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What films do you bring when you travel?
I personally tend to bring and load both when i travel. Life would have been much easier if i can commit to one.
I'm just too afraid that i'd miss the other if i only have one (color or B & W).
What about you peeps?
I've stopped shooting color for serious work. The fun stuff, like my local political commentary, featuring a toy monkey named Monkette, is color because it's fast and cheap. I don't tend to shoot a lot of film at a time. Monkette and I can leave a city council meeting (yes, I often go to city council or advisory board meetings carrying a toy monkey), drop a roll at Walgreens, and by the time we go out for coffee and a donut the pix are ready for posting on http://thepriceofsilver.blogspot.com .
I really don't do that much traveling, staying mostly within a 20km radius of my house, but there's plenty of variety to photograph, from fishing to South Beach. A dozen or more ethnic groups live here, with festivals, outdoor concerts, movies and TV shows being filmed...it's a long list. Greenwich Studios (formerly Ivan Tors) was headquarters for Miami Vice and Gentle Ben and a whole bunch more is less than a kilometer away, as is Criteria recording studio where a lot of rock groups record, and they often shoot their videos and promotional stills in the area. A lot of the filming takes place nearby. All that's lacking is snow.
Depends on how far I'm traveling - and for how long, these days it's so much more convenient to shoot digital, so I suppose the answer is both - B+W & Colour! :)
I'm going to get some static from the B&W aficionados here but I take only colour film when traveling. I do this just to simplify things as I can always convert to B&W later at home in PP. Now that I use digital when traveling I do the same. Digital was more to simply things too. No more hand inspections and no agonizing over what speed film to bring. I travel for pleasure and the simpler less complicated I can make it the more I and my wife can enjoy the trip.
I feel like I (and perhaps others) fall in a gap here. I bring a hexar that can change rolls rapidly as well as as a R-D1 as the alternate for whatever happens to be in the hexar. Don't quite know where I fit.
I was facing this question for my trip to New Zealand. Finally I decided to keep my Rolleiflex loaded with Provia 100/400 and my Olympus XA with Ektar 100. While converting color to BW is not necessarily always the best option, it works fairly well.
Should I have been heading to e.g. Paris instead - I would have loaded one camera with BW I guess.
B&W. I have a dSLR to take care of the colour stuff.
I carry both (two small cameras) or BW only when going light. Usually one film for each type, too.
I'm heading to London and Paris in early September, and will bring 2 M2s: 1 for K64, the other for B&W (mostly Tri-X, but a few rolls of Efke 50 and Fuji 1600, too) . In October, I'll be in NYC for a few days and plan on just a single body. I suppose my decision to bring an extra body has to do with the odds of returning to a given location anytime soon.
Usually (depending on the trip duration, mode of travel etc.) I take a film RF with B&W film loaded and a digital (usually SLR). But I carry colour film as well, and often also a film P&S (loaded with higher-ISO B&W or loaded with colour film, depending on expected opportunities). Which doesn't exactly fit the categories, so I just said film B&W and digital colour.
B+W=film, colour=DSLR and a point and shoot for everything in between for me.
Off to a 2 week trip in Turkey this coming weekend, and will have just 1 RF + 35mm lens and about 1 roll of Tri-x/day with 2 additional just in case. DSLR with more than 1 lens of course, but I use digital only for landscape work along with an assortment of filters, etc and a tripod. However RF is what I have hanging on my neck. Digital stays in the bag unless required.
I usually have color loaded in either a RF or sometimes a SLR (depending on where I'm going). When traveling, I must have a few rolls of B&W in the bag; gotta have my Tri-X fix you know... :rolleyes:
It's conventionally b&w film and colour for digital for me but I'm increasing interested in the colour depiction characteristics of some of my old style RF lenses so without an M8 I'm using K64 and Ektar 100 in my M3 more and more these days, to my slight surprise. I'm still predominantly using b&w in the Leica though.
I bring only b/w so I'm not distracted choosin one or another film then regretting not to have colour when b/w is loaded and viceversa; therefore, as b/w only user, I like to "see" the results I can get when I'm in different places than home so I have no real interest to shoot colours when travelling. Hope it makes sense!
