I claim to be a supporter of black and white photography, but I realise I haven't posted a monochrome for quite some time. So this redresses the balance a little I hope.
Despite having a rare glimpse of the sun on this afternoon, I felt that the image worked better without colour. Many (most?) will disagree.
On the skyline is Lindisfarne Castle, re-vamped as a summer residence by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901 when it became the property of Edward Hudson, a publishing magnate and the owner of Country Life magazine.
The harbour itself is bleakly beautiful, but as a sailor myself, I'm not sure I'd want to keep a boat here: it's pretty exposed to any weather from the south-east.
See a larger version here.
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Royaldevon (36089) 2014-08-13 2:14
Without considering the b&w aspect, this is a beautifully composed photograph.
The upside down boat has wonderful textures, leading to a second boat, which ultimately leads to the imposing Lindisfarne Castle.
The boats, the wheeling birds and the anchor, paint rekindled memories of the seaside.
I have no problem with the b&w. It creates no distractions but it does link back to times in childhood!
Thanks for this,
williewhistler (16193) 2014-08-13 2:59
the textures and gentle curves of the boats make a nice lead into the Castle which is ever so nicely placed in the frame.
The swirling sea gulls and that well situated anchor add their own interest to a well composed mono scene,can we expect more?
Best regards Les.
Tue (32508) 2014-08-13 3:08
I really like to see this great photo of Lindisfarne. As a teacher of English with a passion for history, I often tell my students about the Viking raid of Lindisfarne in 793 (before playing a game about it on the BBC History website), but unfortunately, I have never been able to visit the place myself (yet, I add hopefully). I like your decision to post a black and white version as well the inclusion of the boat in the foreground. Thanks for sharing.
swapankumarroy (2847) 2014-08-13 3:49
I really like this unique composition, a boat and a castle foreground and background. Good idea to convert this image into black and white made its gravity and look very nice. Well executed.
with warm regards,
macjake (64644) 2014-08-13 4:03
lots of rustic scenes and rustic elements in this one.
i like the progression of the boats, and also the progression of the boats turned upside down, then upright, then upside down again.
there's the usual chaotic organization that tends to surface in these locations, and its here in your scene too.
the Castle is a sweet addition to the bg scenery.
Oh what it must be like to have a Castle as a SUMMER home!
don't mind the monochrome treatment at all.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-13 5:05
I like this in monochrome. It is well composed with the dominance of the old boats in the foreground and the anchor to the right. Lindisfarne castle plays a supporting but necessary role for breaking the horizon, providing context and a position for the eye to finally rest.
wolf38 (31286) 2014-08-13 6:46
Hi Will. Another black and white photograph with best shades between black and white. Fine composition. Everything is strong and impressive.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
holmertz (48922) 2014-08-13 7:06
This is a good composition by any means, but it's really amazing how much difference the larger size makes. It comes alive in a quite different way. The boats look rather battered, like they've been neglected for a very long time. The castle and the steep rock make a spectacular view. I first learned about Lindisfarne from Roman Polanski's 1966 movie Cul-de-sac. I haven't seen it for years but I have a DVD copy. I should have a look at it.
Silvio1953 (136675) 2014-08-13 7:40
Ciao Will, fascinating B&W with old boats in FG, splendid light and excellent perspective, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
CLODO (33422) 2014-08-13 10:06
Good to see your B&W pictures again!
I am delighted by this seacape, sharp from the FG to the infinite, surprised by the sharpness on the flying gulls.
thank you for the lesson
annjackman (21674) 2014-08-13 10:09
The b/w conversion really suits the subject. I love the lead in along the boat with the castle in the BG. A moody shot with a great tonal range. I remember being there about 10 years ago - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
cornejo (39329) 2014-08-13 10:13
Hi Will, I like this black and white photo of this interesting and beautiful composition, very well captured with good pov on this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, good lighting and good quality. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
mesutilgim (92350) 2014-08-13 11:18
Perfect b&w capture with very good pov and layoutoft those abandoned old boats. Very goof artisanal effect.
TFS and best regards
papera (14184) 2014-08-13 14:13
as a fan of Bernard Cromwell's saga of Uthred of Bebbanburg I say: thank you for giving an image to a place that in my imagination, book after book, I tried to picture surrounded by Viking ships and battered by the elements...
I agree with Gert that size does matter here - the castle would have almost disappeared in the background in the old days of the 350KB pics... :)
love the contrasty b/w - you should indeed do it more often :)
rbassin (21715) 2014-08-14 9:14
La vue sur le port est très bien faite en N B, les tons gris et les contrastes sont bien.
Belle lumière sur les barques et au loin avec les mouettes.
kasianowak (8209) 2014-08-14 10:41
I've just looked at some other images on TE and thought "What on earth happened to contrast in photography? Are we now supposed to apply HDR treatment to absolutely every situation?"
And then I found this - thank you! :-)
lousat (87108) 2014-08-14 15:22
Hi Will,i'm not a black and white fan but i like your attempt,this scenery seems perfect to try a work in PP like your,magnificent composition,fine detail everywhere and very bright lights! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
emka (91496) 2014-08-14 23:30
hello Will, this small castle on the hill reminds me Saint Michel, it looks a bit like a miniature version of it. I wonder if the tides here are also high? Not a good place to have here a boat for longer, but those that are here look very picturesque. I like black and white here. It gives a nostalgic, romantic mood.
WArm regrads MAlgo
arnie (1805) 2014-08-15 12:29
Yes definitely a mono shot. A few old boats taken from a good POV leading the eye to Lindisfarne.
Have a nice weekend.
COSTANTINO (62645) 2014-08-20 9:26
Hello dear friend
I really like this composition in sepia
minimalistic shot indeed
please let your imagination free and
have a nice evening
GyurMaster (1797) 2014-08-30 13:42
I would certainly say a few words to protect your words if public anger turns against you because of BW converting.:)
Excellent composition with perfect tone control, colours are needless.
unclehotshot (3991) 2014-08-31 7:42
Great composition here;the keels guiding the eye along ... ending up at the old famous monestary.
Black and white works spiffingly, doesn't it!!
akustyk (4134) 2014-09-13 15:15
very good effort with the composition. complex, well balanced and rewarding for the viewer. black and white tones very pleasant, too
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (9401)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-04-27
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/20.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Will's monochromes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-13 2:02