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I briefly shot film seriously on my Maxxum 7000, but put it down in 1988 and picked it up about 4 months ago. For me, it is essential to understanding the making of a photograph because it makes me think through what the digital does when I toggle a lever or spin a wheel. If I can do that automatically when on the film cam, for me--understanding how to get what I want from a photo becomes much simpler. When I gain an unconscious competence, I will be able to move ahead in my own work.
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It's an odd thing; years ago when b/w pics and films were more common, I used to love b/w prints, but today with everything in colour, I find it much less natural.
Quite often I take a picture with very little colour in it, and find it works better in low colour than pure b/w
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Post Options Post Options   Quote retta Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 August 2017 at 00:52
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

It's an odd thing; years ago when b/w pics and films were more common, I used to love b/w prints, but today with everything in colour, I find it much less natural.
Quite often I take a picture with very little colour in it, and find it works better in low colour than pure b/w


I am still enamored of the perfect black and white image on film. I find my taste in this doesn't mesh well with what I see in the bulk of the work I see around (dyxxum gets to be the exception!). I need to learn what it is I dislike and avoid it, so I am digging in. It may be that I don't like it when it is changed in post-production.
Color can be so breathtaking. I just got a Hasselblad 500 c/m to augment my Minolta film system. I am so enamored of these color images. I just got started, so am hoping the novelty doesn't wear off, lol.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 November 2017 at 16:14
Ahoy!

I'm not a PP expert at all BUT I used the Topaz Labs B&W plug-in for Photoshop CS6/CS2 which is simply a brilliant bit of software that only in my distant dreams I could've hoped to have ever achieved anything like as to the results it produced for me. I used the A700 and Sigma AF 17-70 F/2.8 - 4.5 DC Macro lens (correct APS-C format lens type to match the smaller sensor) for the Liverpool B&W images and ask yourself a simple question: would you be happy if your images were the same quality or better using the plug-in CS6 Topaz Labs App(s) - I have them all inc. activation codes), though the A850/A900/A99/A99M2 are all dual format models so they can use FF and APS-C optics, though your A77 is an APS-C model and you're not going to get the full width and range of a FF lens on an APS-C format sensor body so you're capturing 120mm if using an 80mm max focal length FF lens on an APS-C body (this is purely for ease of applying the 1.5x crop-factor for full frame lenses on an APS-C body.

The images referred to can be see on my Fluidr account (linked to Flickr - nicer interface) with camera lens/body on right of posted images incl. location here and here. Others were taken with different camera make/models/types and PP's in CS2 but I can't remember if I was using CS2 at that time, so again, make your own mind up if the following would 'flick your switch' on or off here, here, here, here, and here as examples (good, bad or plain ugly) as they span my camera make/model/types from Panasonic DMZ-FZ3, to Olympus Evolt E500 with 2x lens kit to Sony Alpha A100/A700/A580, Minolta Dynax 7D/5D to Sony A850.
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