Travel where? To photograph what?
For the past few years, I have carried a mix of Velvia, Astia (or CN) and B&W - the predictions will merely shift the bias between them. If I expect rain, plan for portraits or go to some place that has been overdone in color, I'll bring more black-and-white, and if I do more man-made structure and less earth, water&foliage I'll bring more Astia...
Recent trip to GNP I brought Sensia for the F100, Ektar in the MP, and TriX in the M3. Guess what I shot with mostly?
While in Cannon Beach last spring I brought only TMax and my M3.
Whatever the mood moves me I guess.
Two or more cameras or backs or film holders. one for color, one for monochrome. If you want to get real fancy, 4 cameras-slow and fast for each emulsion type.
If scanning is the end product, convert to monochrome in the computer.
Digi solves all the problems, tungsten, sunlight, fast, slow, mono, color, grad filters, high or low contrast, it does everything.
I carry a Nikon D700 for color and a camera for monochrome film, Leica if I have energy and a Nikon if not because I can use the same lenses.
I use both...I have about 40 rolls of the original Velvia 50 ASA slide film in the frige...I need to get some of that out and shoot it...now that's some color film...not really your standard vacation film though...
On my recent trip to Newfoundland I juggled colour and black & white between 3 cameras. I really wanted to shoot B&W only but I figured I'd regret not shooting any colour.
Now I'm thinking I should have gone with my gut and shot B&W only. It was too awkward for me to change all the time and the B&W and colour don't work together as a single project in my mind.
Both, Tmax400, or Trix, and Ektar, or Fuji Superia 100. I use a Konica C35, Olympus Stylus Infinity, Olympus RC35, or a Petri 7s if by air (the 35RC and the Petri are get for flash both synch to 1/500). If by car then I use a Ricoh DiacordG and/or a Folder.
35, 120, 220, B&W, Color, Digital, whatever is way too much and drives the girlfriend crazy...
On busimess trips, I bring my CLE w/ VC 28 2.0 and 40 summicron-c and LX3 for color. Oh and some LR44s just in case. If I travel on holiday the M3 comes along with 50 hex and 90 hex on an F2 with lots of room for film. lightmeter, etc.
B&W and slide film. Slides for brilliant colors, B&W for any weather.
Most of the time both. Even if I'm just wandering around my neighborhood. Either it's two cameras with one in each or two backs. Especially when travelling I make sure to have both.
Any trip up to about a week and on the same continent i live on, then just B+W film. Anything longer or further away then i'll take a digi. compact along also.
Unless I plan to encounter something specially colorfull, it is B&W only for me. I just can't get decent C41 locally anymore- and I hate to have my memories ruined by a lab.
I leave for Rome and Florence next weekend. I'm loading Fuji Neopan 400 in one camera and Kodak 400NC/160NC in the second camera. I figure I can't go wrong.
Scorpius73: Looks like a great combo to me.
I'm leaving for Egypt in 5 weeks time and will be loading TriX in one and also Fuji 400H in the other (after much contemplation). I figure i can't go wrong too........... hopefully =D
It seems that I differ from most in that I am usually attempting to create a meaningful body of work or a cohesive photo series. The time frames range from as short as a few weeks to as long as three years.
That means that almost always, the photos must be either exclusively b&w or exclusively color. It just does not seem to work for my taste to have b&w and color mixed in a photo series.
So once I really get started, the either b&w or color decision is fixed. For my upcoming trip, I knew I was going to carry either 50 rolls of b&w or 50 rolls of color, but not some combination. B&W won out since that is what works for me most of the time.
Kodachrome, of course!
When I travel, I just take pics of interesting things and scenes that I see, rather than trying to create a meaningful body of work or a cohesive photo series. (You're way ahead of me, Bob.) I shoot mainly B+W for "my" pics, and colour for family snaps and albums. Sometimes a scene demands to be shot in colour. Taking both colour and B+W means 2 cameras, and this is good insurance in case one camera happens to suffer technical difficulties while far from home.
