OK, folks -- here's the Final 50 for February. Look these over and choose your favorites. We'll post the Voting Machine later this evening.
Stan Grossfeld sent these thoughts after he narrowed the field of 400+ photos to these Final 50:
"In the digital age, we are bombarded by color. But much of it is color for color's sake and is devoid of content and composition. Unfortunately, black and white photography has vanished quicker than your 401K.
"Ahhh, but thanks to the loyal users of Boston.com, all is not lost. Relief is just a few clicks away here in this RAW contest. In its finest form, black and white photography can be more abstract, more powerful, and more dramatic than its color cousin. The photos selected here are either arty, convey a moment (there were too few of these), a feeling, or an unusual angle. They possess beautiful (non-High Noon) lighting or great composition. They make us smile or want to leave the computer and enter the picture.
"This is an entertaining lineup that was a pleasure to judge. A great black and white photograph should have a black black, crisp midtones, and a white that includes some detail -- don't wash it out. Most of the photographs not selected were ruled out because they lacked the proper contrast. If the photos were shot digitally and converted to black and white, the contrast should be increased. That can be done in Photoshop or, in some cases, in the camera. Learning how to use the histogram will help.
"I also eliminated some based on poor composition -- elements cut off at the edges, or dead space in the photo.
"But enough technical advice. Just keep clicking, keep the composition simple and the lighting soft, fill the frame, and always look for something different. Let your camera do the talking for you."
Rather than putting the gallery in this blog this time, we placed it on a wider page. You can find it here.
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