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As soon as you remove colour, the shapes, textures, form, contrast, etc., have so much more to do.

This is what I often refer to as an "extract" image, as the composition is selected from a part from a bigger subject.

With good B&W we are often looking for the deepest black and crispest white, with good contrast control and here you have achieved that. The 3D form is easily seen and texture is excellent.

I do often like to have a singular point of reference in an image or a few key items and I'm not seeing any particular elements that maintain my eye contact.

More than anything I like the long strands that work as different subjects to the rest.
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Re: Wood Chips

An interesting contrast between the wood chips and long strands. It works well.
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Re: Wood Chips

I'd like to see the colour version for comparison.
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Re: Wood Chips

Nice enough bnw image, but I do find my eye wandering the frame for a clear focal point.
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Re: Wood Chips

With the very varied shapes and shadows, this is purely an exercise in tonality. It is the total frame and not a crop and as taken.
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My eye wandered around too, but this in itself made it interesting.
I like it David.
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Re: Wood Chips

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lend us the colour one to fiddle with
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Re: Wood Chips

Quite like this, think b&w works well
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so you have captured in B+W?
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so you have captured in B+W?
Just straight forward monochrome, Ian, no filters used, toning all done with FastStone.
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Just straight forward monochrome, Ian, no filters used, toning all done with FastStone.
Bugga; would have been an interesting file to play with

I would suggest going with colour and then convert PP. Once the camera has desaturated the file the colours are lost and much of B+W developing is done with the colour channels. Try taking a camera B+W photo of a red tomato/flower with green leaves behind it; green and red record as a dark grey

Of course we can adjust the camera to produce great jpg files off the card but that's all a mystery to me . yep too spoilt these days and I just gotta use raw.
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Re: Wood Chips

In the elder, dark room, days we used chemical, filters and light to get the effect we wanted, now we use sliders instead. Musy admit not having to set the Red light warning is a big plus
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Re: Wood Chips

I think this needs much more processing than it has had.

Here is a take on it.

Not my shot 10 2016 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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