For me it depends on the time of year, in Autumn and winter i tend to shoot colour - normally Fuji Pro400H but i do trade off to other stock occasionally, and in Summer i tend to shoot more Black and white, i think mainly because I'm yet to find a good quality film that can truly replicate the colours and tones of the british summer.
I am trying to change these habits and always have colour film, mainly as i don't have access to a traditional b/w darkroom anymore
The honest answer it depends. Depends on where I'm going and what I'm shooting. While I might carry both odds are I'm only shooting one or the other when it comes to film. If I have a digital then that will often do duty for color...
I usually load both; chromes in My M4-P, B&W in my IIIf.
I made the mistake of taking only my M on a trip last week; the weather was so dreary that it seemed it took forever to get through a roll of K64. Ended up shooting Tri-X @ 1250, indoors and out.
For a while it was "all color, all the time", but now is both.
The last two months:
1: Mexico 1: 17 rolls of 120 C-41 (2 weeks)
2: Mexico 2: 10 rolls of 120 C-41, 2 35mm E-6, 2 120 B&W (1 week)
3: Colorado: 10 rolls 120 B&W, 5 rolls 120 E-6 (overnight, all photo)
Whatever I am doing, it is moving away from C-41.
Mostly color film as I don't really do much photographing while I'm away from home but I do some sort of travel documenting. I guess you sense the difference.
I prefer b/w but will only shoot it if the light is right for it. If it is harsh or flat lighting then I'll shoot color print film. For any kind of low light I shoot digital.
I'm not able to concentrate on color and B&W in the same time. Untill a couple of years ago I was only shooting slides (provia, velvia). Now I mainly shoot B&W and leave my wife to shoot colors (film) for usual documentation album. In some cases I shoot color with my mob phone (I had never dream to do this!). It also depends on where we go. For next winter vacations in the alps it will be colors for sure.
I just shoot b&w usually a mix of 100 and 400. If my wife is along on the trip she shoots with a digital p&s for the family record. Likewise, family functions are almost always documented with the digital camera. Over the years she has gone from someone who didn't know how to hold a camera to someone who now says "what do you think about putting such and such in the foreground?"
For some time now, the travel "formula" for me has been easy. Cameras: entire Hexar kit (two bodies, three lenses, one or two flash units, et cetera), and Ricoh GR-1 (replaced this year with Contax Tvs). I either use the Hexars purely for color and the Contax for b/w, or (much more likely) the reverse. This tends to cut out any "media confusion" for me. The closest thing to shooting digital for me on the road is my camera phone (the "iconic" Motorola e815 at the moment, which might be mothballed for a Palm Centro...not on account of the camera, but because I like Palm's "old" PDA system, which I use on my PowerBook, and the Centro is the last smartphone Palm makes that uses that OS).
On holidays, I'll take color film exclusively. There's always the option to convert to B&W, though I rarely ever see a holiday picture where I think B&W would do better. Color adds so much of the 'feel of the places' where I've been that I think it's indispensable..
I was in North-Norway few years ago, hiking in the mountains. I decided to take both digital and film (with b&w) camera with me. It was complete pain in the you-know-where.
I do take both with me most of the time I go out shooting but usually end up using film. It's just what I prefer.
Besides, I hate to rely on batteries and doing darkroom work fits for me better than messing around in photoshop.
Both have their advantages but I'm more pleased to see a photograph on paper than on screen. (:
I voted "Both (B & W loaded. Color on standby)" because that is what I did on my trip out of town this past weekend. I loaded the OM-1 and OM-4 Ti with BW400CN, then stuck Fuji 200 color print film in the bag just in case I used all the B&W, but never got to those rolls of color film. I left some perfectly usable digital cameras at home.
Soon it will be spring-time in central Texas, with wild flowers all over, and I'd like to try my hand at photographing the scenery with color slide film in the Rolleiflex this year. So, my vote can change.
My significant other carries a small DSLR and I shoot mainly B&W.
