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mdconnors
mdconnors e2 Member mdconnors vcard United States
22 Oct 2014 - 9:53 PM

Hello all. I've been interested in and dabbling in photography for a while, but only recently started getting more and more drawn in and consider myself very much a beginner. Recently joined ephotozine and just discovered this group. There's something about black and white that speaks to me, as they say. I look forward to participating in the group and learning from you all!

Matt

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pablophotographer

Hello fellow photographers,

I would like to share with you the following shot film regarding black and white printing

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enjoy

KenTaylor
KenTaylor e2 Member 102994 forum postsKenTaylor vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2013 - 8:14 PM

Excellent feature of flower photography by Annemarie Farley in the November Issue of Black and White Photography

theextrathird
12 Sep 2013 - 4:49 PM


Quote: Not posted for quite a while so thought I had better do something. Especially as I have just been told how pathetic my images are ..... could this be true, am I wasting my time with photography? Where the hell did this comment come from? I cant understand why people make such remarks. If you could let me have some details I will try and follow up
Thanks, Chris

Thanks for the willingness to take this up Chris but .... it wasn't actually on this site or this group.
It was a comment made to me in person by someone I thought I knew well .... obviously I was wrong!
It is good to know that people here are so willing to stand up for others, even when they don't know them Smile
Richard

Wilco54
Wilco54 e2 Member 2150 forum postsWilco54 vcard Luxembourg1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 12:22 PM


Quote: Not posted for quite a while so thought I had better do something. Especially as I have just been told how pathetic my images are ..... could this be true, am I wasting my time with photography?

Where the hell did this comment come from? I cant understand why people make such remarks. If you could let me have some details I will try and follow up
Thanks, Chris

KathyT
KathyT  5 Ireland
29 Aug 2013 - 8:28 PM


Quote: Not posted for quite a while so thought I had better do something. Especially as I have just been told how pathetic my images are ..... could this be true, am I wasting my time with photography?

Don't listen to unconstructive negative comments. Photography is very subjective, just like most things in life and for someone to say your images are 'pathetic' just shows complete ignorance and bad manners. Ignore, move on and enjoy what you do and don't let anyone tell you otherwise..

theextrathird
29 Aug 2013 - 6:40 PM

Not posted for quite a while so thought I had better do something. Especially as I have just been told how pathetic my images are ..... could this be true, am I wasting my time with photography?

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2013 - 11:54 AM


Quote: When viewing the images in this group I can't see a Vote button. Is this normal?

Hi Nigel, that's correct. The group is set up so that we can discuss, comment and share photos...Smile

There is also no restriction on the number of images that you can upload (except that others might become bored through overkill!WinkGrin)
jeff

nsutcliffe
7 Aug 2013 - 10:30 AM

Hi,
A quick question:
When viewing the images in this group I can't see a Vote button. Is this normal?

MattK
MattK  363 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 - 10:16 AM

I saw this group and thought it would be a good opportunity for me to try more black and white photography as I don't do it very often. I do really like B+W shots though as I think they convey emotion and drama really well.

Hopefully I can use the group to improve my skills and learn from others.

regards,

Matt

Wilco54
Wilco54 e2 Member 2150 forum postsWilco54 vcard Luxembourg1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2013 - 7:28 AM

Hi everyone

I am just back from travel and vacation and am conscious that I haven't been on this forum for a while! Welcome to all the new members and we look forward to seeing your mono work.

I have been thinking about how to get more audience participation form the forum. Its good to look at each other's photos and make comments - particularly constructive criticism and, in one or two individuals' cases, completely bonkers comments as this is a good way to learn or develop. I will post an idea soon about a way to involve people but, in the meantime, if you have any ideas please let me know through the forum!

Look forward to seeing more soon
Chris

Phlodge
Phlodge  8
8 Jul 2013 - 11:20 AM

Hi there

Just noticed this group and now looking forward to learning and sharing experiences with like minded fellows.

I have attached a link to my website, namely the BW gallery, so if you could spare the time I would appreciate feedback

http://www.tripthelight.co.uk/gallery_136235.html


Many thanks
Phil.

KathyT
KathyT  5 Ireland
30 Jun 2013 - 6:49 PM

Hi, Ive just joined ephotozine and have been taking photos since 2005. I have colour landscape photos up in the gallery but I really love B&W and I am so looking forward to seeing your images and learning from you all.

