1. Post #1
    dai
    "arte"
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    February 2006
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    First off, this thread is just like the creative photo thread, but strictly black and white. I've been meaning to start genre-specific threads more often, but the whole 'work' thing got in the way of me doing anything more than making the occasional post in threads I visit. Let me strike up some conversation, though, since it's kind of a doozy.

    [release]Recently, I've been dragged head-over-heels into the idea of black and white photography. This is great, except it conflicts with a moderately accurate observation I've made, in which some people simply turn their boring images black and white, then say "I HAVE MADE AN ART!" and try selling it at craft fairs.

    In the past few weeks I've been experimenting, using my D7000, 50mm 1.8, and custom settings. Thankfully with RAW you can just open things up and say "nevermind" to it all and bring back the original color, and in doing this I'm finding a stark difference, something I'm just referring to as the "midas touch", in which anything Midas touched turned to pure gold, or in this case anything I shot turned to me shouting across the house "OH MY GOD GUYS COME LOOK AT THIS!". Granted, there is a coupling of actual photographic prowess mixed in with the black and white (I hope, at least), but I worry I'm falling into the rut of "hey guys it's black and white therefore ART!".

    Thanks to RAW's data, I can look back at the color version of the shot and think to myself about how I'd probably have deleted that shot if I took it as such, but absolutely adored in my custom mono.

    case in point, same image, straight out of camera.
    Load the black and white first, analyze and think about it in your head. Then when you're done, look at the 'standard' color shot and think again:


    instantly I cared about every dumb color-related detail
    • missed the backdrop, wall is yellow
    • why the fuck is the backdrop blue
    • there's some cables and a tripod just under her arms in the background
    • her face is red from leaning on stuff, clashing with arms
    • wood of chair isn't classy colored at all, clashes against skin/face
    • that blue shirt just... it's sky blue. That's bothering me, not sure why
    • eyes don't stand out as boldly, but they're still a neat shade.
    • did I mess up the white balance? What the hell

    So, am I crazy, am I just falling for the lazy bit and just thinking b/w is more artistic, or is it really just that damn awesome at times?[/release]

    [release]Monochrome doesn't have to be black, white and gray; it can have a tint to it, whether it be through the natural effects of the printing methods, film or print aging, or post processing in digital, but these slight variations can change a photo's feel on the whole.

    The two mains:
    Sepiatone; a bronze pallet- gives off an old, timeless, nostalgic feel. Very relaxed. [example in above story]
    Cyanotype; a sky-blue pallet- gives images a crisp, clean, high-key and high-class feel. Very active. [examples, by Dai]

    Secondary 'vanity' colors:
    Red:
    Yellow:
    Green: feels old, printed, archival, and sometimes eery. [example, by Dai]
    Blue-green:
    Blue:
    purple-blue:
    red-purple:

    I'll be experimenting with the other [nikon default] colors available to me, but I want people to experiment as well and see what they find it means to them. Custom split-toning processes would be cool to experiment with too.[/release]


    So, that about sums it up. I shoot digital, love extreme contrast, sharpness and lots of detail in my subjects. I love healthy grain, and have grown a habit of turning up my ISO just so I get a bit of it SOOC. I've got other methods of making smoother, more natural 'film' looking grain (instead of digital luminosity noise, which can get sharp and contrasty for no reason)

    I'd like to hear who shoots B/W film and how they apply their own touch to the process.

