my cop-out. Ha, Ha.).
I'd sure like to get Mortong's and other members' opinions on this, too. Just as a reference point.
Unfortunately, except for me and Mortong most of the other members here seem to be illiterate. They are great photography artists, though. (Maybe now they won't hit me.)
Because no one else seems interested enough to comment I decided to put both posts in my favs. This way when my mom has family visitors who are photographers I can show the posts to them and get their comments and views. Thanks for posting both. Bob
Thank you Bob.Btw i like the wee addendum you add at the end of the posts.Don't feel the need to apologise for it nor indeed feel the need to apologise for the lack of others comments.I'ts a large forum with lots of great pictures,life's toooooooooooo short to comment on them all!
Mald i take all the advice i can get.Sarcasm on the other hand i hold in disdain.Bob made a statement regarding the other members of this fine forum's lack of opinion regarding my posts.I never thought anything of it to be honest.I look at most folks work on here and never pass comment.Why? two fold,i don't have the technical know how to pass any critical judgement and also sometimes i think my occasional "wow" makes me look like a cretin.I dont know if you and Bob have history but as for me Bob has always been courteous and polite.I dont really care if my pictures are technically good ,bad or indifferent.It matters not to me,i dont do this for a living or to seek others approval.I'm not that insecure.But it's nice when someone expresses an opinion and they say it gives them a wee bit of joy in an otherwise joyless world.
Maybe it's time to take the pictures and myself elsewhere? if it's a competition then count me out.If it's a forum for the amateur and pro alike then i'm happy to contribute.Sometimes it's hard to see just why exactly we all post on here.Your not illiterate Mald your posts prove as such.Then again like me i'm guessing you don't really care what anybody else thinks eh?For the record i love the pictures you produce your webpage its full of things of beauty.
I prefer to be honest which is not always what people want to hear. My comments are intended to be constructive. My advice to you is to examine the portfolios of some of the better photographers here and that does not include Bobwed.malsmith.com
Why would i want to? i don't look at Bobs pictures to learn anything,and i don't look at anyone elses with any aspirations to learn.You already had a go at me before with some observations on a picture i took and i accused you of being a photo snob.That retort bothered me ever since i posted it,but the post above makes me think you take great pictures but your manner leaves a lot to be desired.Here's what to do ,me and the likes of Bob will carry on posting our wee amateur hour shots and no comment is needed by the better photographers on here.I can't speak for Bob or anyone else but i don't need to be patronised by anyone.I have no one i look up to one here,in life, nowhere. If the good folk who maintain this place see fit to admonish me for any of this that's fine,but when i joined here it never said we all had to be pseudo David Baileys.Or have i not read the small print?...........................
You intend to be constructive and like the picture observations its all in the eye of the beholder.Too me Mald your comments were destructive.You do take fine pictures like i stated but best we ignore each others stuff from now on.I'll stick in the wee pool with the small fishes if this is the attitude of the big sharks.
Unfortunately, one more member leaving this blog wouldn't seem to make a difference as there has been a mass exit of wonderful members since the entrance of the "blog-stalker" Bobwed. I, personally, think he's an antagonist who hides behind the pretense of naivete. As for honest criticism - I welcome such honesty from classical photographers such as Mal. I find the politically correct verbiage quite boring. Good luck with your endeavours.It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see ~ Henry David Thoreau
catonic i find your intrusion as patronising as i do Malds.I am a roofer and trust me political correctness is not one of the strong points in my industry.But out of respect for this fine blog and most of it's members i refrained from resorting to abuse.Honesty is also something i hold dear in my everyday life.Have you ever raised your head above the parapet in regard to any of my posts before? .Like i said beforehand if the forum is populated by folk like your goodself who look down their nose at the less gifted then it is the sort of place i wouldnt want to frequent.My endeavours will carry on regardless but picky bitchy infights are for the playground.Theres a fine line between honest criticism and bullying.This line is in danger of being trod all over .Hiding behind a pretence isn't that why most folk on here have a nom de plume? Whatever Bobs motives (or yours or Malds) for that matter i can only say what i have before.Bob has been nothing but courteous and polite to me as have most of the folk.If there's hidden agendas then that's not my concern. I've already offered Mald an olive branch of sorts but really i see no reason why i actually should.And besides Mald probably doesn't need my validation he is a fine photographer as far as i can see.Catonic if you seriously want to continue this then a pm would be a better option.Political correctness can be left at the gate when it becomes personal eh?