Phantom7
Phantom7  829 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 - 5:26 PM

I have been a EP member for a good while and only just noticed this wonderfull group.Maybe I should go to Specsavers.I mainly photograph aviation as you can see.But I love the canals of my city of Birmingham and I will be uploading some images as I go along..

Just to say thank you for letting me be part of this group.

James

Gary66
Gary66  2158 forum posts England
13 Jun 2013 - 8:07 AM

Hello everyone, I'm interested in photography just as a hobby, I have started to notice the more photos I take the more I like seeing them in B&W, I already belong to the B&W challenge group which is great fun, but thought I would join this group to share my photos with and to enjoy yours. any feed back would be welcome, but as I say this is a fun hobby for me but would like to improve with your help.
Gary.

justwilliam
justwilliam e2 Member 2justwilliam vcard United Kingdom
23 May 2013 - 9:20 PM

Hello everyone, I've been taking photos since I was a youngster. I started out with a Diana and progressed to a Nikkormat Ftn.
I was shown how to develop my photos in black and white. To see a photo appear in the developing tray is quite mesmerising.
I adore black and white photography. I've now moved on from using film, to digital. So I've gone from using the darkroom, to using 'Lightroom'.
I don't favour one genre over another but a few years ago I became interested in street photography, which I particularly enjoy.
Regards, William

Kenibg
Kenibg  1 Serbia and Montenegro
20 May 2013 - 12:42 PM

Hi All
I'm new to the group and I love B&W photography.I hope that my Group using your own excellent photos and constructive comments that my pictures are even better!
Thanks

Keni - Zoran

Squeaky_Wing
17 May 2013 - 11:43 AM

Hi All,

I'm new to photography and would love to hear thoughts on my work.
Itís funny how once you start you can't stop and I am continually looking at things in a different way now especially as I seem to be leaning towards Black and White photography.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Emma.

folster
folster  1 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 - 8:08 AM

Hi everyone new to the group and very new to photography so any feedback will be greatly appreciated

Thanks

John Smile

skinnyminny
4 May 2013 - 10:19 PM

hello welcome to the group -- I use software almost the same as silver efex pro -- but is a lot quicker to use--
from a site called the plugin site
software called BW STYLER 1.06
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A FREE TRIAL -- THEN BUY A DOWNLOAD STRAIGHT AWAY-- THEN THEY SEND YOU A DISC ALSO - SO YOU CAN INSTALL ON ANY PCs

--- all my b/w shots in the gallery -- have been through this software.

the software is about 1/ 3rd the price .


Paul.

AnneB50
AnneB50 e2 Member 2114 forum postsAnneB50 vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2013 - 7:31 PM

Hello all, I have just started experimenting with black and white as a result of an assignment I'm doing for an OCA photography course. I'm currently using Lightroom and a trial version of Silver Efex Pro and really enjoying it. Good to know that there is a group like this, totally dedicated to black and white where I can come to for support and guidance. Pictures to follow soon.

skinnyminny
30 Apr 2013 - 3:10 PM

Just stiil film and scanning - slight framing and editing in photoshop- takes a bit longer than digital but i like the results.

Wilco54
Wilco54 e2 Member 2150 forum postsWilco54 vcard Luxembourg1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2013 - 9:48 AM


Quote: Hello to all group members-
I had my own darkroom for many years. but now have my films scanned to 18 mb raw/ tiff files from each frame.
i use my leica m4 for 35mm and a 500cm for 120 roll

Welcome aboard Paul! Are you still shooting only film or both? Have fun in the Group, feel free to ask anyine for help, exchange of ideas etc
All the best, Chris

Wilco54
Wilco54 e2 Member 2150 forum postsWilco54 vcard Luxembourg1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2013 - 9:17 AM


Quote: Hi folk's glad to join the group , looking forward , to looking&learning! Smile

Hi Ally - welcome aboard feel free to look and ask if you want to know anything. Its a friendly Group and our "sister" Group Weekly Black and White Challenge is entertaining too - just bring your sense of humour.