  2. Post #2
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    codenamecueball's Avatar
    May 2009
    8,975 Posts
    fucking yes

    Edited:

    old b&w shit of mine when i just started out


    DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE (lens) (inb&w) by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    jump... by codenamecueball, on Flickr


    head vs wall in black and white by codenamecueball, on Flickr - the original of this was pretty shit and needed a bit of editing.


    head vs wall in technicolor by codenamecueball, on Flickr

  3. Post #3
    Elements's Avatar
    December 2008
    1,072 Posts
    Awwwwwwwww yea we getting old school in this thread


    Jesus and All His Buildings by Element-Spirits, on Flickr


    The Path by Element-Spirits, on Flickr


    Basilica by Element-Spirits, on Flickr
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  4. Post #4
    RESIDENT ASBESTOS OBSESSIVE
    B-hazard's Avatar
    July 2008
    5,507 Posts
    Here's some of mine using Ilford XP2 with a Zenit 11:

    Gutter Glitch by Isaac Brownbridge, on Flickr


    Alley Cafe by Isaac Brownbridge, on Flickr


    Backstreet blues by Isaac Brownbridge, on Flickr

    Was my first time shooting black and white, did I pull it off right?

  5. Post #5
    Elements's Avatar
    December 2008
    1,072 Posts
    That giant white splotch on the right hurts my eye for some reason.

    Still, looks nice.
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  6. Post #6
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    codenamecueball's Avatar
    May 2009
    8,975 Posts

    Backstreet blues by Isaac Brownbridge, on Flickr

    Was my first time shooting black and white, did I pull it off right?
    i love this one, apart from that big white thing going down it its great, seems like it could have been picked from 1980 (apart from the ADT nut but Modern used that box about that time so it's good)

  7. Post #7
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    June 2006
    1,180 Posts
    Posting from the other thread.


    Gauge by Adam Hageman, on Flickr


    Side of the Top deck by Adam Hageman, on Flickr


    Bomb Fins by Adam Hageman, on Flickr
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  8. Post #8
    Antichristian Heathen Icelandic Bastard
    Nonikai's Avatar
    June 2008
    5,700 Posts
    These are my favorite black and whites of mine. You may recognize them


    _4114352 by Dannimagn, on Flickr


    Bowtie by Dannimagn, on Flickr


    Miserable by Dannimagn, on Flickr


    ship by Dannimagn, on Flickr


    barrels by Dannimagn, on Flickr

  9. Post #9
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    Crhem van der B's Avatar
    January 2010
    1,692 Posts
    Only picture that I haven't shown before would be this:

    Ooo.. Feeling good. by Crembo Vav, on Flickr
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  10. Post #10
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    May 2009
    8,975 Posts

    black and white sign by codenamecueball, on Flickr

    experimenting, not sure how it came out

    Edited:

    it was raining at the time btw, the noise you see is actually raindrops

  11. Post #11
    GOLF WANG
    Alec W's Avatar
    August 2006
    7,606 Posts

    Untitled by devil-, on Flickr



    Untitled by devil-, on Flickr



    Untitled by devil-, on Flickr


    I'm probably going to shoot more b&w soon.

  12. Post #12
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    Crhem van der B's Avatar
    January 2010
    1,692 Posts
    BldrGyMnGy - not sure why, but I'd really like to see more blacks in those pictures, too much white for me.
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  13. Post #13
    hyper-articulate
    Roll_Program's Avatar
    October 2007
    12,663 Posts
    BldrGyMnGy - not sure why, but I'd really like to see more blacks in those pictures, too much white for me.
    I like how it's used on the first two, for minimalism.

  14. Post #14
    Hi Jo
    Jo The Shmo's Avatar
    February 2009
    22,909 Posts
    I posted mine in a different thread but I guess I'll post them here.





    Those are the only shots I bothered to scan because I'm lazy.

    Also I only really shoot in b&w because I don't have a DSLR and I like to print stuff myself and don't have access to the equipment I'd need to print in color.

  15. Post #15
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    b l u r's Avatar
    November 2005
    395 Posts
    Posted these in The Creative Photography Thread. I got no feedback. :(

    Black water by Jacob Thuesen, on Flickr


    Black forest by Jacob Thuesen, on Flickr

  16. Post #16
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    Pickwickian-'s Avatar
    January 2007
    5,242 Posts
    I never convert any image in black and white. If I have a photo in monochrome, it's been shot that way.

