Featured A Look at Gators & Frogs in Black & White

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Phocal, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    In preparation of two photo contest (B&W Animals and Monochrome Macro) I converted some of my photographs to B&W. I was rather surprised how well gators convert over to B&W, it really brings out their texture.

    Figured I would share what I came up with. I am also interested in knowing what your 4 favorite photographs are. I can enter 4 into each contest and I can't decided which ones to enter into the B&W Animal contest out of the 12 I present here. The Macro contest will include the 3 frogs plus another photograph I have. The Animal contest can include the macro shots, so take that into account when selecting your top 4. Thanks in advance to anyone who takes their time help me decide.

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    Death Watches
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Curiosity
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    MFD
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Rib it Dude
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Golden Eye
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Slowly
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Careful
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Life Reflected
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Clover
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Sexy
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    The Prince
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Vendetta
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr
     
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  2. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
    Sameer
    Great shots, all. As I am sure you knew :)

    I would vote for Death Watches, Rib it Dude, Slowly and Sexy.
     
  3. Hypilein

    Hypilein Mu-43 Veteran

    454
    Mar 18, 2015
    I prefer the first one to all the others by far. The high contrast processing really pulls the attention to the gator. I don't really like the other ones as much, with an exception of "Golden Eye" maybe.
     
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  4. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    Death watches. Careful. The Prince.
     
  5. DenverDutchman

    DenverDutchman Mu-43 Regular

    79
    Jul 10, 2013
    Colorado, Denver area
    Great conversions. Always LOVE your gator shots! "Death watches" and "Golden Eye" are my two favorites by far.
     
  6. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Clover & Sexy. Superb shots.
     
  7. anoly

    anoly Mu-43 Regular

    48
    May 31, 2016
    Death watches and MFD.
     
  8. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I want to thank everyone for their replies, it does help in my decision making. I also want to apologize for taking so long to respond and for doing all in one post. Been really sick the last few days and this is the first time I have gotten out of bed to do anything since making the first post.

    Again, thanks for your input............
     
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  9. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    Malaria???

    Feel better.
     
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  10. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    LOL, you would think.................

    Thanks and it seems to just be a bad cold that needs to go away fast, the airshow is in 8 days.
     
  11. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    Death watches, curiosity, mfd, the prince
     
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  12. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Prince, sexy, life, death
     
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  13. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Thank you, I appreciate it.
     
  14. AdamK

    AdamK Mu-43 Rookie Subscribing Member

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    Dec 3, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Adam
    Death Watches is a shoo-in, and then Sexy, Slowly, Rib It, and Golden Eye in that order.
     
  15. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Thanks @barry13@barry13 for bringing this thread back for those of us who missed it the first time around! I would go Curiosity, Death Watches, Golden Eye, and Life Reflected in that order. But all are superb, and I really enjoyed them in B&W.
     
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  16. Ramsey

    Ramsey Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 9, 2013
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Death watches is a winner by itself. Low key at it's finest.
     
  17. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Hard to chose against Death Watches. All the fear of Crocs embodied in one image. After that, Careful, Rib It, and Vendetta.
     
  18. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    Even if we are a little late...

    1. Death watches: no need to explain.
    2. Careful: i like the people in reflected in the eyes, it tells a story. And feels close! And texture.
    3. Vendetta: texture and profile
    3. Curiosity: flowing water
     
  19. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    First I want to thank @barry13@barry13 for featuring my thread, I truly do appreciate it.

    Next, thank you for all the replies and your suggestions.

    For the B&W Animal contest I ended up entering 3 photos from this list plus a 4th that I converted at the last minute. I did ok in the contest but not as well as I was hoping for, ended up 275th out of about 4,000 entries. Here are the 4 that I entered in the order that they ranked as individual photos for the contest (did not get any photos in the top 100 this time around).

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    Curiosity
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Death Watches
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Percy 02
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

    30301201105_9504ca471a_c. Slowly by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

    For the Monochrome Macro I ended up at 126th out of about 3,000 with these 4 photographs. Here I entered two photographs that I didn't post in this thread.

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    The Claw in Black and White
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    The Prince
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    MFD
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

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    Smile
    by RRcoleJR Photography, on Flickr

    Thanks again everyone for your suggestions and support.

    Ronnie
     
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  20. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    It's always nice to discuss quality work.
     
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