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    E-400, 14-54, 54mm, f/3.5, 1/180, illuminated by flash, B/W conversion in ACR


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    Just a couple of snaps, liked them myself, hope you like them.
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    A varied selection from some of my B&W efforts.
    1. E-3, HLD-4, 7-14, 12-60, 14-54, 50-200, EC-20, Sigma 30 f1.4, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 with adaptor ring, EX-25, FL-36, FL-40, Ring Flash, Vosonic VP5500 (80Gb), Olympus Rucksack.
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    3. E-500, 40-150 (f3.5-4.5), Kipling Long Nosed Pouch.

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    Couple of mine. First images on this site. Hope you like it...

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    Default Snow is a natural B&W

    I took this just the other day with my e-510. I added a bit of post-processing using The Gimp (Yes, I'm a Linux geek) to create the vignette effect and enhance the contrast.


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    Normally I would never even try this... but since it's an old guy on a longboard I felt ok about making the scene look antiquated. Added some noise as well with Photoshop for that old snapshot look.


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    Took this one just yesterday, can't believe we're in the middle of January, absolutely no snow and +5 to +10 celcius warm Had to go shooting, sun was shining for the first time.. hmm? was it a month ago or something.

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    One of my favorite images of my girlfriend. Taken with my old E-500.

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    E-510 with 14-45 kit lens
    shot in 12 Oak Mall, Novi, MI


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    Default Over Tea

    Posted this yesterday but just saw this thread. Hope it's all right to post again...


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    Aha!

    I just noticed that these bi-weekly assignments are open ended....

    So, I couldn't resist adding this hard line B+W abstract from a wet weekend in Stockbridge recently.

    These curious spiky things are still hanging from the tree, despite it being January. Perhaps they are edible???

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    Blue Hen Falls, Cuyahoga Falls National Park, Ohio USA

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    Taken on one of our Sunday morning walks at the farm, during the January thaw. It was taken in color, but seems to lend itself to the B&W theme.
    Last edited by Ddaside88; 08-11-2009 at 09:02 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ddaside88 View Post
    Taken on one of our Sunday morning walks at the farm, during the January thaw. It was taken in color, but seems to lend itself to the B&W theme.
    Very nice!

    I would consider cropping out the tree on the far left, I think it would be stronger without that, but I like it as is too. :-)

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    There are more great photos here than I have ability to comment, so I apologize to those I miss.

    Bill, I really like the unconventional subject, and like the heroic angle you've shot from. There's something funny going on around the body of the excavator that I find distracting, but otherwise I really like the treatment.

    Henk, it's true that someone with a creative eye can find photos wherever they are. Thanks for finding this one.

    Michael/doubleM, welcome to the forum. The conversion you've done really makes the white pop, but everything else comes across at a similar tone. Try playing around with different values for the Green and Blues in Lightroom's grayscale mixer, and see if you like the results.

    nomix, a couple of your photos aren't loading for me any more, although I can still see them by opening the link. Odd... I like the sepia treatment, but it's tempting to go with a more "tobacco" coloured tone for the cigar photo, perhaps a little more yellow? The RC cola bottle is great. (I love "found object" still life photos.)

    pashtet, welcome. I really like the diptych, but the close-up is also really remarkable. (I just wish there was a little more or a little less of the chin...)

    Kaiser Soze, the combination of the modern woman and traditional technique is really effective. Quite stunning. I also like the subtle use of selective blur to frame her.

    edb, neat composition of lines and shapes. It's a great example of a photo that's the opposite of what most people would take, and it works really well. The dark-but-not-black area at the bottom is so effective that I actually wish that there was more and brighter sky on top of it.

    Godfrey, re-posting photos from other forums is always welcome -- it may also let people see it who might miss the individual thread. (Like me, for example....) It's a really evocative photo.

    Ddaside88, I have to agree with Godfrey's praise, except we have opposite ideas for the crop. I'd consider removing the right hand side, cropping out the tall tree. Regardless, it's a great scene. I couldn't even imagine it being in colour. Any other strong elements would compete too much with the diagonal lines.

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    Less than 5% of my photos get converted to B&W - here is one of an old river redgum on the banks of a dry creek bed in the Barossa Valley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shrinkpictures View Post
    Less than 5% of my photos get converted to B&W - here is one of an old river redgum on the banks of a dry creek bed in the Barossa Valley.
    I'd say that my overall percentage is about the same, but that I go through phases with B&W. Some weeks it's all I see, and then a couple of months will go by before I touch it again.

    I do find that I'll often convert images to B&W to check their composition without distractions, even when the final image will be in colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anwmn1 View Post
    I love b&w photos of all subjects and routinly make a copy of every photo I take so I can do a conversion to b&w or sepia.

    I think b&w photography is 100% dependent on 'the light'- and there is no forgiveness. When doing B&W photography- you either get the shot- or you don't.


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    This is a magnificent photo - It has that something extra in it that I love to see in portraiture. I cannot put my finger on exactly what it is but I just love this photo. It would look good at any size - right up to a 30x40" print.

    The light, your obvious intimate understanding of this particular child and your choice of a black and white over a colour photo all add up to so much more than the sum of the parts.
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    My ever late submission: "The Woodpile"
    E510, ZD50-200, TC14

    It probably could have fit into the "work" assignment but it's more the product of work than work itself. Of course, someone has some work to do to stack it... but not me. Fortunately, this belongs to one of my neighbors.


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    A few from a Motorcycle show -









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    Caught this one at the riverwalk in San Antonio.


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    Oops never mind, just noticed this is a January thread!
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    Default Re: Assignment #2: Black and White

    Am a real newbie at this kind of shot so details of shutter speed etc to get that wonderful water effect would be appreciated (So I can copy)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM View Post
    Am a real newbie at this kind of shot so details of shutter speed etc to get that wonderful water effect would be appreciated (So I can copy)
    JohnM

    John,


    In my case it was 1/10 second shutter speed which happened due to the available light at the time I took the picture. In any case the slower shutter speed makes the water look more smooth than the faster speed. I was surprised that this came out looking okay since it was hand held.
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    This is my contribution.
    The best is yet to come

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    In this world of Color Digital photography, why go B&W??
    anyway, here is mine..


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