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    Posted: 11 June 2021 at 23:38
2021 B&W Challenge
2021
Talk Thread


This is the social thread of the 2021 B&W challenge.
All commenting, chatter and gossip should be done here.

Don't forget your thumnails - this lets you create a little gallery of your shots and keeps links in one place.

And if you need to share more photos - please use the outtakes thread.

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Talk Thread
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Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Day 5   Day 6   Day 7


Edited by mikey2000 - 11 June 2021 at 23:58
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2021 at 14:08
And we're away, thanks to Addy's initiative and Mike's organisational framework.
Haven't really shot black and white since the days of 35mm when I developed and printed my own in my makeshift darkroom/laundry.
I have occasionally converted colour digital images to B&W in post processing for effect on particular images.
A few months ago during lockdown I scanned some of my favourite B&W 35mm negatives taken with my Minolta SRT101 on travels to Mykonos and London in the mid 1970s, and was delighted with the results. These are in the Scanned 35mm film album on my Flickr site.
So it was a bit of a novelty for me to sign up and set my a99ii to Black and White mode for the week, and a pleasure to see the results.
In so many respects B&W is the purest expression of photography interpreting form, texture, light, shade without any colourful distraction.

In terms of commentary, I'll hold off until the end of the week and post responses then. But early on day 1 we already have a promising start.

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For me shooting B&W is quite new. Yes, I occasionally turned digital color shots into B&W, only for fun and to see what happens. I also played with settings in LR or PS to see what does what.

But only today Mikey2000 mentioned Ansel Adams zone system which made me read something about it. Google helped me out on an interesting article to show a difference between film and digital.
Here is the link to Ansels zone-system. I read it with interest.

Let's go.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2021 at 17:10
Yes, we're off

B&W indeed is different and it can help your "view". A challenge can help in stead of doing a conversion once in a while. My town is more interesting in B&W then in B&W then in colour I find. Or maybe I am looking at it differently. Enjoying it!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2021 at 17:12
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

A few months ago during lockdown I scanned some of my favourite B&W 35mm negatives taken with my Minolta SRT101 on travels to Mykonos and London in the mid 1970s, and was delighted with the results. These are in the Scanned 35mm film album on my Flickr site.
Nice set! Also like the (colour) pictures of Alkmaar.
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I often switch the camera to B&W, I find it helps me concentrate more on composition. However, I shoot in RAW and the end result often ends up in colour, just as colour shots can end up in B&W. I will shoot in B&W for most shots this week, but the posted result is likely to have been through some PP in colour before conversion back to B&W.

Nice to see the first shots - and Howard's new lens in action.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2021 at 20:47
My first day's shot took a lot of effort, an 84 km circuit on the bike, involving 1698 metres of ascent. As this is such a short challenge I shall also wait until the end to comment. Good start though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 4paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2021 at 02:20
I'm on the board!
I don't think I ever actually studied The Zone System, I've just heard a lot about it.
Congrats on 1.6k of vertical Wait, you dragged an a77+16-80 for 84 clicks of hills??
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2021 at 08:36
Originally posted by 4paul 4paul wrote:

Congrats on 1.6k of vertical Wait, you dragged an a77+16-80 for 84 clicks of hills??

But I didn't take a tripod

Apart from a beautiful old house, I photographed only at the mill, the sun was too high and bright for landscapes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2021 at 15:53
Time for an update on my progress: I shot Saturday's image without any planning other than I took my camera with me as I had to visit our nearest town Bourne, and going there I noticed the church in one of the two villages I pass through, so I stopped on the return to take a few photos. Trouble is I labelled it as Grimsthorpe village when in fact it was the other one, Edenham!!! (I'll blame the pandemic for confining me for most of the year we have been here!)

Today, due to domestic arrangements, I am confined to the home and with my second zoom lens I focussed on our village church tower. This has opened the door to a theme and after googling the local villages there are more than enough local churches to give my Batis lenses a trip out each.

Great to see everybody's efforts coming together already. Comments coming soon but I find myself busy with this challenge, my Photo 150 as well as processing some of the many I took on our recent Dyxum mini meet at Duxford last week. On top of that Bob J has kindly lent me his trusty Microcord TLR medium format camera and I hope to add some of my attempts with it to the Film thread. Think I'll just have a little lie down

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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2021 at 17:21
An amazing first few days - I’ve not had a proper look yet - we went camping this weekend. Back now but the youngest had pinched my computer to do his homework!
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I have found a workaround to being away from home and with only my iPad to post with. It can be done with bits of wireless connectivity and using the Flickr app to upload files shot with in-camera B&W.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2021 at 20:10
Had a 2-day micro vacation in Walcheren.
Took my camera and some lenses, turned the jpg to B/W, and depending in the subject changed the aspect ratio (never tried this before).
But it got me one day delayed.
So up with the first shot, selecting a second, and add some to the outtakes.
And what I've seen so far from Day1 Day 2 looks very promising.
Comments to follow.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 June 2021 at 21:16
Today we went with our 2CV to Goes and region. We have seen the industrial harbour equipment of Vlisingen from far.

See my todays out-take: the interior of a church in Goes.
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