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11-13-2009, 07:20 AM - 1 Like   #1
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The Monochrome Landscape - post yours!

I think, many photographers like B&W photos, although I know several of you out there like colour better. On the Dutch pentaxforum, in reaction on one of my B&W photos, one of the forum members said: "B&W is appropriate if you want to emphasize texture and forms. And some photographers think colour is nice when you want to accentuate colour." Saying this, I thought some subjects were suited better to convert to B&W than others. I like people shots in B&W, and especially street shots. Architecture can be great in B&W. But macro? And landscape?

So I started converting some of my landscapes into B&W. And I was very surprised, because most of them looked better - at least in my opinion - in B&W than in colour. I am anxious to know how your B&W landscapes turn out. So please, post them here. Let it be a thread where we can learn about B&W conversion and B&W shooting on the landscape level.

Oh, and sepia, and bluetone pics etc. are welcome too, I'd say. This thread is more about what you want to conceive than about strict rules !

To get things rolling, here are some from me, from a series called 'Sandscapes'.










The first two are made with the SMC Pentax-A 100/4 macro, the last one with the SMC Pentax-A 28/2.8.

EDIT: Although in my first post I only mentioned B&W conversion, you can post all B&W landscape photos here, so including the ones originally shot B&W, digital, or film.


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1st - these are gorgeous shots, fantastic work
2nd- re landscapes, Ansel Adams?
3rd - excellent idea for a thread. I'll post some.

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A series done at Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca NY. The first two are with a '52 Voigtlander Bessa I with a Vaskar lens. The third is with an ES-II and S-M-C Takumar 28/3.5 lens. ASA400 b&w film in both - Ilford HP5 in the 120 cam, and Tri-X in the 35.





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Great shots Nesster! And perfect to have film shots this early in the thread!!
That second one is dizzling, I don't know where to look, and what is in front of the other. Great! And I like that first one, it has a great tonal range, and the composition is good too. Thanks for posting!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
1st - these are gorgeous shots, fantastic work
2nd- re landscapes, Ansel Adams?
3rd - excellent idea for a thread. I'll post some.
Ansel who?
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Thanks Rense - I saw you talk about 'b&w conversion' of digital when I looked more carefully after I posted... but figure, why not have some actual b&w film to compare with
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Thanks Rense - I saw you talk about 'b&w conversion' of digital when I looked more carefully after I posted... but figure, why not have some actual b&w film to compare with
After you posted your shots, I changed the original post, to include film shots as well. Thanks again!
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Re. conversion techniques - one of the most elaborate I've come across is in Vincent Versace's Welcome to OZ - a Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop
Amazon.com: Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop (9780735714007): Vincent Versace: Books

Boiling it down to the essence, Vincent's conversion method:
Create three channel mixer layers, one 'red' one 'blue' and one 'green'
Convert each channel in turn to monochrome, only don't necessarily make them 100% red, blue and green, but each layer should be prediominantly red, blue and green. (And their order isn't necessarily r b g)
Then using masks and blending, you can locally vary the effect of each channel. E.g. you can make the sky pop while keeping the ground more natural. He uses the blue channel often to add contrast. And so on.

I play with the technique sometimes, but it is rather elaborate.

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Beautiful stuff guys-this is one of those threads where I feel "I'm not worthy" but you so know I'm gonna try. Will add some stuff shortly. Once again excellent work!
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Oh my! This thread is off to a great start! Wonderful images so far!

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I shared this one a few weeks ago as a "Picture of the week", but figured this is a good place for it as well.


K10D, Pentax-FA 35/2, f/6.7, monochrome conversion with yellow filter emulation

Steve

Edit: Substituted a slightly lighter version on Mike's advice.

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Oooohhh I do love the black and white. I'll have to play around with that conversion technique sometime Nesster. I don't do anything so nearly elaborate. Just muck until it looks right. I have been acquiring some basic processing stuff and want to get back into developing my own BW film (I did it a LOT back in the "day"). But I need a neg. scanner first too to prevent the invevitable backlog.

So here's a few of mine:







I guess this last one isn't "strictly" a landscape but it is nature anyway.
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Steve, Mel, those are great captures!
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Great idea Rense, and a fine collection to start off with.
Well done so far guys!

A couple of mine previously offered:




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Recent visit to the in-laws farm all istD with M 50 1.7

Gets kind of macro from here




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