Monday, 29 March 2010

I ♥ Faces - Week 13 ~ "Dramatic B&W"

This week over at iheartfaces they are looking for; 

"... B&W photos that are dramatic, sensational and/or moody in the way they are presented. Please don't just enter a typical portrait photo that has been converted to B&W. Something about your entry must catch our eye as being dramatic or moody for it to be passed along to the Guest Photographer Judge as a top entry for them to choose from."

So what is the definition of 'dramatic'
  • suitable to or characteristic of drama; "a dramatic entrance in a swirling cape"; "a dramatic rescue at sea"
  • sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect; "a dramatic sunset"; "a dramatic pause"; "a spectacular display of northern lights"; "it was a spectacular play"; "his striking good looks always created a sensation"
  • ...marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style; "a dramatic tenor"; "a dramatic soprano" 
Other words that came back were flamboyant, striking and effective.

My biggest struggle this week has not been to define 'drama' so much though, but to define what a 'typical' portrait is and then NOT use one! I predominantly take photos of life happening around me, I seldom pose my kids, or anyone else's and if I do, I aim for the 'atypical'. I have a wealth of wonderful photographs that look awesome in B&W. Some are more 'striking' than other, some more 'atypical', but many, many are, at the end of the day, just converted portraits! So this has proved to be REALLY tough to choose the 'right' picture. Do I go just for a striking B&W where the drama is in the editing? Do I go for a portrait where there is drama happening in the shot (which typically has a less dramatic B&W effect)? Do I go for a picture with lots of emotion and try to convey drama that way? Or do I try to get all of those things in, AND have one of my best, most well taken, crisp shots, because after all - this IS a competition!!

So, WOW ~ tall order! Too many of the pictures I might like to a have used have children in who I do not have permission to post to the web :(   Having got it down to about a dozen possibles, I decided to save the one that I really wanted to use, as it fits well with another upcoming theme in the next few weeks, so you will get to see that soon enough :D

In the end I've gone with this one because it does actually tick a lot of the boxes in terms of defining 'drama' and 'atypical'! It's not my favourite photo, but I do like it for it's energy ~ DD was dancing the way only small boys can! :D

If you're interested to see the pictures that almost made it here you can check out my set on Flickr ~ Black & White ~ some of them are there, or you can CLICK HERE to see them all in one post :D
For more dramatic B&W's this week, don't forget to check on over at I ♥ Faces, there's bound to be some 'striking' shots this week! 

But before you leave PLEASE leave your comments ~ good or bad, I'm thick skinned and it all adds to my education :D ~ THANKS!


Tara 29 March 2010 at 13:28  

Great capture!

Evette Mendisabal 29 March 2010 at 14:42  

Firstly I'm impressed with the thought and research that went into choosing your photo. Perhaps that is where I'm lacking ... more thought needed. I just pick the first photo that comes to mind, or take a new one.
Second WOW! Your photo is awesome. The drama in the photo made me smile immediately, the look of excitement on DD's face, the arm in the air ... I imagine you were watching a football match and your team had scored the winning goal. The B&W adds to the drama beautifully. Great shot!

Lisa 29 March 2010 at 14:45  

He looks super excited. Great capture of emotion.

Michelle Pixie 29 March 2010 at 15:15  

Great Capture! He is too cute and looking very dramatic. ;-)

Margo 29 March 2010 at 16:00  

Yousaidyou are a baby photographer wellIam a baby blogger new toall this also. I loved how you thought about the photo and made sure it fits the bill...and it so does!! great photo.. My photo is cute and dramatic as it was me capturing his mood that day. Cheers Margo

Tasha Ramstad Photography 29 March 2010 at 16:32  

I laughed when I pulled up your entry. What a great capture! He is so full of emotion, it pulls me right in to his fun :o) Thank you for stopping by my blog by the way; and for the very kind words :o)

Dana-from chaos to Grace 29 March 2010 at 16:37  

I REALLY understand your struggle! This week was difficult!

But the dessert entry coming up is gonna be really ROUGH too. UGH!

I LOVE the black and white at the ballet barre! OH MY!

Jami 29 March 2010 at 19:02  

Great capture...he looks very excited and you can feel his energy!

AkShutterBug 29 March 2010 at 19:45  

This is a wonderful capture and I love his expression!

Marvelous Mommy 29 March 2010 at 20:19  

Great picture!

melody 30 March 2010 at 01:52  

This is dramatic on many levels. Delightful.

T.J. 30 March 2010 at 03:00  

I do like it, I do! and if I hadn't seen all the gorgeous other one's you posted, I would even question it as my favorite. You're too talented for your own good ;)

MMGK 30 March 2010 at 03:50  

such a great picture! you know it's good when, even in black and white, i though to myself, i love the color contrast in the picture :)

CharlotteBellamy 30 March 2010 at 20:32  

Hey, great pic for this week's entry. I so love your intro wording too. I always think of the picture and can never think of how to explain why I have picked it in more than a few words!

Good luck

Jana 31 March 2010 at 03:41  

oh I loooove this! and I love your rejects too, but all I have to say is when you are *this* talented I guess you have a lot to choose from =D

Thanks for stopping by my bloggy!!



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