Japanese village.

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by steveb, May 4, 2010.

  1. steveb

    steveb Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 14, 2010
    I visited a two small villages in the Nagano mountains at the weekend. I tried black and white for the first time with my E-PL1. The first three have had a small amount of work done in Aperture and the file sizes were reduced for uploading. Comments and suggestions are welcome:smile:

    E-PL1 14-42 kit lens.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27448188@N02/4576885559/" title="Arriving in Magome. by steveb73b, on Flickr"> 4576885559_ff978b0958. "375" height="500" alt="Arriving in Magome." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27448188@N02/4576900437/" title="Local crafts. by steveb73b, on Flickr"> 4576900437_f650bff491. "500" height="375" alt="Local crafts." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27448188@N02/4577529600/" title="Lunch time. by steveb73b, on Flickr"> 4577529600_ebc592318b. "375" height="500" alt="Lunch time." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27448188@N02/4576941773/" title="An old empty house. by steveb73b, on Flickr"> 4576941773_bb86b008e0. "375" height="500" alt="An old empty house." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27448188@N02/4577539586/" title="Buying a wasaga (umbrella). by steveb73b, on Flickr"> 4577539586_c5464ae09c. "375" height="500" alt="Buying a wasaga (umbrella)." /></a>

    You can see the rest of the set here:

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  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Steve, many thanks for these. I would love to go to Japan someday!

    I just looked and commented on a number of your shots on Flickr. I'm glad you took some in color, too. Of your black and white photos, my favorite is the above of the man leaning against the railing eating lunch. I think that one works extremely well as a black and white and allows me to see him, his hat and the footbridge and not get lost in the details of the forest and the stream. The lines from the railing converging with the footbridge...plus his hat, and what look as though they might be walking sticks...all of that plus the natural bending inward of some young trees (I think) on the left edge of the stream, along with the dappled light...make it come together really wonderfully.:2thumbs:

    One technical question - did you convert to black and white with Aperture or within the camera. I honestly can't remember if the E-PL1 offers that inner black and white conversion the way the E-P2 did.

    Again, thanks for all of these!
  3. steveb

    steveb Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 14, 2010
    BBW, thanks for taking the time to post both here and also on my Flickr gallery:smile: I'm really pleased that you like some of my photos. I'll have a good look through your Flickr account over the next few days:thumbup:

    All the black and whites were done within the camera. The only things I touched in Aperture were the definition, highlights and shadows.
    Thanks for suggesting Aperture to me last month. I can do much more than I could in iPhoto!!!

    The man leaning on the railing was my favorite, too. Its interesting to hear your thoughts on it. I was a little worried that he was going to turn round an ask me why I was taking his picture, but he didn't even notice me. Maybe it was the inobtrusive size of the camera or maybe it was just that he was tired...

    Anyway thanks again for all your comments, and good luck in getting to Japan. You won't be disappointed:wink: