A few monochrome images

Thought I would post a few random black and white images I’ve shot the past few days. I like black and white photography. When I was a teenager, I did my own b&w film processing and printing. I went through a ton of Tri-X. Now with digital, I’m still enjoying monochrome imaging. I know purists say that real black and white is done with film but I like the results I get now. Besides b&w film is tough to find and expensive to shoot. I don’t want to deal with chemicals anymore and finding someone to process it correctly is a problem. If you’re going to scan your film and then “print” it with Photoshop, then what’s the point? I know film has greater dynamic range but I don’t find that as too much of a limitation. Digital sensors are getting better each year. I try to shoot “thinking” b&w, looking for lines, shapes, contrast and texture but I also like to experiment and the virtually limitless amount of shots I can take with digital is also a bonus. I like to use Nik Silver Efex plug-in for my b&w work these days. It’s a great program that allows multiple variations in processing. Simply converting a color shot and calling it “black and white” doesn’t work too well. You have to work the filters and contrast and exposure to best effect. There are plenty of books available and online tutorials  to guide you through the process. Although most say a good b&w shot goes from pure black to pure white, there are always exceptions to the rules. I’m also not afraid of toning to add a slightly different feel to the shot. So don’t be afraid to experiment.

  One thought on “A few monochrome images

  1. February 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    nice pictures, cool water drops. _Kim

    • February 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you so much.

  2. SkP
    February 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I love the deer shot in the cemetary – where was this taken?

    • February 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks. The cemetery is in Washington, Pennsylvania. It’s nicer than our park.

  3. February 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Nice post. Good examples. funny, even though I shoot digital now, I kind of miss film now and again.

    • February 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Yeah, I miss film also but it’s just not practical anymore. I resisted digital at first and shot film as long as I could. Not to be nostalgic, but I liked how you got to know how a film would react to certain conditions and you made the proper adjustments when shooting. You would take that ONE shot and when it got developed, it was perfect. I do miss that interaction.

  4. benrobson741
    February 6, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Love the geometry of the images – you have a great eye for finding the interesting!

    • February 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks. I’m glad you like them. I found even when I wasn’t doing much photography I was still looking for photos in everything.

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