I love the Dots and Lines photo! All the best
Chris

Wilco54
Wilco54 e2 Member 2150 forum postsWilco54 vcard Luxembourg1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2013 - 9:14 AM


Quote: Hello all very new to this and looking to learn new things and see some amazing pictures, always been fan of Black & White so looking forward to seeing what happens here
Carl

Hi Carl! Welcome to the Group glad you like what you have seen to date and we look forward to seeing more of you! On a personal note I had a quick look at your Portfolio and saw, with envy, some shots from Dungeness! I have one very similar shot in my Portfolio from a workshop I did there last year. Its a great location and really inspiring for black and white! Look forward to seeing more, Chris

skinnyminny
30 Apr 2013 - 6:10 AM

any advice or tips feel free to ask !

cnield81
cnield81  1 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 - 1:01 AM

Hello all very new to this and looking to learn new things and see some amazing pictures, always been fan of Black & White so looking forward to seeing what happens here
Carl

allydon99
allydon99  4 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2013 - 11:45 AM

Hi folk's glad to join the group , looking forward , to looking&learning! Smile

skinnyminny
19 Apr 2013 - 11:27 PM

Hello to all group members-
I had my own darkroom for many years. but now have my films scanned to 18 mb raw/ tiff files from each frame.
i use my leica m4 for 35mm and a 500cm for 120 roll

lauragoodsell

Hi I am new to photography and have quickly discovered my love for black and white shots, so will hopefully be uploading some images for all to enjoy soon. ThanksGrin

Paulgc
Paulgc  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 4:13 PM

"If in doubt... desaturate".

Dave_Henderson
Dave_Henderson e2 Member 1062 forum postsDave_Henderson vcard United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 - 5:52 PM

After years of being a part of epz and sitting on the sidelines thought it was time to join in.

Pablo84
Pablo84  1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 - 12:37 PM

You may find both and hopefully some more comments and remarks!

Earbypics
Earbypics e2 Member 1Earbypics vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2013 - 10:08 PM

Well I've been an EPZ member for a few months and I am increasingly shooting almost exclusively in monochrome. So I'm glad there's a group and I hope I find both inspiration and expression in it! Smile

Martin

Pablo84
Pablo84  1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 - 10:46 PM

Hello, I'm Pablo84

I shoot mainly in B&W because I can't quite get the colour shots right. I use a canon 60d and mainly use a 50mm Prime f1.8. I only have a kit lens other than that and really am nothing more than a happy enthusiast. This is my first post.

Thanks everyone
P84

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 10:27 PM


Quote: I have posted an image in the gallery that is both colour and black and white. Do you think that there is a difference between this image and one that is say monochrome then Toned or hand tinted whether digitally or in the traditional method. And if so......... what?

It's a fine line between good and evil Smile

Not sure if I've understood the question properly, but am assuming you are asking whether it is ok or right to post this sort of shot in this group?

Your presentation covers a number of differing approaches and, for, me, as long as it meets the basic principle (Black & White), then I'm quite happy to see all varieties. I'm not sure about anyone else but I tend to use the `mono enthusiasts' group for displaying new or adventurous techniques.... Smile

blastedkane
7 Mar 2013 - 2:16 PM

I have been a member for a while, but not got around to posting much however I have a question.

I have posted an image in the gallery that is both colour and black and white. Do you think that there is a difference between this image and one that is say monochrome then Toned or hand tinted whether digitally or in the traditional method. And if so......... what?

capto
capto e2 Member 21475 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2013 - 10:35 AM

Hi all

I recognise a few names on here. Thought I'd join the fun.

ivor

KenTaylor
KenTaylor e2 Member 102994 forum postsKenTaylor vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 6:07 PM


Quote: Just had a flip through the `grey' magazine. An interesting collection, but surprised how much noise there is in some of the shots. Collectively they wrok together but wouldn't give space to soem of them individually Smile

Not quite applicable here where each shot is treated as single. Begs the question if a single shot can succeed within a body of work. INSCAPE is worth trying although its not an online publication.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 5:05 PM

just had a flip through the `grey' magazine. An interesting collection, but surprised how much noise there is in some of the shots. Collectively they wrok together but wouldn't give space to soem of them individually Smile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 4:45 PM


Quote: Grey has its latest issue online

thanks for the link Smile

KenTaylor
KenTaylor e2 Member 102994 forum postsKenTaylor vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 4:05 PM

Grey has its latest issue online

Jestertheclown
16 Nov 2012 - 11:09 AM

Hi Peter,
I haven't been around here as much as perhaps I should!
Glad to hear that you're up for it.
There's possibly no better way to learn.

Bonvilston
16 Nov 2012 - 10:44 AM

Critique ? Would be nice to receive. "Nice Photo" doesn't say a lot though. I say go ahead and give it a go Jester.......Peter

Jestertheclown
31 Oct 2012 - 1:23 PM

Hi Cath!

CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2012 - 11:05 AM

Haven't been active on epz for a while cos of other commitments but great that this group has been set up Grin Lovely to see so many fantastic b and w images. I have been a bit inactive lately in updated my portfolio, but I'll start doing it over the next few days.

Best wishes to you all

Catherine

Jestertheclown
30 Oct 2012 - 6:29 PM

All of my shots, outside of this group go in the critique gallery, partly to get sensible feedback and partly to avoid the nonsensical farce that voting has become.
Consequently, I'd be happy to have mods. allowed on my images in here.
I dare say that it could be arranged.
If sufficient group members fell the same way, I'll approach the bosses.

What do you think people . . . ?

Bren.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2012 - 12:49 PM

don't know what everyone else thinks but I would find it useful if modifications were set on all shots...then at least if we have a view/comment we can practice what we preach and try and show the images in a different light Smile

Jestertheclown
30 Oct 2012 - 12:20 PM

Thanks Richard, I'm off out in a minute. I'll speak later.

theextrathird
30 Oct 2012 - 12:10 PM

Hi Bren,

I have added three, they're the only ones I have in my portfolio at the moment (and I am at work so can't get to the others).
It's a start and rather than flood the group it would be nice to hear comments so I can refine before posting more.

Looking forward to taking the B&W further.

Richard

Jestertheclown
30 Oct 2012 - 11:53 AM

Hi Richard, welcome aboard.
I'll look forward to seeing some of your work.
There are plenty of members here who will be happy to help and advise you.
Just ask!

Good luck,

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 30 Oct 2012 - 11:53 AM
theextrathird
30 Oct 2012 - 11:37 AM

Hello to all, just found this group and thought, considering I seem to be getting into B&W images, I would join up and post a couple (or so).
Perhaps the experts could let me know if I am on the right track/missing the boat/doing ok.

Off to have a good look through the images now.

Richard

polly470
polly470  525 forum posts United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 6:40 PM

Thanks Bren..I will try! x

Jestertheclown
28 Oct 2012 - 6:26 PM

Hi Pauline,
You'll be made very welcome here, however frequently, or otherwise, you visit.
I don't spend anywhere near as much time here as I ought to myself!

Bren.

polly470
polly470  525 forum posts United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 6:02 PM

I have only just started to investigate B&W so I have much to learn....bear with me! I can only come on sporadically due to work but I will be keeping an eye out as often as I can..
P
xx

Jestertheclown
21 Oct 2012 - 1:40 PM

Hi John, welcome aboard.

Bren.

JohnnyJazz
20 Oct 2012 - 11:59 PM

I love b/w, once I got into it I found it addictive. Colour is overrated in my book, textures and tones....aaaahhhh. Nice thing is, there's more than one way to produce a cracking mono imageGrin

pablophotographer

Hello all. Nice to be here.

I take both black and white and colour photographs. As soon as my health recovers (hopefully) I shall be glad to shoot my next Kodak BCN400BW film. Currently I am using a digital camera and as you can see from my portfolio, I am not shy of turning the camera's colour setting to B&W to record the world around me.

aeras
aeras  2 Cyprus6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2012 - 7:25 PM

Hi , Color confuses me .. and I feel really at ease with black and white images.
Take care
Charles

nasbonnie
nasbonnie  3
17 May 2012 - 6:29 PM

Hi,
I have uploaded my first colour "converted" photo, it is not quite B&W and also not quite sepia.... The sky was distracting so I darkened the edges but I think that it could maybe be a bit lighter. Please let me know what you think Smile

iannidan
iannidan  665 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Apr 2012 - 6:38 PM

just posted my first image to this b&w group, so please be gentle. Grin

danfrier
danfrier  3 England
3 Feb 2012 - 9:29 AM

Hi every body I'm looking to learn the finer points of B&W and look forward to using you're shots in my education Smile

Americanmrs
27 May 2011 - 11:55 AM

Nice to see a B&W group!
Look forward to seeing everyones work

Laura

wildlife123
27 May 2011 - 11:17 AM

Hello to the black and white images group, I love black and white photography
and also enjoy making my own photograms, are photograms allowed in this group.

thank you wildlife123.

Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2011 - 10:29 PM

Nonur

I don't have any issue with a few sepia images. You could always consider creating a sepia group which could be linked to this group, creating a group is easy and well worth doing.

nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2011 - 12:32 PM

I should thank you Rick for opening up this group. I'd like to ask if sepia versions can also be accepted.

Jestertheclown
24 Apr 2011 - 9:59 AM

Eric,
I see a lot of, although probably not all of, your uploads but I can't critique every single one as I'd end up simply repeating myself.
I look at your images as much as anyone elses' in this group but I only comment on anybody's images if they really catch my eye or have something special about them.
Now, don't misunderstand what I've just said.
I'm not suggesting that there's anything wrong with your work but when you upload an image every day or so, it becomes very difficult to find worthile feedback on each and every image. If you look through all of the images in here, you'll find hardly any comments from me on any of them.
You'll find I make far more comments and offer much more critique in the critique gallery (have a look at my recent history) and really, that's the place you need to be uploading if you want some positive reaction.
You won't see a landslide of comments. in fact sometimes you still won't receive any. But you will receive some and those that you do receive will be worth looking at and paying attention to.
I know I've said this before but if you do decide to join us in there, please give as much information as you can about your image. Tell us why you took it, how it caught your eye, what are you trying to achieve with it. that kind of thing, plus any details relevant to the shot, shutter speed and so on or, if you don't have the EXIF, at least what type of camera you used.
All of that information will help us to critique your shots.
If uploading here's making you become negative asnd despondent, come and join us. You'll be made very welcome. You've nothing to lose and there's a huge amount to be gained.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
24 Apr 2011 - 8:40 AM

Only 2 comments on the last 12 postings, is it ?, worth the effort to prepare and up-load.

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
26 Mar 2011 - 2:55 PM

Rick, thank you for the nice comments on many of my up-loads. Eric

SalPot77
SalPot77  3 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2011 - 4:27 PM

Hi I am new to this group, I love black and white images but I was wondering if this group will accept black and white images with a little splash of colour? I enjoy creating these images ad wanted to share. If not thats cool I'll probably create a group Smile but if someone would kindly let me know ta x

fynephotography
fynephotography e2 Member 6fynephotography vcard Scotland
3 Feb 2011 - 12:30 PM

There is still plety of photographers who enjoy B&W and with the printers getting better for B&W it will prove successful again.

Gaucho
Gaucho e2 Member 132445 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2011 - 10:27 AM

I think this group is working but we really need to encourage more to join in to get the best out of it. Digital B&W is very new to me and I would hope we can get some more, experienced photographers involved it will help us all to progress. If I have the time I will trawl the gallery and put out some invites to those who have a preference to mono work.

Uploading in the gallery is fine but it is such an enormous ocean out there that my little fish just get swamped Grin

chavender
chavender e2 Member 4224 forum postschavender vcard France1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2011 - 8:45 AM

"not being cynical here, but feels as though we're uploading because it's a B&W group and it's an alternative to the main gallery....what's the difference between uploading here and uploading a mono to the main gallery (the frequency, perhaps?)".

Speaking personally, I upload to the B&W group and often upload the same image to the main gallery (and sometimes to the critique gallery).

"just wondering what people think they will get of of this group and whether it can be improved? Smile
[/quote]

One of my main photographic interests is mono and would prefer to upload my mono images here amongst like minded photographers.
I also enjoy looking at other mono work for inspiration. I think the B&W or Colour forum is a step in the right direction to spark discussion on the merits (or otherwise) of Mono. Smile

Quote seems to not be working (or maybe me)

Last Modified By chavender at 1 Feb 2011 - 8:51 AM
cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 11:04 PM


Quote: If you want critique, why not ask for it when uploading (add it to the title).

I agree that's a way forward, but do you not think that the majority of the uploads are `just' mono shots...not being cynical here, but feels as though we're uploading because it's a B&W group and it's an alternative to the main gallery....what's the difference between uploading here and uploading a mono to the main gallery (the frequency, perhaps?). In the `reality' group (and I'm not suggesting this is the panacea) we have a monthly theme and though often it runs out of steam, it is a great sources of inspiration.

just wondering what people think they will get of of this group and whether it can be improved? Smile

chavender
chavender e2 Member 4224 forum postschavender vcard France1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 10:25 PM

I would comment on uploads if the uploader asked for constructive comment on a specific aspect ie composition, conversion etc.
It would also encourage me to comment on a particular image if the uploader stated why the picture was taken, what they think can be improved etc.
My normal practice is to pass comment on images that I particularly like or I find interesting.

I am no expert but am happy to share any knowledge and experience I have gained over the years and to encourage others.
Of course there is the critique gallery for constructive critique.

If you want critique, why not ask for it when uploading (add it to the title).

Last Modified By chavender at 31 Jan 2011 - 10:30 PM
Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 9:48 PM


Quote: but not very helpful to beginners.

What would make it more helpful?

Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 9:47 PM

It would be helpful if people make it clear when they upload the image what they are looking for ie a comment, a crit, a blunt crit, etc. I've done a crits on images here only to find the imaged deleted shortly afterwards which makes you think why bother. Time is often a big factor for me and don't have time to write crits and comments everyday but do try to catch up with many of the images.

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
31 Jan 2011 - 8:48 PM

Jeff, You write - 'Why so few comments?' and I ask the same, I being new to
B&W, and in fact to Digital. Have put many photographs up on this site hoping
for comments on them, so that i could get an Idea where I was going, but most
of them did not get any, so after a time I took them off, I feel this is a
good group, but not very helpful to beginners. Eric.

Last Modified By Gypsyman at 31 Jan 2011 - 8:49 PM
cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 7:19 PM

Why so few comments? Let's have a heated debate....find it a little strange that although there is a good flow of uploads to this group there is very little comment? Sad

What makes a good B&W shot?
What should we be looking to achieve?
What's the difference between shooting in colour and converting and shooting in pure mono? Smile

Not sure I understand the difference

a quick google brought me to this quote:
Quote: close attention to composition, lighting, perspective and the context it is shot in are important.

Do you agree? and perhaps the weekly challenges should be geared to a particular technique of B&W photography...What do you think? Smile

mike_scott
1 Jan 2011 - 7:45 PM

ive not been on epz for a long time, so groups are new to me, ive always been into b&w, so this group gets my support,mike.

Last Modified By mike_scott at 1 Jan 2011 - 7:46 PM
Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
28 Dec 2010 - 2:36 PM

Jeff, I read the Challenge as 'Shopping' which had been called by his wife ' Retail Therapy' not that 'Therapy' was the subject. I will have to read more carefully. Eric.
I have put 3 up for comment, but will not enter this time. Sad

ExT_Racer
ExT_Racer e2 Member 655 forum postsExT_Racer vcard Wales
27 Dec 2010 - 12:53 PM

I have just revisited my two entries which said" B & W Entry", which I would have thought explicit enough. I have no shots for this weeks challenge but maybe the next one will be more suitable?

Thanks Eric for your comment, great comfort!

Paddy.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2010 - 11:18 AM


Quote: Paddy. I had noticed that your two did not receive Comment, and at least three of mine, which I
had put forward for Comment only received none, two did and the one entered did. I saw no sign
of anyone doing any shopping on the winning photograph, and myself feel that your 2nd entry
was better than the winning shot. sorry to read you will not enter again, that will be the groups loss. Eric.

Have had a look back at the entries and can only assume that because the headers didn't actually say `B&W Challenge' that they weren't picked up for inclusion. Seems a pity that we haven't quite got this right and certainly don't want to alienate anyone (what would be the point?). The theme last week was `Retail Therapy' (e.g. `Shopping') and therefore my shot wasn't actually a shot of anyone shopping, but more people taking a break from shopping (a therapy in itself?). I don't contend that it was the best (of the mere 4 included) but then the idea of this themed approach is that the judge for the week makes heir own mind up...much like the `Guest Editors Award'.

Hope you'll give it another try Smile

jeff

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
27 Dec 2010 - 12:02 AM

Paddy. I had noticed that your two did not receive Comment, and at least three of mine, which I
had put forward for Comment only received none, two did and the one entered did. I saw no sign
of anyone doing any shopping on the winning photograph, and myself feel that your 2nd entry
was better than the winning shot. sorry to read you will not enter again, that will be the groups loss. Eric.

ExT_Racer
ExT_Racer e2 Member 655 forum postsExT_Racer vcard Wales
26 Dec 2010 - 6:22 PM

What happened to my B &W shopping shots-I put 2 in but was not mentioned. I shan`t bother in future!

Paddy.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2010 - 9:49 AM


Quote: Question, Are the Photographs taken, Verboten & Transylvania, this week, as the Challenge requires ?

Yes! Well `Verboten' is....why would you not think so? Smile

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
15 Dec 2010 - 9:21 AM

Question, Are the Photographs taken, Verboten & Transylvania, this week, as the Challenge requires ?

Snapper
Snapper  93835 forum posts United States Minor Outlying Islands3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Dec 2010 - 6:25 PM

Rick

Can I just make the point that it would be helpful if people can state that their uploaded photo is for the weekly challenge? I had a sneaky peak just now and thought there were a couple there, but one of them said it was NOT for the weekly challenge! Grin

Thanks, Peter

Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2010 - 4:36 PM

Eric, I'm not sure your if your comments is about this B&W group or epz generally.