Btw. on a recent trip I took ISO3200 film through 4 security scans and there are no signs of fogging. So this myth is busted as far as I'm concerned.
I voted both and both loaded, but that isn't always the way it is. If I have one of my 35mm kits, I will have a 6x6 or 6x7 folder, and it is usually loaded with b/w, and the 35mm with color. But I may have both the same, or only the XA, or only the Super Press, or whatever suits me at the time. But usually I have one of the 35 kits. Depending, I may have a 35 kit and the Super Press kit, but that isn't so common these days. Very rarely I may have only the Super Press kit, in which case I have backs enough to have variations as I please.
Last December I went hiking to Torres del Paine (Patagonia - Chile), and I only took my M3 loaded with B&W. I love B&W, I can get it developed myself, I was simple to carry (no batteries or rain to be worried), and I guess I have seen enough pictures of the place in color. I just wanted to get something different from that landscape, which is amazing by the way.
I am going next week for a small travel, and my plan is to add my new (to me) Sigma DP2 for color, keeping the M3 loaded with B&W. So at the end its film for B&W and digital for color.
B&W Film and digital, if I can carry two cameras.
Fixbones, you did a good job of including a lot of options, but I don't fit into one yet... Here's my answer:
A.) Generally, for personal stuff, 1 body for BW and 1 for color. But, the color body could be either chromes or digital.
B.) If it's a business trip, I very often just take the M8.
C.) If I'm in a minimalist mood... (?) Maybe, I just take 1 body.
@ Bob Michaels: I looked at your website and like your work. I also admire the stylistic focus. I'm just not there yet, or I feel mixing matching will still work... Not sure which yet.
I take two cameras. One with 100 or 400 ISO bw film, and an other one with 1600/3200 ISO bw film. Sometimes I load one of them with color film, but it's quite rare, it depends where I'm going.
I've experimented a lot with this, so on my next trip (Riga in the summer), I'll be keeping it simple: 400 speed all the way, OM-2 and Bronica GS-1 so I have both convenience plus fast lenses, and resolution for the more important shots.
Next Sunday I'm leaving for Mexico. I'll bring my S90 as a go to snapshot rig, and my OM2 equipped with 28mm, 50mm 1.4, and a lot of BW400CN.
It must be me, but I can't think in both color and monochrome at the same time. If I have digital or color film along I seek out color friendly photos and with B&W I look for the shapes and contrasts to enhance that medium, but heretofore I haven't been able to do both at the same time. Converting from color to B&W with photoshop just doesn't seem to work in my hands, so I have stuck with B&W almost exclusively.
I usually travel with a Mamiya C330 TLR and a Canon Powershot G11. While I tend to carry a mix of B&W and color films, I only ever seem to reach for B&W. I suppose I don't place as high a value on color shots so I use the digital camera for that.
New this week is my first RF (an XA) and I really don't know how that's going to change the dynamics of how I shoot. Except I know I'll be leaving the digital at home more.
Space is always at a premium when travelling, and of course, simplicity through airports helps. That being said, I always take a digital camera (previously DSLR, now the GF-1), and if space permits, the Bronica RF645 loaded with colour slide film (Velvia) and a Rollei 35 with B&W film. Travel by car makes it easier to pack, so both colour + B&W loaded cameras come along.
I don't bother to take B&W film along unless I have a specific use in mind. I just prefer color for most things, as it seems to add another dimension to the shot. One example was a car trip through southern California where I took a few rolls of Tri-X Pro 220 to shoot at the ghost town of Brodie east of Yosemite.
Like KenR, I too cannot do both color and B&W at the same time; they require different mental conditions. Also, I can't be productive with two widely varying camera formats... like 35mm and 6x7 or digital p&s with either, etc. If one of the pair is for more important shots, how will I know beforehand if the pic I'm taking will be important or not? The thought in mind is that any photo may be important... why am I wasting this photo opportunity on this low-res camera when I could be shooting higher quality instead? :)
I'll make the format/size decision before departure, based on the largest camera I can conveniently transport and use for the occasion.
