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@ADub128

Loved those old black and white shots. I think this is one thing I'm really liking about this challenge. The look into the deep(?) past and seeing what others were photographing years ago. Hope you're enjoying sharing them too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ADub128 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2021 at 23:56
@Weta -- definitely an eye opener reviewing these shots, plus it's really nice to be able to share these to the world. Not many have ever seen these images. In class stand up presentation, and maybe a year or two in an old apartment long ago. They definitely stir up some personal emotions, and I hope they have an impact on viewers here too.

I'll be posting more from Fall '85 in later weeks for sure. There are so many other unshared images though!! I'm really glad I'm going through this process.
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Great shots, like the product shot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ADub128 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2021 at 06:01
My Week 2 set. This week's theme was "shop windows", plus my archive shot.

Pier Avenue -- Hermosa Beach, CA

Sony A6400 + Sony 16-70 | ISO 3200 | 1/60 at f/4

Winter Fashions of Los Angeles at Beach & Beverly in Hermosa Beach, CA

Sony A6400 + Sony 16-70 | ISO 3200 | 1/50 at f/4.5

La Jolla, CA Sunset from 1981

Minolta XE-7 + probably Rokkor 50mm 1.4 ... scanned from a print ... if you look closely, you will see a hang glider barely silhouetted in the sun
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My Week 3 set -- theme was "local landmarks"

World Famous Randy's Donuts in Inglewood, CA

A6400 + 16-70 | ISO 3200 converted to B&W in Lightroom
Randy's is cross-promoting the new show Snowpiercer right now.

Hermosa Beach Pier with weather coming in ...

A6400 + 16-17 | ISO 1600 converted to B&W in Lightroom

Archive -- Neon Museum in Downtown LA from 1984-ish

Minolta XE-7 + Rokkor 50 1.4 | Ektachrome scanned with my Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400
I took a color photography class at UCLA Extension way back when. Fun to dig through those old slides! I need to check to see if the neon museum is still around.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2021 at 00:37
An excellent selection @ADub128. The standouts for me are Randy's Donuts and the Neon Museum. The Neon Museum has scanned really well. You'll have to let us know if it is still around.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2021 at 13:42
The more I see black and white shots the more I am reminded how much I really like them. Shooting "in mono" and "for mono" is a special way of thinking. I shot considerably more rolls of mono film than slide/color neg back in the film days. Neopan 400 and Neopan 1600 with occasional Tmax 3200 were my main stocks. And then it was probably 10x rolls for Neopan 400 vs 1x roll of something else.

I sometimes feel I need to live mono to get back into it properly. I struggle when I try to shoot mono and color side-by-side. As a viewer, it is also nice to see someone who understands mono vs the quick conversion to greyscale as an after thought.

A year in mono is something I should probably do sometime. Or perhaps a month (Oktoberfest?).

Love the neon sign!
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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

The more I see black and white shots the more I am reminded how much I really like them. Shooting "in mono" and "for mono" is a special way of thinking. I shot considerably more rolls of mono film than slide/color neg back in the film days. Neopan 400 and Neopan 1600 with occasional Tmax 3200 were my main stocks. And then it was probably 10x rolls for Neopan 400 vs 1x roll of something else.

I sometimes feel I need to live mono to get back into it properly. I struggle when I try to shoot mono and color side-by-side. As a viewer, it is also nice to see someone who understands mono vs the quick conversion to greyscale as an after thought.

A year in mono is something I should probably do sometime. Or perhaps a month (Oktoberfest?).

Love the neon sign!


One of the huge advantages of EVFs for me is the ability to switch to a B&W view, which I use a lot. I fine it helps me to concentrate more on composition.
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@Phil ... whenever I see your name here, I think of the Phil Wood bike parts! Google it if you're not familiar with their gear. And, there's an EVF setting to switch to monochrome?!!! I need to look that up. I agree, going monochrome, or anything that provides some abstraction leads to better in-camera compositions. I remember in a photography class long ago, our professor (this was in grad school! I was studying engineering taking an Art class) showed us her view camera. With the view camera, everything was flipped around so you were forced to think about composition first.

@dCap ... when shooting digital, I will convert to mono when I just don't like the colors I shot. With my sunset shot, with the storm coming in, there was hardly any color anyway. I thought the image was "angrier" in black and white. It's funny though, I posted a similar shot in color to Instagram and of course, folks prefer the color one. I'll post this variant here later.

With the donut shop shot, I think the mix of light (incandescent, LED, fluorescent?) made the colors all weird, so I converted it.

One thing I like about black and white, especially when shooting film, is that you don't have to wait for the "golden hour" or the "blue hour" to get a great shot.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2021 at 19:19
Oddly I've never considered shooting with a mono EVF/LCD. Of course, that makes heaps of sense - I should actually try that! I doubt I'd go with SOOC mono shot anyway so must just be composing in mono like in ye olde worlde film days. But composing in mono would of course give a better idea of whether the shot is going to look right in mono.
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Originally posted by ADub128 ADub128 wrote:

@Phil ... whenever I see your name here, I think of the Phil Wood bike parts! Google it if you're not familiar with their gear. And, there's an EVF setting to switch to monochrome?!!! I need to look that up.


Nothing to do with bike parts (that Phil Wood is no longer with us) nor am I the Director of Photography (Endeavour and other series/films). Or the jazz saxophonist (though he was a Woods). The name is common enough for me to have met a few others.

I guess the B&W EVF view is camera dependent, some may not have it - on my SLTs it's one of the 'Picture Effects' or 'Creative Styles' - but remember to shoot RAW or you will probably lose the colour information.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2021 at 21:04
"World Famous Randy's Donuts in Inglewood, CA" Great B&W PP

I have my rx100iii set to b&w in the VF and shoot raw to confer in LR, works really well
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Thanks for the tips, all. Yes, under Creative Styles, @Phil.

@Maffe, RAW + JPG ... I should try this again, give me more post-processing options.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2021 at 14:23
I really like the Randy's Donuts shot, a great landmark and it reminds me of my three years in the US and there seeing the most crazy and diverse "landmarks" on top of eateries along the older strip malls to attact the attention of the passing motorists.
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