If you are wanting crits on your uploads here please write that in the description and try to be specific about what you looking for ie how can i improve the composion or why area been burnt out etc. It worth remembering that is a busy time of year and not everyone has time to comment straight away or on every image. You can also learn a lot about black and white photography yourself by looking at the work of other black and white photographers, reading some of the forum comments ie what makes a good black and white.

I'm not a long term B&W worker, I got into B&W photography about two years ago and have tried to read up and find out as much about B&W photography as i can and found EPZ a useful resource.

I've always found EPZ critique gallery really good and it helped me improve my photography. Another group you may be interested in is the tell it how it is group. EPZ has good technique guides and video section as well.

Hope that helps, off to comment on a couple of your shots.....
Rick

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
13 Dec 2010 - 3:11 PM

I think it is a pity that there are so many photographs put up on this site which receive no
comments, how long before those who submit them, start to think I am wasting my time, I for
one would sooner hear 'It is total rubbish, burn it.' than to be left wondering what others think
of it, could I have done something to better it. come on you long time B&W workers, pass on
a few ideas to those who are wanting to try. Eric.

Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2010 - 2:40 PM

REMINDER The theme for this weeks Black and white challenge is Entrance. Upload to the group before 8pm Wednesday.

Details can be found here

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
10 Dec 2010 - 4:10 PM

All 3 appeared later, have deleted two copies.

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
10 Dec 2010 - 4:03 PM

Tried 3 times today to up-load Photograph without success

Phil_L
Phil_L  5 Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2010 - 10:08 PM

This weeks winner

Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2010 - 1:28 PM


Quote: REMINDER. The theme for this weeks BLACK & WHITE WEEKLY CHALLENGE is STILL LIFE.
Upload to the group before 8PM WEDNESDAY.

Will try night and should have something to upload on wednesday

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104248 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2010 - 11:53 PM


Quote: REMINDER. The theme for this weeks BLACK & WHITE WEEKLY CHALLENGE is STILL LIFE.
Upload to the group before 8PM WEDNESDAY.

I'll try my best, but have only just got out of hospital today

Phil_L
Phil_L  5 Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2010 - 7:05 PM

REMINDER. The theme for this weeks BLACK & WHITE WEEKLY CHALLENGE is STILL LIFE.
Upload to the group before 8PM WEDNESDAY.

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
6 Dec 2010 - 2:18 PM

Peter One of your two Photos of the Cyclists has now gone I did you do that.

Last Modified By Gypsyman at 6 Dec 2010 - 2:19 PM
Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
6 Dec 2010 - 2:15 PM

Peter, It would appear that they are giving both you and me two bites at the cherry. Eric.

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
5 Dec 2010 - 6:56 PM

Peter, Thank you for your reply and the 2 comments on Photos posted. You write --
PS Nobody comments on MY efforts either -- maybe because they are not 'Digital' on a £2000 odd Digital Nikon or Canon and have not had the 'HRD' treatment in PhotoShop -- but I keep trying!!
Mine are Digital, taken on a S/h Compact ( cost about £35 with postage), I do not know what 'HRD' treatment is, all I can do is change to Gray scale and play with lighting & contrast.
With regard to joining a group, this is not possable for me, there is one at the otherside of town,
but there are no buses running at that time ( they hold meetings) of night from here, secondly and more important for me they charge about £8 to 10 for each meeting attended, if I had that
type of money, I would buy a better camera with it.Sadly I live on Income Support. Thanks again.
Eric.

pentaxpete
5 Dec 2010 - 5:36 PM


Quote: I continue to try to get better with the B&W, posting on here most of my attempts, but sadly
no one appears to want to comment on them, how can I advance ? Eric.

Why not join your local Camera Club / Photographic Society ? That's what I did in 1951 -- first the East Ham Grammar School Photo-Soc then the South Essex Camera Club where I was until it folded in 1959 ( I was the youngest member) then Barking PS where I was for over 30 years and became President, then Brentwood Photo-Club where I am Past President and teach the Beginners, same as I was taught all those years ago !
PS Nobody comments on MY efforts either -- maybe because they are not 'Digital' on a £2000 odd Digital Nikon or Canon and have not had the 'HRD' treatment in PhotoShop -- but I keep trying!!

