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Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 9 January 2011 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Still exploring the possibilities of Black and White photography.
While posting this image I wondered in which category I should place this one: Plant and nature? Abstract and conceptual? Landscape and Rural ?
A difficult choise ... That way I came to the title of this image: "Plantscape": A landscape based enterily on plants with a bit abstract and conceptual sound ... maybe the beginning of a series ?

I was wondering about the prints in the background: should they be removed to get a more clean background ? Tell me your opinion.

Image: Schilde (BE) - 07/01/2010 Raw convertion to Black and White

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/11.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb B&W and composition, love the shadow. I like the prints in the background

9 Jan 2011 11:13am

@Christine: Thx for your opinion, Christine. Normally I don't clone things out of my images (except sensordust) but someone suggested to do so for the prints in this image. I prefer to keep my images natural.

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful winter photo!

9 Jan 2011 3:31pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you, Don. The prints in the background does not disturb the image?

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Eine schöne Kompositon in schwarz/weiß ! Wie gehts dir so ? Schade, daß ich gar nichts mehr von dir sehe - ich meine schriftlich ! Schöne Grüße Sonja

9 Jan 2011 8:41pm

@Loner: Hi, Sonja ! Yes indeed, I have to apologize for not being around much on the site to comment on images or answer on comments made on my images for the last month or so. I hope to be able to spend some more time again for doing so the upcomming period. Hope you and your husband are realy fine and I send my very best wishes for both of you for 2011. Warm Greetz !

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Vind het een prachtige foto, het gebogen riet doet mij denken aan een chinese karakter....
De aanwezige sporen zijn denk ik een kwestie van smaak: van mij mag het zonder want het leidt wat af van het hoofdonderwerp.

9 Jan 2011 11:12pm

@Marleen: Bedankt voor je mening, Marleen. Ik denk dat het inderdaad een kwestie van smaak en overwegingen is en vooral van keuzes maken - iets wat soms bijzonder moeilijk is.

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

When taking nature photos, you got to take what nature gives you. You are not doing a painting where you can decide what should be on it. The prints in the back makes this photo more realistic.

9 Jan 2011 11:18pm

@Don Levesque: I share this opinion, Don. It comes down to choices in the end I think. Thanks for thinking about this !

myky from London, Canada

A striking image...I admire your philosophy on keeping your images natural

10 Jan 2011 4:29pm

@myky: Thanks Myky. It is not always an easy choice.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I like the shadows, it adds depth to the image. I would take out the prints. They are out-of focus and detract from your subject.

11 Jan 2011 12:11am

@Julie Brown: Thanks for your opinion, Julie. I find in the comments on this image so far two different tendencies : 1. keep the scene as originally captured 2. Manipulate in order to remove some distracting elements. You know I always tend to do the first. With this one I'm just not sure. The prints were there and I simply couldn't keep them out of the image. I agree the image would be better when the prints are removed, but I will loose the original scene and the 2nd comment made by Don levesque makes sense to me: that is the way I want to make my images. Maybe I just have to hope to get an opportunity to take a similar image without the prints ?

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm