Original post November 2, 2014 By: Tom Owens
Debates abound over the use of black & white over colour photography. For me, I shoot both and when I am out shooting medium and large format I have the luxury of being able to drop on a different film magazine or use a different double dark slide that I have packed ready for the shoot, or indeed shoot on Fuji Instant using the adapter on both formats.
This scene was shot for my Edgelands project. A Toyo 45C monorail view camera was used and apart from the metering and thus the change of exposure, no other adjustments were made. There is of course a time difference on more than one plain as the colour image was made on Portra 160 and the B&W on HP5+.
Which of these two do you prefer? My exercise at the time was academic. The entire series is produced in colour but several of the B&W images made do convey a totally different look and feel
Dust removal post scan and curves, sharpening etc have been applied. I do not normally add or remove data other than artefacts introduced during the many processes the processing goes through. Life is too short.
One result of this shoot at Freston was contracting ringworm from a burdock spur that lodged in my sock. It took some 5 months to heal. One of the risks of planting tripods in undergrowth. The camera was approximately 8 feet off the ground for this shoot.
Here are a few more to consider.
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