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frost {b&w}

January 3, 2012

frost-bw-big

One of the editing tasks that I regularly perform is to look through my “Last 30 days 1 star” smart album, which contains those images that held some interest for me when I was initially reviewing them, but which also needed a bit more thought about whether they were really keepers or not.

This one, shot during our “frosty spell” in early December, has been in that queue, but it was only as I visualized it in black and white that it came to life for me, which was funny, since there was very little color in it to begin with. I moved it up to the ‘2-star’ queue, which I tend to revisit every three or four months. That’s when I get a bit more ruthless about editing: is it really a good image, or were there parts of it that detract and cause it to ultimately go back down to 1 star, or even more severe, into the world of no rating, which means it will ultimately get archived and largely forgotten.

(See it bigger, if you’d like; there’s some nice detail in there, especially among the supporting characters.)

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2 Comments

  • Reply Julie January 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

    It’s lovely, Rick. I like how it is complex one one level and simple on another. And, you’re right, it should be viewed large. As someone who is only just learning to evaluate black & whites, I note that this one doesn’t have a whole lot on the highlight end and I like that a lot – it seems to help keep the eye where it should be in the composition.

  • Reply Susan Bucharest January 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    This is a real beauty, Rick. I loved being able to blow it up. Very magical and evocative. Looks like an ancient metal sculptured border on an old painting frame, or a detailed master pencil sketch.

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