Keep it simple: in my few days in Japan this summer I'll probably carry my M6, 35mm Biogon-C, and 2TMY.
I have always used both, since I was a teenager, but... Today I found out I haven't shot any color film or digital since the days Ektar was introduced and I shot my last rolls of PKR, so I haven't used color maybe for 12 months or more, and that never happened to me before... I'm doing B&W only... And curiously, it's been like this since I started playing with rangefinders on 2009... By the way, I have never shot on a trip with B&W only, but I guess that will be my next first time...
When I travel I bring both with me. With only one body, if I feel like I'm in an environment where I want to shoot color, I load it up. I've gotten less lazy with switching mid-roll and re-loading old rolls.
But, my instincts have been wrong too as I was shooting in a park full of tombs for kings in Gyeongju Korea and these old women caretakers were sweeping the tombs and when I got it back I realized it would all be better in B&W and will have to do some post work on it. Still learning.
I am leaving in 2 weeks on a 3 week trip to Fiji and New Zealand. I have two bricks of Legacy Pro 400, one brick of Ektar 100, and two bodies to load them in. I expect to use all the Legacy Pro and maybe have some Ektar left over by the time I get home. Depends how quickly the Legacy Pro runs out - I don't expect to be able to buy any conventional B&W in the far South of NZ. I had considered taking a DSLR for colour but the sensor size and the fact that it doesn't work well with AI-s lenses means that my choice of lenses to take would need to be expanded. (It's a D100 - I can't afford to keep up with the digital update rat race.) Oh, and I will be taking a digital P&S, just for quick snaps and emergencies.
Agfa APX400 or Neopan 400 for one of my Bessas (R4M or R3M) and Panny GF-1 for the colour shots.
I am tempted to carry two film bodies next time, one with b&w and one with color film to see how that works out. With a little GRD-II for the quick and dirty digital stuff. Heheh.
When flying I buy film at my destination to avoid airport x ray hassles.
Of course this limits me to whatever is available, usually C41 color film.
Then I mail it for processing before I return.
When driving or taking the train I usually bring both BW and color.
Most often I wind up shooting Kodachrome.
I'm not sure what I will do after December 2010...
You know, I've been debating this for my upcoming vacation. And since I can't decide and I don't want to carry two bodies, I'll just bring both and switch as needed. Hah.
It's a tough call, and I think it varies greatly depending on the subject matter. For instance I can't see using black and white in a place like Hawaii (where I recently went), and for that I mainly used digital because I had an underwater housing unit.
However, I may need to go to Paris in the near future for work. Since I've already been there and shot it all in digital color - I'll probably just shoot in Tri-X next time I go.
Let me explain.
When I'll go to Ethiopia, I'll have only one camera, my FM3A.
Color will be loaded, hopefully to capture some colourful place (usually Africa is very colourful in towns) otherwise I'll switch to Tri-X asap.
I don't know what to choose, i never done travel shots with film yet, but i may start to do this year, so digital is there always, and film will be for first time if i travel this year with a film camera, and i will shoot both, but i am trying to do B&W more with film, color is winner with digital for me.
fast B&W for evening/night shots.
slow color for daylight shots.
i use this: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41NJKDTPMAL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
and a small notebook :)
Hello, I shot both, I use color when daylight is with, if I meet people, trying to capture all colors of the places I visit, flowers, birds, trees or more.
If I go to bar, restaurante, party or friendīs house I shot with B&W, 400 or 3200 without flash and pushing it in the night.
The inconvenience of using two or more types of film, is that you should already know, at some point you can doubt which one to use. But if you have patience, use two types of film can be very functional.
i'm about to leave on vacation, i have 20 rolls legacy pro 100 and 20 legacy pro 400 (fuji by any other name) and 5 rolls each pro 400 and reala 100 in case. I'll toss my dslr with 2 lenses in the bag in case (to satisfy my wife's need for instant shots to post to her facebook) and my flash (i'll be shooting a friends gig at the 100 club that will likely require it a little for non stage shots despite how much i hate using it)
Usually i shoot B&W and my wife shoots colors. Unless we travel in a place really reach of color, as Arles, South France last sommer when I shot color slides. I'm not able to use in the same time B&W and colors, I do not manage to concentrate and i miss many opportunity ending with holes in both, the B&W and the color work. In some case I take a different camera (as my Rolleiflex or the Holga) and use this just for portaits, ehich can be on color. So, at the end it depends...
if I want color, I tend to shoot digital.
Film for me is perfect as a B&W medium in part because digital does it so mediocrely.
A lot of these responses say something to the effect of "when traveling I bring digital (or whatever) because it's easier." I guess I'm in a different camp. I enjoy photography, and I enjoy manual, film-based photography most of all. Digital is, to me, boring. When I travel, I like adventure, and that includes the adventure of my M6 or Bessa, or a Fed or Zorki and my Luna Pro meter. I load black and white for cities, color for countryside, and the XA in my pocket has the other choice, just in case.
I recently went back to film "full-time" and dont have any digital left but my LX3. I have not found my film yet, but for bw i have always trusted on the Neopan 400 or Trix, on color its always been more mixed what ever was available as in the past i bought a pack of different films (c41/e6), but as availability on films has gone down i'll ordered some Ektar and Portra to see how them look and what is good in my eyes.
I think the Neopan 400 and Portra 400 will bee my standard from this summer if i get a consistency and grip of my film shooting.
Now mostly B&W films and maybe a G9 for colour. I found out the 1 or 2 rolls of colour remain in the bag when I get back home...... and have really cut down on DSLR as I now prefer to travel light.
I usually take one epson and one 35mm rangefinder with me so that I can inter-change the lenses in-between digital and analogue. I always research whether or not I could buy film locally. If so, I buy whatever film I can lay my hands on locally.
We'll see how the results come out, but for my recent trip to Peru, I took my Zeiss Ikon, my Besa R3A, 3 lenses, my flash, and lots of film. Shot 20 rolls of Ektar 100 (sent off to Precision Camera adversiting here), about 4 rolls of TMAX 100, and about 5 rolls of Tri-X shot at 400, 800, and 1600. Looking back, I probably should have only taken the Ektar and the Tri-X (for mainly night or indoor shots.) We'll see how things come out if I change my mind later....
I prefer color, shoot digital only in color, and I shoot a mix of B&W and color on film. For this last trip, I exclusively used my 15mm and 90mm lenses for film, and used the others for digital.
I didn't vote because there's no option for "B&W and color film and digital"
I usually do color only, but that's my standard. I think I suck on B&W.
I think I've more or less had it with color film. I get dirty negs and the ICE function in my scanner doesen't work anymore. Even when it did, I had to spend too much time retouching in PS. Sure, I could pay more for better development, but then I'd also have to wait four days instead of one hour for the negs. No, its my Leica M2 or 6x6 folder with bw film and my S90 or Nex-5 for color in the future. Might give a shot at home development C41 though...
b/w film and digital for color (although I convert most to b/w anyways).
Gosh, this must be one of the last threads with a comment from Al. Rest in peace Al, we'll never forget you.
I'm currently planning a week away from home this time just by myself on a bicycle. I'm going to take one small 35mm camera (Rollei 35) and one light MF camera (TLR) and loads of b&w film. No digital nor color film.
I used to use only color film, but in my recent trip to Egypt I used B&W film plus a digital camera.
I usually decide before the trip if I will shoot b&w or colour. It depends on where I go to.
Both. Typically colour (Ektar 100, or maybe Portra 400 / Fuji Pro400H) in my Bessa R3A and Ilford Hp5+ loaded in another camera body.
I've started shooting a Hasselblad lately (I know ... sacrilege!). But what a joy to be able to switch film stock when and if I want, all in one (bulky and heavy) system. Now I just have the problem of having too many backs :). But I've found I can be pretty happy with a Tri-X (EI 200) back, an Efke back (25 or 50), and an Ektar back. I'd kind of like to have one more back to keep around empty, rather than loaded, but that would just be over-the-top.
