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Windswept
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2006-10-31, 23:50

I just posted this pic of Anna Paquin in another thread, and decided that I really love the artistic quality of black and white photos.



Therefore, I thought it might be nice to have a thread dedicated to black and white photography.

So, if you have any interesting black and white pics, please post them here and let us have a look.

Thanks for any replies.
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Windswept
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2006-11-01, 00:01

This is pretty amazing.


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Kickaha
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2006-11-01, 00:06

Ansel Adams, by any chance? Pretty much any shot he took is a stunner.
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2006-11-01, 00:23

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Ansel Adams, by any chance? Pretty much any shot he took is a stunner.
Yes, it is. Here are a few more. Look at the clouds in this first one. God, they're just *incredible*, aren't they?!!














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2006-11-01, 03:18

Alright to make sure that Carol isn't the only one in this thread, here's a couple that I took with my crappy camera.




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Powerdoc
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2006-11-01, 05:29

here is some of mines (not in the same category than the ones displayed by Windsept : beware of the copyright )










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2006-11-01, 05:46



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2006-11-01, 05:54

Actually, whatever digital processing was done to those AA works was too drastic. The contrast is pushed way up on each of those photos, which makes them visually inferior to Powerdoc's examples. B&W is beautiful because the lumina detail is unfettered by the missing chroma information. Just look at the beautiful gradient in the pond photo...or in the stonework of that cathedral. The feathered look is why I love infrared photography in particular.
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2006-11-01, 08:40

This is Infrared (B+W 092 filter).
Wavelengths > 720nm:


And this is Ultraviolet (Schott UG-11x filter).
330nm < Wavelength < 380nm:
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Barto
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2006-11-01, 09:14

Black and white because it fits the mood...



(Almost) black and white because that's how the camera took it...


The sky was deep black; Jesus still loved me. I started down the alley, wailing in a ragged bass.
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2006-11-01, 09:26

I really dig Infrared pics, thinking of getting a film SLR just so I can give it a try,

My Rebel XT doesn't do a good job with this even though I've tried a ton of times.
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Windswept
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2006-11-01, 12:19

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Alright to make sure that Carol isn't the only one in this thread, here's a couple that I took with my crappy camera.
Thank you, cynical rock. You have a kind heart.

This photo seems to give a hint of the curvature of the earth. Or am I just 'seeing things'?

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2006-11-01, 12:25

I'd say the above effect is barrel distortion, rather than the earth.
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2006-11-01, 12:27

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These two are wonderful, Powerdoc. I especially love the town with the mist. What town is that, btw?
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2006-11-01, 12:33

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I'd say the above effect is barrel distortion, rather than the earth.
Ah, but the possibility of 'curvature of the earth' is more fun to think about.

Yes? No?
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2006-11-01, 12:36

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These two are wonderful, Powerdoc. I especially love the town with the mist. What town is that, btw?
It's Lourdes in France, the famous city of the "miracles" (very popular in France and in Europe). The whole town is dedicated to it.
Thanks for the compliment
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2006-11-01, 12:37

Yes the curvature of the earth is more fun. BTW in this case, a cons of a lens, becomed an advantage.
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2006-11-01, 12:48

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This is Infrared (B+W 092 filter).
Wavelengths > 720nm:

I keep coming back to look at this one, asen. That tree is the most remarkable specimen; and the leafy plant in the foreground is great too.

Is that the English countryside, or some other lovely spot in the world?
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2006-11-01, 13:54

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I keep coming back to look at this one, asen. That tree is the most remarkable specimen; and the leafy plant in the foreground is great too.

Is that the English countryside, or some other lovely spot in the world?
It's just a random English tree, nothing extra special.
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2006-11-01, 13:58

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It's just a random English tree, nothing extra special.
Ah, but look at it. It's perfectly upright and beautifully shaped.
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2006-11-01, 14:07



I just like this one. Most of my B/W images are on my other system so I'll post more later.

One more:

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2006-11-01, 14:29

Nice and original one
BTW a little more contrast would enhance your pic (black and white and not grey and grey)
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2006-11-01, 14:36

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Nice and original one
BTW a little more contrast would enhance your pic (black and white and not grey and grey)
I hadn't noticed that no level adjustments had been made on that image yet. This was off my original and not a work copy. How about something more like this:


And this:

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Windswept
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2006-11-01, 14:40

Much nicer.

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2006-11-01, 15:21

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Much nicer.

(parking meter)
Thanks!
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2006-11-01, 15:53

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Ah, but look at it. It's perfectly upright and beautifully shaped.
Actually, I can think of over a hundred locations within a 5 miles of here that look that way. It's nothing special for us.

Here's one you've seen before; Not Black and White in the original, but works much better in B&W:

 
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2006-11-01, 17:28

A road a few hundred meters from our home:



A Gelada Baboon:


Our dog (a dachshund), posing as the dog from Baskerville:



A snail on a tree:



The corner of the new Art Museum in Stuttgart, Germany:


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2006-11-01, 19:17

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Nice and original one
BTW a little more contrast would enhance your pic (black and white and not grey and grey)
Yeah, I was about to say rather than discarding chroma info, in those two pics it looks like a color-->grayscale conversion. Not quite the same. And that's the difference I mentioned above...Oftentimes when people want a quick, more accurate B&W conversion of the color photo, they merely discard two out of three of the primary colors RGB.

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2006-11-01, 19:33

This thread has been a delight to read, and, especially, view... i've enjoyed many of the posted images.


Cheers to B&W photography!
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