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joachim 04-02-2009 10:45

Black and White filters

with so many people using B&W film here, I was wondering how many of you use the filters (yellow, green, red, orange, etc) on a regular basis.

Please only fill the poll if you shoot more than 5 rolls/year.

rogue_designer 04-02-2009 10:47

yellow on fairly a regular basis. Unless I'm pushing the film a bunch, since the contrast boost may push my highlights beyond what I can save in processing.

red is in the bag for occasional use. Along with an ND .9 so I can open up the 50/1.2 a bit if desired.

navilluspm 04-02-2009 11:14

My Yellow/Green sees the most action outdoors - but I also use a red from time to time (all depends on the colors I am shooting and how I want them rendered).

Indoors - usually none because I usually need to extra speed.

aperture64 04-02-2009 11:30

I have a B+W yellow-orange filter, but it really darkens the sky and gives uneven effects if it is partly cloudy, so I don't use it that much. Using it with Tri-X probably didn't help either.

mabelsound 04-02-2009 11:46

I mostly deal with contrast in lightroom after scanning, so I don't use yellow filters...although I do sometimes use the built-in red filter in my SMC-Pentax 15mm.

bmattock 04-02-2009 11:47

Medium Yellow and Red, mostly.

Drewus 04-02-2009 11:54

Hey guys,

I'm only just getting into playing with B&W film, and was wondering if you could explain how the filters will affect my photo's?

As I understand it, whatever colour I choose will be lightened and the opposite of that colour in the spectrum will be darkened?

What about yellow? considering it is such a prominent colour i'm assuming it would give an all round boost to contrast levels in a shot.

Spider67 04-02-2009 12:34

Orange and Red in then summer

Chris101 04-02-2009 12:41

I use red for architecture and orange for landscape. I use a #29 red for IR film, even Efke, which recommends an 89B or greater. FOr people, I either use a yellow filter (for women to smooth skin) or green for men, to add to their 'swarthiness'. For a surreal bleached out, sci-fi look, I put a 80A cooling filter on.

photo4ls 04-02-2009 12:41

I use Yellow most of time and since I just got
a green filter from Dave, I plan to experiment
w/that to see what I can get.


capitalK 04-02-2009 12:49

I use yellow a lot and occasionally red.

laptoprob 04-02-2009 13:21

I have been trying to figure out how the digital filters work in the R-D1. First conclusion is only enhancing contrast in a somewhat brutal way. Digital red works something like orange, but not quite.
There is no filter like a glass one. You can't reproduce the same effect afterwards afaik.
So I plan to use the filters on the R-D1 like I do sometimes on the Digilux 2. And I just got a B&W 093 IR filter! Time to play!

chris000 04-02-2009 13:22

I use a medium yellow for most landscape shots and a light red for architecture - the latter works particularly well for red brickwork!

I do also have a light green filter but really only use it for very occasional forays into portraiture as it seems to work well with skin tones

c.poulton 04-02-2009 13:34

Deep red & Ilford SFX 200 for architectural shoots only.

FrozenInTime 04-02-2009 13:40

Somewhat lazily I have standardized on the B+W 040 orange on all lenses when traveling . They come off went it gets too dark though.

Nokton48 04-02-2009 16:05

I have E39 and E48 Leitz filters, and 40mm and 58mm Canon Slim filters, in yellow, green, orange, and red. Use them all at certain times, depending on subject matter, and desired tonality.

charjohncarter 04-02-2009 16:07

I use red (less Orange, Yellow, and Green; unless I'm doing Gunge or Fringe photogaphy in the style of the Grunge/Fringe Guru; Chris101) with B&W film, but I hate loosing the shadows so I usually take two shots: one with the other without. I also don't like the fact that the in camera meter is not as accurate with the filter on so I tend to use my totally manual cameras and a handheld or the VCII. It took me some time to get the filter factors accurate with my filters so I like to adjust the f stop by hand.

morback 04-02-2009 16:10

My yellow is pretty much glued to my Sonnar which is pretty much glued to my ZI.
All I want is for the clouds and the sky to separate and nice tonality overall.
And it helps protect my lens too since I don't believe in lens caps.

shimokita 04-02-2009 16:38

Yellow is always on the lens (Fujifilm NEOPAN 400 is almost always the film of choice). Like most no filter in low light and even though it's not part of the questionnaire, the PL is almost the only other filter that gets some use.


DougFord 04-02-2009 17:42

I always use a yellow filter on my RF camera but when using a P&S (grv1 or contax 3) i don't.

craygc 04-02-2009 18:26

Never on small format (135), 40% of the time on medium format (6x7)

bidnez 04-02-2009 21:16

yellow and orange/red, but only on brightish summer and autumn days. For some reason. Hm ...

drewbarb 04-02-2009 22:23

I rarely carry them, so I rarely use them. With larger formats, I use gelatin filters taped behind the lens prolly 40% of the time with b&w fillm, but with 35mm, I rarely bother. If it's going to be scanned, I can mix the curve and contrast all I like later.

Doug 04-02-2009 23:15

I've settled on yellow-green as a general-purpose filter, and sometimes use light orange. Yellow darkens blue, and lightens yellow and skin. But for landscapes the addition of green keeps the foliage from going too dark, thus the yellow-green combo.

Yammerman 04-02-2009 23:33

Always yellow with a bit of red or green. Keep meaning to use orange but it never quite happens.

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