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Totem Pole in BW

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 5 July 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Rand had asked if I had looked at black and white as an option on the totem pole photographs. I went back to one of the compositions and converted it to BW. This is an afternoon photograph taken from the other side of totem pole. This location is a difficult drive through some deep sand dunes! I was going to possibly take a star trail photograph from this location but got too tired for the long drive to this spot!

Michael from TX, United States

Wow....this is stunning. Great job and good choice going with BW.

5 Jul 2009 6:45am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic panoramic view and a great b/w, Scott. I think the trip was worth lookin at the results :)
It's a wonderful piece of our planet indeed!

5 Jul 2009 7:11am

Arantza from Menorca, Spain

I love the format, black and white, it's a fantastic photo!

5 Jul 2009 10:12am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Definitely worth the effort Scott! This is an amazing shot and your B&W treatment serves it up admirably. Well done! ;-)

5 Jul 2009 11:24am

Christopher from Atlanta, United States

Great detail! I love the Ansel Adams look and feel!

5 Jul 2009 11:54am

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

powerful. beautiful light and composition. great work! :)

5 Jul 2009 1:29pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Spectacular geological formation in b/w and love the crop panorama.

5 Jul 2009 1:44pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Fantastic Scott. I love the plain in the foreground with the lighter slope up to Totem in the background.

5 Jul 2009 3:08pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Black and white suis so well those timeless and fascinating settings. Exceptionnal panorama.

5 Jul 2009 3:19pm

Don Smith from California, United States

This image works beautifully in B&W Scott. I'm reminded of Ansel's work with the rich sky/cloud combination - very well done. Also, I like how you positioned the chaparral in the foreground to not only frame the image and create some depth, but also allowing the darker tones work the eye up too the totem poles. I worked years in developing and printing my B&W - had built three darkrooms along the way. I may need to take some time and revisit this medium in digital form. Any luck with lightning? Have a safe trip home.

5 Jul 2009 3:35pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Fascinating image, especially with BW choice !

5 Jul 2009 4:39pm

Ken from United States

I bow down to you!

5 Jul 2009 4:41pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I also thought of Ansel Adams. Awesome sky.

5 Jul 2009 4:53pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Well done, Scott. I love red rock in monochrome.

5 Jul 2009 5:20pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Amazing shot !!! B and W is a very good choice !!! Great job !!!

5 Jul 2009 5:28pm

Miguel Almeida from Lisboa, Portugal

Hi Scott,
the B&W brings another dimension to this fantastic landscape.
Fantastic

5 Jul 2009 5:32pm

Tammy-Cricket from United States

I really like this one in B&W! Perfect choice.

5 Jul 2009 7:40pm

DaveB from Exeter, United Kingdom

Beautiful B&W shot, looks like such a beautiful spot!

5 Jul 2009 9:47pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Quite a contrast from yesterday's shot! Like the effect.

6 Jul 2009 12:54am

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Looking like another planet....what a shot this is in black and white :)

6 Jul 2009 2:37am

mats from Texas, United States

I love this too. Excellent contrast! I like the shadow play on the left most ridge. Another 5 stars Scott.

6 Jul 2009 4:30am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

amazing landscape, the sharp & textural pattern of the poles are further enhanced by the b/w display of the panorama

6 Jul 2009 8:11am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Fabulous landscape and an unusual subject: the totem. Excellent!

6 Jul 2009 10:46am

Mags from Paris, France

Once again, this is just amazing.
You did a wonderful work there!

6 Jul 2009 11:49am

Sadaf Agah from tehran, Iran

beautiful shot , b&w mode suits well

10 Jul 2009 10:55am

k@ from Paris, France

Gorgeous lighting enhanced by the B&W !

29 Jul 2009 1:23pm