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View Poll Results: Film: Color or B & W or Both?
B & W only 96 12.94%
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Both (B & W loaded. Color on standby) 94 12.67%
Both (Color loaded. B & W on standby) 57 7.68%
B & W film and color digital 168 22.64%
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Film: Color or B & W or both when you travel?
Old 08-25-2009   #1
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Film: Color or B & W or both when you travel?

What films do you bring when you travel?
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Old 08-25-2009   #2
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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?
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Old 08-25-2009   #3
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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.

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Old 08-25-2009   #4
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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!
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Old 08-25-2009   #5
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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.

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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.
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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.
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B&W. I have a dSLR to take care of the colour stuff.
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I carry both (two small cameras) or BW only when going light. Usually one film for each type, too.
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Old 08-25-2009   #10
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Old 08-25-2009   #13
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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...
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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.
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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!

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Old 08-25-2009   #16
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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...
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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.
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Old 08-25-2009   #18
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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35, 120, 220, B&W, Color, Digital, whatever is way too much and drives the girlfriend crazy...
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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.

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B&W and slide film. Slides for brilliant colors, B&W for any weather.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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...

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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.
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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)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Bringing the wife

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?"
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