An excellent silhouette image. The water ripples are good and keep the water from being "whited out." The composition and verticality of the image are good too. I get a feeling of daydreaming.
This is really cool. It is both sensuous and enigmatic. The feather and bangles add a festive feel to it. The wall covering 1/3 of the image actually adds drama since she is not smiling into the mirror.
Beginning next Sunday I will be away on a long vacation. Since I need to clean up after my grandsons' Xmas visit (LOL!) and prepare for my trip, I will not be posting or commenting until February. Cheers!
Thank you Patricia! Have a great vacation! We will miss you!
I make a photos black and white typically because the colors are not what they should be or because there is heavy contrast in the photo that may appear more pleasing in black and white. I believe it is a trial and error thing, make black and white whatever you think might look good; if it woks then keep it and if it doesn't then change the picture back to its original state or try something else.
I pretty much agree that it is a trial and error matter. One thing I have noticed is that what "feels" like "contrast" in color doesn't necessarily translate to a good-contrast B&W image. Orange and blue, for instance, may appear great in a color image but, when converted to B&W have nearly the same mid-gray value. This may be one reason why Ansel Adams darkened his skies in B&W images far darker than their appearance on contact sheets. Creating a B&W layer in Photoshop enables me to heighten or lessen color values in order to yield desired B&W outcomes. Often a slight infrared appearance makes for an exciting image. Heightening yellows and, especially, greens creates this cool effect. And, as I always remind myself: Art is subjective!
My composition doesn't change when I leave monochrome. only metering. If there isn't color that will pop on Velvia it must be monochrome