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Black and white, or monochrome photos of people

Discussion in 'Words / No Words (W/NW)' started by BBW, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/otra/5460336554/" title="L1000767-Edit.jpg 1/3 by BBW: BB Wylie Walden, on Flickr"> 5460336554_067bc392fc_b. "1024" height="685" alt="L1000767-Edit.jpg 1/3"></a>

    Leica X1 on the Outer Banks of NC
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    conversion from color to monochrome

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/otra/4868376331/" title="L1000138 - Version 2 by Otra2004, on Flickr"> 4868376331_d9a2787310_z. "640" height="428" alt="L1000138 - Version 2" /></a>
    Leica X1 f/6.3 @ 1/30th ISO 1600
     
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  3. kathyh

    kathyh SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 13, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    Kathy
    I like the one of your daughter. The monochrome gives it a lovely contemplative quality.
     
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  4. Brian

    Brian SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 7, 2010
    Kodak DCS200ir, 55mm Micro-Nikkor, R60 filter.

    Monochrome DSLR, 1992 vintage. Still working.

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    I sometimes (often?) prefer B&W to color pics because of the great "atmosphere".
    Got to take a look into my database in order to upload an image.
     
  6. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Two very special people in my life:


    MG_1064_1.

    Canon Rebel T1i, kit zoom (stretching the definition of compact...)


    6062125.

    Olympus E-P1, 45mm 2.8 Lumix.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  7. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Absolutely lovely, Antonio. Thank you so much.

    You know how I feel about the one of your wife because I've already told you, but this one of your son is new to me. The light on his face, the smoothness of his skin, his coloring... He's so innocent looking. The love shines through in both of these, Antonio.
     
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  8. FMZARUBA

    FMZARUBA SC Regular

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    Aug 16, 2010
    St. John's, ANTIGUA
    Hat

    Radha, my daughter.
    Leica DLux 4


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/23467502@N03/4946536475/" title="Hat by Ferry Z, on Flickr"> 4946536475_64754da402_b. "900" height="601" alt="Hat" /></a>
     
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  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    What a wonderful little face under that hat!:biggrin: A sweet and charming portrait!
     
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  10. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Ferry,

    Wonderful photograph! Thank you for sharing.

    Antonio
     
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  11. kathyh

    kathyh SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 13, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    Kathy
    A lovely portrait and oh, those eyes!
     
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  12. FMZARUBA

    FMZARUBA SC Regular

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    Aug 16, 2010
    St. John's, ANTIGUA
    Thank you all for your comments! Every time I look at this picture again I am amazed.
     
  13. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/otra/4444800992/" title="Day 23. by Otra2004, on Flickr"> 4444800992_77907c262a_o. "1024" height="768" alt="Day 23." /></a>
    E-P2 f/1.7 20mm @1/60th ISO 800

    A photograph that remains one that means the most to me. It's a portrait of my daughter, asleep, that I chanced upon.
     
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  14. Mayank

    Mayank SC Veteran

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    Jul 16, 2010
    India
    Lovely, BBW. The warm tone really works here and adds 'warmth and comfort' to the image, imho. Lighting is just perfect.
     
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  15. Mayank

    Mayank SC Veteran

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    Jul 16, 2010
    India
    Devotees wait for their turn at a famous temple in Jaipur, India, on an auspicious day. Thanks to the superzoom compact I was carrying (Canon PowerShot SX10 IS), I managed to get close to the temple entrance while standing on the other side of the road! Shot in RAW (CHDK). I owe this image to the one person who turned his head around, an image with too many backs would have been inappropriate, imo.

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
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    BB
    Mayank, I agree - that one young man who has turned his head to look does make this photo sing. Your black and white treatment and the degree of "zones" that you've achieved also really enhances the image. The whites of that man's eyes, those couple of white shirt collars, the white design on the back of the dark jacket on the lower left - and the patterns of what we can glimpse through the temple's door all work so beautifully together. These highlights help draw me, along with the devout, through the doorway. I feel as though I am being carried along in the throng.

    I don't know the camera you used, but I am very impressed by the way you were able to use the zoom to reach across the road for this photo. You and your camera worked really well together!
     
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  17. kathyh

    kathyh SC Top Veteran

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    Jul 13, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    Kathy
    BB: your daughter looks so comfortable and secure - utterly charming.

    Mayank: I agree with all that BB said. As well, I think the use of the super zoom and the foreshortening really adds to the feeling of pressure of the people waiting to get in.
     
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  18. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Good observation regarding the super zoom and the foreshortening! Great example of how sometimes your feet just can't do what a zoom can.

    P.S. Thank you Kathy and Mayank for your responses to the portrait of my daughter. I appreciate what you both said very much.
     
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  19. javier

    javier SC Veteran

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    Oct 5, 2010
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  20. Miserere

    Miserere SC Regular

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    Sep 22, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Samsung NX10 + 30mm f/2

    SAM_1878-small.
     
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