I still have my Leicas and my Fuji GW, so I can still post here, right? :)
For a while I was shooting both, but I decided to go B&W only for now. I'll probably pick up some Ektar or Portra again in the future, but I'm enjoying my B&W time :)
LP100 and 400 for me (along with a handful of rolls of ERA 100)
I have Tmax 400 and Ektar loaded most of the time. Jim
I shoot one at a time. I mostly wear my B&W head and never leave home with both heads on. Can you imagine?
The last couple trips I've carried two bodies, a Leica M4 with HP5 or T-Max and a Minolta CLE with Velvia 50.
As others have mentioned, it's difficult to see in color and monochrome at the same time. Mostly I find my b&w work suffers as it's easier to think in color. I'm thinking next time I may shoot only color and convert to b&w where it makes sense.
When I went to Hawaii, I just shot colour, seems silly to not capture the amazing colours you get there. Conversely, when I went to Bruges, I only shot B&W, it just seemed to make more sense. Obviously I could convert colour to B&W in post, but that's not really my thing, only do it if I really feel I have to.
One smaller 135 camera with B/W as pocket camera. And a mf folder with colorfilm, or slower B/W depending on mood.
I usually end up in dark bars so a small camera with a flash that I can stand to lose, is just the thing for me. My minolta AF-C is my current travel camera as well as a super ikonta.
BW only. Never traveled with color before.
Slide for locations that are colorful in nature. B&W for all other street shots.
I have been using color film, with B&W as a back-up or maybe as an alternative. In my next trip, I will try using B&W, with color as an alternative. Color film images can be made into B&W but not the other way around.
Never noticed this thread before. I voted both, but if I could only have one it would be BW. As it is the color plays second fiddle. I usually load color into my Retina. The camera folds down nicely and that lense is so incredibly sharp. Upon return from our last trip I started thinking I would go digital for the color next time round.
I'm considering a trip to India this year and it will be colour film only and maybe Portra 400 as my only film... planning on taking lots and lots.
Thinking 35mm, the reason is that I'm more comfortable with my old trusty Canon Ftb and a 24mm lens with a 200mm in my bag.
I use both B&W and Color, 35, 120 and instant depending on the situation.
Both - B/W in my 35mm bodies (Hexar AF + M4), col. neg./slide in my Rolleiflex.
Black and White film only. I am not good enough to do well with both. :)
A recent trip to Berlin with Agfa APX 100 black and white and Agfa Precisa 100 Colour Slide Film was a very pleasant combination. Very much enjoyed using them with my Bessa R2a and 35mm f/1.4 SC.
I've popped some photos up at http://www.expono.com/markrich/album/16698.
Since I bought my Monochrom, I've bee pretty well using nothing but it for 'personal' work, and vacations are no exception. Usually I'll shoot colour if we go someplace more 'tropical'.
I always bring both, but shoot a little more color than b&w. Sometimes I regret that later--especially midday shots when lighting may be less than ideal--but not usually.
Good to see this thread for my upcoming around the world trip (next year). I'm already thinking about how I want to do it photography wise. The only thing that's sure I want to photograph - a lot. I have never travelled with film before (except when I lived overseas and had to take my film back home) so don't know how cumbersome it is. Of course I love film, but it seems like it could be quite the hassle. And then there's of course the question which film to bring, which is even harder. Also on the fence about what camera setup to bring. Aaaargh. The choices.
Right now I'm thinking B&W on film and digital color.
Some long -long- time ago, I used to go with three bodies, B&W, color neg and slides always loaded. With the advent of digital I used a loaded body (usually G2, M or a Nikon SLR) with B&W and used the DSLR for color. Nowadays, when and if I use film, I carry a Klasse, Contax T2 or Contax G2 with color negative and some NEXes. B&W only makes sense to me as a result of digital conversion, either from direct file out of the camera or as a result of a hybrid process.
It is getting so difficult to find any place in the States that does good color processing, so for the last few years, when I travel I only shoot B&W film. All the color is done with digital. Real shame as I used to shoot quite a bit of Kodak Ektachrome.
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