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Old 17th May 2009   #1
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Hi,

black & white pics are seldom seen here, and they appear from time to time in several topics.

I wanted to create a special B/W for us to share our best work, and to discuss any technical questions that might arise.

Let me kick this topic of with two pictures I shot this afternoon :





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Creeping Wood Sorrel. Ultraviolet capture.
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Daisies. Visible light capture

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Hi,

here's two more :





both with G1 and 7-14 mm

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Like all of the ones posted so far. Here are a couple of mine--they may have been posted before.

FD 35 f/2.8


14-45


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G1 + CV 28mm f/2 Ultron

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Posted before in color:







Nikkor 20mm/4 on G1
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Charleston harbor, G1 + 14-45 kit lens


Charleston, SC - East Bay Street, G1 + 14-45 kit lens


Saratoga Springs, NY, G1 + 14-45 kit lens

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I just got my G1 and a Voigtlander adapter last week, so I haven't had much chance to get out with it yet. I have dusted off my collection of Leica lenses and have been playing around with them at home. So far I'm really enjoying this camera.

G1 and 35 Summicron

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I made these four images, converted to black and white from color files, in New York City.


1. The gesturing commuter appears to be leading the morning charge across the marble floor of Grand Central Terminal. I intensify the speed of the action by using a slow shutter speed ( 1/15th of a second) and moving the camera slowly from right to left as I made the picture. This technique is called panning it retains detail in some of the figures, yet blurs it in others. I converted the image to black and white to give the image a less realistic, more symbolic form. The original colors in this image played no part in my message. (Panasonic G1, 45-200mm, ISO 400, 1/15th at f/4, 95mm equivalent.)

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2. Like any commute, a subway journey quickly becomes routine. This man appears to be engrossed in his reading, unaware of everything else around him, including the figure in the advertisement just above him. I converted the image to black and while because it makes it timeless, and universal. Surrounded by stainless steel, still bundled against the cold, he retreats into his book. (Panasonic G1, 45-200mm, ISO 800, 1/60th at f/4, 95mm equivalent)

Black & White pics, show yours !!!-subway.jpg

3. The Bowery was known as New Yorks Skid Row, a high crime, low rent area. Since the 1990s, some of it has been gentrified, and luxury condos, art museums, and upscale stores are gradually changing its face. Yet there are still ample reminders of its grim past. I made this image outside of a Bowery mission which cares for the homeless who live in the area. The body language of these men speaks for itself. My black and white rendering does likewise. (Panasonic G1, 45-200mm, ISO 100, 1/500th at f/5, 262mm equivalent)

Black & White pics, show yours !!!-bowery.jpg

4. People reveal their personalities when talking on the phone. Even though we cant hear what this man is saying, he seems to be saying it with a great deal of authority. He tucks his papers in close to his body, and holds the phone to his ear with an oversized hand. Assertiveness is common coin in New York City he fits this place well. The original colors of the background wall and foreground plantings competed with the point I was trying to make, so I solved the problem by converting the image to black and white. (Panasonic G1, 45-200mm, ISO 400, 1/80th at f/4.7, 103mm equivalent.)

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I just got mine and this is 1600 iso I think

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I made these four images, converted to black and white from color files, in New York City.
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I like both your pictures and your comments. They show that the pictures where not just a stroke of luck, but give a good analysis.
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Here's another forest shot :



still with the 7-14mm lens

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Thanks, Peter, for your kind words on my images and accompanying commentary. I enjoy sharing my thoughts about my photographs with other photographers. While these forums are largely devoted to technical concerns, I try to comment on the stories I am trying to tell, and on the ideas I am trying to get across with my images. If such thoughts can be of help to others, all the better. Glad you find them of value, Peter.

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I'll raise my offer ...
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Hi Diane, I also like all, especially the last one.

Here one from me: G1 with Zuiko 9-18.

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another crowd pleaser



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I love b & w (I actually usually tone just a bit)--just haven't had the right subjects for the last bit to do more. Again--this is a very diverse thread subject wise and it always interests me to see how other people 'see' monos and process to their own vision.

And---thank you Jono.

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I liked the way this one turned out. Rather ghostly.

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Here's one from the Nikon D300 with the 16-85mm lens. This is the inside passage on the way to Ketchikan, AK.


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Here's a few from my Superior after dark project...











Shot with a G1 and converted to B&W via Channelmixer in PS7.
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Something may scratches your eye : shell on rock.

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Audi-Dudii - the series looks great. How are you doing the lighting? Doesn't seem just like street lights.
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Thanks for the kind words! Superior is a moribund mining town about 60 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona and although I've been photographing there on-and-off since 1998, this is my first attempt at doing so at night. I decided to make "Superior after dark" my 2009 SoFoBoMo project and have shot there five nights so far this month, with another two or three visits planned before the end of May.

Except for the first photo, where the full moon is backlighting the unlit sign as well as providing the eerie glow around it, the only light sources in these photos are the street lights and building lights. The light they cast is a particularly hideous shade of yellow/green, which makes color images look fairly unattractive, but it creates a very stark and bold look when converted to B&W. Because the light levels are typically in the LV0-LV3 range, the exposures have all been in the 2-60 second range, with the aperture opened up as much as DoF will allow and shooting at ISO100 to keep the noise under control. I am truly surprised by how well this inexpensive camera (I paid just $549 for mine) handles these difficult situations. (I'm tempted to buy a box of B&W film and drag my 8x10 Toyo out there, but for now, I'm sticking with digital since it's both easier and less time consuming to work with on this project compared to film.)

Although this is still a work in progress and I've processed only a little over half of the images I've shot thus far, you can check out the rest of them at my Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/1692648...7617979495513/
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I am quite amazed of the high quality of the shots in this thread. It looks like limiting oneself to B+W brings out the best side of photographers
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Wow, some really beautiful shots here. I haven't done much B&W with the G1 yet, but here's one shot.

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Here one from me: G1 with Zuiko 9-18.

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G1 with Canon fd50 f1/4

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G1/ 14-45mm

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[QUOTE=Frank Petronio;100690]First real shoot with my new used G1/kit lens

hard not be be attracted by the subject for the obvious, but a very impressive grayscale image.
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All with G1. First two with kit lens at f/8, third with C/V Nokton 50mm f/1.5 wide open.
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People with palm-tree and lighthouse. (And two seagulls on the roof)
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OK, so I cheated a little...




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Madeira coastline, late afternoon. G1 with 45-200 Kitlens

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