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Old 03-28-2019, 12:18 PM   #1
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Black & White Shots

I don't know if anyone here shoots in B&W at all, but I thought I'd start a thread to see. I use 35mm film. My main subjects are trees and nature, and street photography, which I have recently got into. Here's a few of my street shots.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:03 PM   #2
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Nice! I like "Meet Drink Play" with the lone gentleman who is not doing any of those things.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:04 PM   #3
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Cool.
I find with the B&W photographs I look at details because there is no bright colors drawing me away from them.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:20 PM   #4
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Good ones and good thread to start


There was a show of street photography in London some years ago which got me into that field. Not B+W though.

I dabbled in darkroom work before that though. Here is my favourite, still on my wall.
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I changed to digital since then, only rarely shooting in B+W. This is one of them from last autumn shot in B+W (not changed in post processing)
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:25 PM   #5
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I'd call the first one Flight of Fantasy.
The second was accidental as you were just holding the camera so they wouldn't suspect you were looking up skirts. tsk tsk
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Old 03-29-2019, 02:21 AM   #6
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Thanks for the comments guys. Scriveyn two great shots there, very clean and lovely tones and contrast in both of them. Are they medium format or 35mm?
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:24 AM   #7
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Thanks Squawk, the first one is 35mm, 15 ASA IIRC,the second one is from a digital camera (Canon 80D, crop sensor).
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Old 03-29-2019, 01:33 PM   #8
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Nice! I like "Meet Drink Play" with the lone gentleman who is not doing any of those things.
He's on his way home.

To drink, and play with his meat.

Whut?
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Old 03-29-2019, 01:42 PM   #9
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First one was shot digitally and I did the b&w thing in editing:

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This one is an old scan of a paper pic that I turned b&w (well, sepia-toned, anyway) w/editing:

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Old 03-29-2019, 02:26 PM   #10
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I took a photography course in junior college and loved working in B&W. As Bruce noted, my eye is definitely drawn to the typically invisible details of shading and light play when there is no color to distract my attention.

Nice work, everyone!
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Old 03-30-2019, 12:50 AM   #11
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Some pictures can be decolored if they're sharp enough. It helps to think B&W when you're shooting, if you know what I mean.
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:12 AM   #12
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Most (of mine anyway) b&w pics made from color digital need work in the contrast and sharpness. If ya want the pic to look old ya gotta knock off some of the sharpness.

Sometimes I'll add film grain, too.
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Old 03-30-2019, 12:08 PM   #13
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"If ya want the pic to look old ya gotta knock off some of the sharpness."
Frank Hurley's photographs of the Endurance expedition seem to be an exception.
I have been in awe of his work for years. Some of the glass negatives spent time underwater.
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Old 04-07-2019, 03:41 AM   #14
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Here's three of my tree shots. The first was in my local park, the second St James Park in London on the edge of The Mall which leads up to Buckingham Palace, and the third I think I took in a woods in Normandy when I was visiting a friend there. That one looks to me more like a painting for some reason, maybe because of its' high contrast.
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:40 AM   #15
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I don't envy the London crew who have to clean up after those Sycamore trees.
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