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Ember in Profile

My Flickr friend Fergal... challenged me to try black and white images for our Get Pushed! challenge. He set the standard pretty high, and really pushed me out of my comfort zone.

 

Here's my third attempt. I discovered that the lighting has to be perfect for black and white, and the contrasts need to be sharper than for colour photos. I can't rely on Mother Nature to dazzle the eye with her colours, instead the responsibility for a good shot falls to me. Fortunately, Photoshop is pretty forgiving (and even allowed me to remove the grass from Ember's mouth and the sleep from her eye).

 

This challenge has given me an entirely new respect for those who work in B&W!

 

Thank you to everyone for the kind comments and suggestions for improvement. I LOVE colour photos, but the feedback makes me think I'll continue experimenting with B&W every once in a while.

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Taken on January 8, 2012