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A month in Mono

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Ghosthunter, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    I luuurv mono / Black & white images and thought it may be fun to spend a whole month just shooting in mono. I have 3 choices to do this.

    1: Shoot in colour and convert to mono.

    2: Just shoot in Mono on JPG setting only so theres no temptation to post colour images.

    3: a mixture of both.

    Shooting with Panasonic means being able to shoot with the Dynamic Monochrome art filter which has a superb mono look (IMO). Also having the Olympus Stylus 1 means some gritty mono's could be fun!

    Has anyone done this and found it fun to do? I was thinking of doing this in March when the weather hopefully starts to improve.

    Your Thoughts........
     
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  2. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    If your camera allows it, shoot in "bw jpgs + RAW". That way you see and review in black and white in camera, and have the RAWs to work with on the computer.

    That's how I set up my X100 95% of the time.
     
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  3. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Great idea but the GX7 does not allow RAW +JPG using the art filters!! Silly and annoying not having this feature. I may look and see if I can set up a picture style that will work as RAW + JPG.
     
  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Really nice idea, Andy. I think I might join you. We will be heading into spring, and the heat of summer will be mostly gone. And I love B&W also. I'm particularly fond of the output from the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone, with the JohnS or Jane lens, and either of the BlacKey BW films :) I also like how BW comes off the XZ-1 (similar to the stylus I think) and the GRD3

    Wonder if its worth setting it up for a challenge for March?
     
  5. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    A challenge sounds good.

    Still don't know if I should shoot in JPG with a B&W preset on the camera or shoot colour then convert. I guess Converting would yield the best results and at least I would still have the original files to play with later.
     
  6. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I find shooting BW with RAW backup is best, if you don't like the camera's jpg output you always have the original file to play with. Also I think shooting in BW helps you to "see" better. Or maybe thats just me?
     
  7. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    DIdn't we do this as a challenge once before?
    Or am I simply suffering (once again) from intra-cranial taramasalata deterioration?
     
  8. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    This would be good to try right at the beginning of spring when the flowers start to bloom.
     
  9. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Well I have decided to go with the 'Shoot only in B&W' option just if I had a film camera and just B&W film. No Raw & minimal editing. This should concentrate the mind on getting the image and not fiddling with so many settings. It could be quite refreshing too!
     
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  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I'd say April. Not as hot here.

    Paul, maybe it was done before, just not in my time here. anyway, no obligation as usual for anyone to join in. A bit like the reprocessing in January. Hardly anyone did, and then half of us dropped out anyway.
     
  11. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    just seeing if what remains of my memory is still functional. haven't got an axe to grind.

    but feel really sure Luke started one last year sometime. only his rules allowed colour in :smile:

    Edit: And there was Silver September of course (in which you Sue were an enthusiastic contributor :biggrin:)

    Still, the more mono the better, I say
     
  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Of course there was the Silver September. No reason there can't be another month of mono. Anyone can set up a monthly challenge, but unless you really turn into a cheerleader and egg people on, the group tends to fizzle out under the weight of it's own malaise and indifference. Seems the forum is most often more interested in talking about future/new cameras and their negligible improvements than in trying to create meaningful photographs.

    Even if I weren't kind of worn out and tired of trying to rally the troops to go out and shoot, I'm just way too busy moving, fixing up our old house and settling into the new home to be the ringleader for a monthly challenge.

    Andy, I think going true mono is a great idea to help curb any secret desires to see it in color and I look forward to seeing your work (as always). And I think if more people join in and the forum is flooded with inspired black and white images of all sorts, the world would be a better place.
     
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  13. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Thanks Luke

    Well I'm going to put up my own thread and if anyone wants to Join in then they are more than welcome. Not so much as a challenge but just a chance to dedicate yourself to just one thing. Will be interesting to see what happens and I will hopefully learn from it in some ways as other will too I hope.

    Actually to make sure I actually do stuff I'm also going to make it a 1 post per day! :biggrin:
     
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  14. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    MUAAHAHAHAHAHA! I guess this shows the true nature of my memory. NONE! LOL.

    Anyway, I would love to do it again, too.
     
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  15. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I've noticed this too. Whenever theres a new camera, everyone gravitates to that and its all about that and its "sample" images. I've never seen so much buying and selling as on this forum.

    I'll keep shooting with what I have for quite a while yet, in spite of my GAS. Must be mad. Or impoverished.
     
  16. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    You should have a look at mu-43 again sometime - the Buy/Sell ads are quite incredibly busy; SC is an oasis of calm by comparison ...
     
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  17. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    anyway, just to keep Luke from being too down-in-the-dumps, just to prove some of us are keeping the faith, here's a nice pig photo, in proper black and white and everything ...




    12591746483_3526716a20_c.


    b20140217-1 by _loupe, on Flickr




     
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  18. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Paul....that's FILTHY.
     
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  19. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Heck, if we can use farm animals then I'm in. Maybe I should phrase that better . . .