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Do you shoot B+W or Colour?
Old 06-09-2011   #1
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Do you shoot B+W or Colour?

Thought this could be interesting. Just let me know if this has been done before.
If you shoot digital but convert to black and white most of the time, choose B+W.
Which do you use over about, 70% of the time?
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Old 06-09-2011   #2
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Black and white film. I like an occasional splash of colour (film). My digital gear is idling.
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Old 06-09-2011   #3
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Black and white film. I like an occasional splash of colour (film). My digital gear is idling.
Same here, I have shot a few rolls of colour, but either left these unprocessed, or processed them as black and white in caffenol. Ever since I got into film, my Nikon D40 has been left basically untouched, apart from for uploading images to the web. Film is just so much more fun and involving.
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Old 06-09-2011   #4
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All my 35mm film is B&W. All my 120 film is C41 colour.
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Old 06-09-2011   #5
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I used to use only B&W film, then I got sick of photos looking the same all the time. I never shoot in; or convert to, B&W now.

My personal opinion here is that Black and White photopgraphy has lost a lot of the impact it used to have, and that there is more merit in well considered and executed color work. I mean no offense to the B&W afficionados. A good photo will always transcend the medium anyway.
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Old 06-09-2011   #6
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Color can be nice occasionally but I loose my interest after a few rolls and always get back to b&w.
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Old 06-09-2011   #7
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I like b&w (film). Also because it's easier to process and print.
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Old 06-09-2011   #8
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I am using black and white as I am processing at home and am thoroughly enjoying that. but i like to mix it up with colour now and again - specially since the supermarket is processing them through a fuji machine for $2 a roll!

never printed so i can't speak on that...
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Old 06-09-2011   #9
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Roughly equal, on holiday it's almost all colour though, as I think in places of natural beauty it's generally a good idea to capture the colour.
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Old 06-09-2011   #10
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Colour slides 100% of the time.
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Old 06-09-2011   #11
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Both - but more black and white.

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Old 06-09-2011   #12
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I've recently gone back to shooting almost exclusively slides, with some cross-process slides thrown in there occasionally.
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Old 06-09-2011   #13
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I shoot mostly black and white but I usually have a M body with either Ektar 100 color negative film or Provia 100F color transparencies film. Jim
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Old 06-09-2011   #14
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It dipends on the object or project I'm shooting. With shiny weather and outdoor landscapes I like more color negatives. Strict architecture and people close ups more b/w. At the moment mostly colour with Ektar 100 or Fujicolor 100.
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Old 06-09-2011   #15
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Really enjoying color. Rejuvenated last fall by several books I looked at... ie: American Color, Istanbul.
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Old 06-09-2011   #16
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I live in a coloured world so I shoot colour.
However I do tend to go for restricted colour in my shots - shades and tints interest me.

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Old 06-09-2011   #17
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Old 06-09-2011   #18
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100% b&w for all my serious work which is various projects. I did a color project in 2005 and may do another one someday, just nothing I see in the near future.

I do shoot color (now digital p&s) for casual situations such as family happy snaps and those "would you send me a copy" times.
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Old 06-10-2011   #19
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Black & White with film, and increasingly colour with digital, so about equal. This will swing back towards B&W a bit, as my conversion to b&w skills improve. For now though, my b&w conversions fail to impress me.
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Old 06-10-2011   #20
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Can't shoot colour, unless I'm forced to, it's usually colour film, rather than digital.
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Old 06-10-2011   #21
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Color mostly...unless the image looks better in B&W. If I use film, it's color. Luckily digital allows me to change my mind.
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Old 06-10-2011   #22
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When I shoot color, it is with digital. B+W I shoot film. 40/60
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Old 06-10-2011   #23
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It's almost all bw for me. I dabble here and there with color, I especially like 120 slide. But color never seems to have that special feeling for me. My fiance is totally opposite, she loves color...saturated, pastels, polaroid, etc...and thus tends to oogle at my color shots way more than my bw ones (a plus when I do shoot color) but I keep going back. In the future I want to do some blogging and so I may shoot digi color for convenience..then again i may just start developing my own since there's a neg scanner sitting right next to me as I type this.
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Old 06-10-2011   #24
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90% b/w. Surprisingly the best photos I have taken are color. Go figure.
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Old 06-10-2011   #25
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B&W only, C41.

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Old 06-10-2011   #26
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For myself, all b&w and all film. For work, a mix, but predominately color with conversion as needed. If people didn't insist on color, I'd be happy doing 100 percent b&w film.
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Old 08-28-2011   #27
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Old 08-28-2011   #28
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135 only in Colour
120/127 and other formats in B&W
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Old 08-28-2011   #29
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Black & White for film, and Color for digital. So, do you want me to count total shots and post the result, or pick which one I shoot more with a Rangefinder?
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Old 08-28-2011   #30
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both.

depends on the mood. just like whether I want to shoot with a 28 or 35.
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Old 08-28-2011   #31
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Now that I almost exclusively shoot digital I have the best of both worlds.

I shoot in colour.

But if the photo is suited to black and white I will convert during post processing. This has been my strategy now for some time because it provides maximum flexibility and the best result.

(Having said that I have two Panasonic cameras (the LX3 and the L1) both of which produce very nice black and white JPGs direct from the camera with options to select high contrast, low contrast etc.)

Mind you increasingly I find that I like to leave my shots with some colour - although I will often "doctor" the colour to some extent to get a result I like.
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Now that I almost exclusively shoot digital I have the best of both worlds.

I shoot in colour.

But if the photo is suited to black and white I will convert during post processing. This has been my strategy now for some time because it provides maximum flexibility and the best result.
+1 except when shooting MF then it's B+W always.
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Old 08-30-2011   #33
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Both equally at present but once my current colour film store is depleted I think I will go to B&W full time. Colour is a wotsit to scan correctly and the cost of development is an inconvenience. B&W just looks better from film and I am happy to dev myself, although I am only just learning how.

Colour is saved for digital and my 7D.
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Old 08-30-2011   #34
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I mainly shoot color now, Fuji 200.
A few years ago 100 TMax was the only film I would use.
But stopped developing myself, and color was cheaper to buy and get processed.
Every now and then I run a roll of Tri X through.
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A year ago I would have said b&w. Now, the impact of a b&w shot isn't there, either in mine or someone else's. I look at them and wonder what the colors were. So, now it's almost entirely color, in both film and digital. It's a colorful world.
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Old 08-30-2011   #36
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90% film 10% color
80% b&w 20% color

I don't prefer either when it comes to pictures made by other photographers, but at the moment my B&W shots turn out a lot better.
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Old 08-30-2011   #37
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reality is in colour , black and white is a special effect . I do 90 % colour , but a a friend of mine sent me some black and white photos from a trip we made through Sicily in 1980 , and I just love the grain and tonality in those pictures ...
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Old 08-30-2011   #38
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About 60/40 bw/colour. Film 135 95% and 120 5%.
Also the seasons here in scandinavia is to follow, 8months is winter and dark etc and time for bw film, 4months is about a little colour and time for colour film.

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Old 08-30-2011   #39
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I generally shoot black and white with film and really only dabbled in colour because I was interested in seeing how hard C41 was to process at home.

Digital is interesting because occasionally I'll shoot a scene with black and white in mind but realise when I see it on the computer screen later that to remove the colour from that particular image would be the wrong decision. Colour seldom works for me but when it does I can generally make that judgement ... I think!
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