    I'm really proud of this one:

    Chris and Ciara by edwin.quast, on Flickr


    Untitled by edwin.quast, on Flickr

    I know I've posted these in the creative thread, but it's all I have online - some plenty more, but just the most recently uploaded stuff.
    Some 35mm.


    ---_0036 by edwin.quast, on Flickr


    ---_0011 by edwin.quast, on Flickr
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  17. Post #17
    GOLF WANG
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    August 2006
    7,606 Posts
    BldrGyMnGy - not sure why, but I'd really like to see more blacks in those pictures, too much white for me.
    I did it for the minimalist effect (as Roll_Program said), I have a distaste for visual clutter that comes along with lots of different values.

    Edited:


    Untitled by devil-, on Flickr

    Love my 50mm.

    Edited:


    Untitled by devil-, on Flickr

    Edited:


    Untitled by devil-, on Flickr

  18. Post #18
    Gold Member
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    October 2007
    2,861 Posts

    Size Order by Angus R Christie, on Flickr


    Barcelona1 144 by Angus R Christie, on Flickr

    both from barcelona

  19. Post #19
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    Funny's Avatar
    March 2010
    1,564 Posts

    Alone by KeithThomsonDigital, on Flickr


    Peak by KeithThomsonDigital, on Flickr


    Crags II by KeithThomsonDigital, on Flickr


    Fly by KeithThomsonDigital, on Flickr
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  20. Post #20
    Giving Away Games
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    December 2009
    4,124 Posts
    BldrGyMnGy - not sure why, but I'd really like to see more blacks in those pictures, too much white for me.
    I like it, I see so much black in B&W images, it's refreshing to see more white in an image, especially when it's used well.

    Edited:

    I pretty much just blew the highlights in this one. I wish I could retake the image, I'd leave the background trees out somehow.


    3.2 by WastedJamacan, on Flickr

  21. Post #21
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    Moocow8's Avatar
    September 2005
    439 Posts
    Here are my favorite black and white pictures










  22. Post #22
    ep9832's Avatar
    September 2008
    1,514 Posts

    I Love You by MayorCallaghan, on Flickr


    GTT by MayorCallaghan, on Flickr


    York Hall by MayorCallaghan, on Flickr


    57 Goodbyes by MayorCallaghan, on Flickr
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  23. Post #23
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    July 2007
    3,479 Posts

    Old fashoned lemonaid! by Rhines., on Flickr

    i took this last year. i know it's not black and white, but nonetheless i like it.

    kinda wish i didnt have the wide angle on, though.
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  24. Post #24
    Dennab
    June 2010
    1,908 Posts

    005-3 by Bohan Pang, on Flickr


    Meh by Bohan Pang, on Flickr


    Daycare2 by Bohan Pang, on Flickr


    I only have 3
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  25. Post #25
    GOLF WANG
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    August 2006
    7,606 Posts
    I really like that third one.
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  26. Post #26
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    tehfrog's Avatar
    July 2007
    3,479 Posts
    this thread inspired me to do a whole day of ONLY black and white shooting.

    incoming dump


    after-shower aggravation by Rhines., on Flickr


    moose the retarded dog by Rhines., on Flickr


    sarah by Rhines., on Flickr


    the dock by Rhines., on Flickr


    sparkle sparkle by Rhines., on Flickr


    wet moss by Rhines., on Flickr


    yellow petals by Rhines., on Flickr

    and for some reason, i love this one.


    traveling by Rhines., on Flickr

  27. Post #27
    not retarded or something
    Fenriswolf's Avatar
    July 2008
    6,195 Posts
    Posted in Creative Photography thread but I think it's my best B&W so I'm gonna post it here.


    5 by Evan Throck, on Flickr
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  28. Post #28
    Antichristian Heathen Icelandic Bastard
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    June 2008
    5,700 Posts

    _4194472.jpg by Dannimagn, on Flickr

    I don't know