B&W February: Black Boots on Black!

The theme for Black & White February this week is lighting: hard, soft, direct, indirect, natural, artificial, front lighing, back lighting... light in all it's guises. I thought I would kick off with a black-on-black so I lit my favourite boots with a led-light to convey their form, shape and contours... it seemed like a good idea at the time!

Unsurprisingly, this image takes on a different ambience when viewed on black!
This works so well. Fav
posted February 15th, 2015  
great lighting
posted February 15th, 2015  
Very low key. It looks fantastic.
posted February 15th, 2015  
You have utilized the light to make an image magical. Fav!
posted February 15th, 2015  
i totally and completely love this!
posted February 15th, 2015  
These boots are the protagonist on the frame. They seem comfortable and I thought the carry many kilometers over
posted February 15th, 2015  
This is fabulous. Fav
posted February 15th, 2015  
I love this! The lighting is just right... allowing detail where we need it most and shadow where it should be. Kudos! *Fav*
posted February 15th, 2015  
Great lighting. Have you done something like this before or have I been viewing too much 365.
posted February 15th, 2015  
Amazing light. I did a white on white today.
posted February 15th, 2015  
The lighting is perfect! Well done!
posted February 15th, 2015  
@joansmor I've done quite a few low-key shots with a black background but you may be thinking of this one from just over a year ago - http://365project.org/vignouse/365/2014-02-05
posted February 15th, 2015  
very nice. I love the lighting.
posted February 15th, 2015  
@vignouse No it was the boots I meant.
posted February 15th, 2015  
..........and you even polished your boots for the "boot debut". Great capture and FAV!
posted February 15th, 2015  
@vignouse Thanks
posted February 15th, 2015  
A simple subject done to perfection through great lighting and
composition. Quite wonderful Richard
posted February 15th, 2015  
Great image, fave!
posted February 15th, 2015  
this is great black on black fav
posted February 15th, 2015  
Excellent black on black photo. The lighting is perfect and I like the plaid in the boots, adds a good interest to the photo. Polished shoes always remind me of my dad, he likes everything spic and span.
posted February 15th, 2015  
Really cool on black...great shot, clarity, details, comp
posted February 16th, 2015  
Wow, you're right, it looks totally different on black. Weird how that works. Nice capture
posted February 16th, 2015  
Great boots! And yes, looks awesome on black.
posted February 16th, 2015  
Great use of minimal lighting, Richard.
posted February 16th, 2015  
Beautiful!
posted February 16th, 2015  
Love the lighting!
posted February 16th, 2015  
Beautiful and interesting shot.
posted February 16th, 2015  
Fascinating shot. Great use of light and focus.
FAV
posted February 16th, 2015  
This works very well, Richard! Excellent on black! :)
posted February 16th, 2015  
Nice low key shot. Fav
posted February 16th, 2015  
Looks incredible on black because it expands the space of the photo. The detail you've caught with the lighting is fab. It has to be a fav from me too.
posted February 16th, 2015  
Wonderful! I love the velvety feel of the black background, the shine of the boots, and that wonderful plaid inside.
posted February 16th, 2015  
It's fabulous viewed on black! It's a definite fav.
posted February 16th, 2015  
Incredible and a fav!
posted February 16th, 2015  
This one actually did look amazing on black. (sometimes people say that and it's true a little bit, but for this picture it's true a lot). My first reaction is to marvel at the pristine condition in which you keep your boots.
posted February 16th, 2015  
Great on black. Such detail and form - fav!
posted February 16th, 2015  
Richard, what is the reference you put to 'LB' on Rachels's picture, please? http://365project.org/rachelwithey/365/2015-02-11
posted February 16th, 2015  
It's an excellent idea Richard. Great classic low key image with the edge highlights to define the form. Fav.
posted February 16th, 2015  
@ivan Hello Ivan - sorry for the abbreviation, LB for the type of lens she used, the Lensbaby... see here for more details: http://lensbaby.com
posted February 16th, 2015  
@francoise I admit to polishing them for their photo debut!
posted February 16th, 2015  
The light and the detail are amazing, Richard! It almost appears that there is movement in this capture. Fav and thanks for sharing!
posted February 16th, 2015  
Great low key image ... do the boots have a story?
posted February 16th, 2015  
Perfect
posted February 16th, 2015  
Super lighting!

Ian
posted February 16th, 2015  
Great lighting Richard and they look good on black. I think the picture is great, but just one question...? Is the light on the toecap solely to lighting or maybe more to do with your brilliant spit and polish!
posted February 16th, 2015  
great job
posted February 16th, 2015  
Lee
The red light really worked I think, I like this shot.
posted February 16th, 2015  
Great lighting
posted February 17th, 2015  
Cracking shot. I might have to try this with my dog as she is totally black - I normally shoot her against brighter lighter backgrounds but may give this a try for a really different feel
posted February 17th, 2015  
@emmahopewell Remember to dial-in some exposure compensation as your camera will try to render this as an 18% grey tone rather than the black that it actually is - I underexposed by 1.7 stops... have fun!
posted February 17th, 2015  
Amy
Beautifully done. I love the attention given to the laces and the directional lighting.
posted February 17th, 2015  
You have made an ordinary pair of boots look very special Richard, Superbly done with technical perfection1 Fav!
posted February 17th, 2015  
super shot.. looks great in black background
posted February 17th, 2015  
Beautiful low key!
posted February 17th, 2015  
@vignouse thanks Richard. I tend to spot focus on my dog and dial in -1 stops already. I'll have to go even further.
posted February 18th, 2015  
@emmahopewell Ah, I'm preaching to the converted then! As always, i keep an eye on the histogram and let that guide me.
posted February 18th, 2015  
@vignouse You definitely are. It was a harsh lesson when I suddenly found myself trying to get close up shots of my all-black dog!
posted February 18th, 2015  
How long did it take you to polish the boots to gert ready for this shot?
posted February 18th, 2015  
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