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
5 Dec 2010 - 11:05 AM

I continue to try to get better with the B&W, posting on here most of my attempts, but sadly
no one appears to want to comment on them, how can I advance ? Eric.

Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2010 - 8:36 PM

Well done to Phil_L on winning the first B&W challenge.

ExT_Racer
ExT_Racer e2 Member 655 forum postsExT_Racer vcard Wales
1 Dec 2010 - 5:28 PM

Hello Gypsyman.

If you can afford I`d get a new laptop, say a Dell or Toshiba. Don`t get one loaded with Windows Vista-I use XP but I understand Windows 7 is quite good or get an Apple laptop and load it with Aperture for photos. They are more expensive but users swear by them. Things have moved on a bit in the last 18 years!

Hope this helps,

Paddy

Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2010 - 5:08 PM

This weeks weekly B&W challenege ends in one day, hopefully a few people will enter the challenege

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
30 Nov 2010 - 3:04 PM

Pete, It is interesting to read how good you are at Photography and how old your computer is,
but that does not help me at all. I had asked for advice on my second attempt at B&W, you found
it, but did not say, I can only guess that it fell so low against your standard that you could not find words for it. with regard to computers, the one I have is now over 18 years old, will not take the new windows programmes, and has no room on its small H/d to d/load photo progammes on.
If you have seen some of my other forum posts, I tried 2 weeks ago to d/l one, only to jamb up the computer, it has been uninstalled but the computer crashes out 2 or 3 times a day.
Please if you have the time, tell me how I can better my attempts, and then to throw my second
attempt on the fire. Sincerely yours Eric.

pentaxpete
30 Nov 2010 - 2:14 PM

Gypsyman : you should put your photos into the 'Photos' section of thisa Group NOT in the 'Forum'-- I searched the 'Photos' section and could not find it anywhere then found it in the 'Forum Section' you mention your Computer is very 'old' well , this one is a 'TIME' Computer donated by my Sister-in-Law about 8 years ago and it must be 12 years old or more but still is accurate for colour balance.

Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 4660 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
29 Nov 2010 - 7:34 PM

I posted a few days ago, my second attempt at B&W, on the Forum, under my 'first attempt'
It has not been viewed yet.

dusfim
dusfim  4 Malta
28 Nov 2010 - 6:17 PM

An interesting group with great photography. Lets keep moving.Wink

Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2010 - 8:02 PM

This weeks black & white weekly challenge end 1st December at 8pm

Theme: Movement
see here for all the details.

Last Modified By Sandgrouse at 25 Nov 2010 - 8:03 PM
Sandgrouse
Sandgrouse e2 Member 8407 forum postsSandgrouse vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2010 - 6:15 PM


Quote: Recieved 6 notifications of a new B&W pic "Old Shack at Dungeness" but the site informs me the pic is not available. Any ideas why this should be? Cheers.

I think there were a few issues with the upload of that image which resulted in several duplicates. The orginal images is in the B&W gallery and can be found here

bazzra1714
23 Nov 2010 - 10:49 AM

Hi all

Recieved 6 notifications of a new B&W pic "Old Shack at Dungeness" but the site informs me the pic is not available. Any ideas why this should be? Cheers.

pentaxpete
23 Nov 2010 - 9:07 AM

In trying to upload a B&W photo there was a page that kept coming up saying 'Site Not Avavilable,try again later' and I kept trying to upload over about an hour then gave up .. This morning I find THREE photos the SAME in the Group Photos and although I click on 'Delete' I can't get rid of two of them -- what happened with the ePHOTOzine site ?

pentaxpete
16 Oct 2010 - 2:11 PM

I have just found this Group and joined through making a Post in the group 'Forum' about Black and White in the Darkroom so you can read my 'History' in there instead of repeating it here !
ALL my 'Black and White' is on REAL FILLUM Folks -- I have NEVER done a 'Black and White' DIGITAL (UGH !!! )

Smurfmuffin
27 Sep 2010 - 8:11 PM

I do too - any helpful suggestions gratefully received as well as nice critisisms on photos too. All I need to do now is a little more practice.

Gothic
Gothic  5 Uruguay
22 Aug 2010 - 10:08 PM

Hi everybody. I've just joined the group and hope to see great things here. I really love B&W photography and will also upload some of my work to share. A big hug.

fatherpie
fatherpie  6 England12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2010 - 10:01 PM

Good to see the group starting to take shape ... thanks to Sandgrouse for starting us off.

User_Removed
31 Jul 2010 - 9:51 AM

I hope this can become an active and interesting group.

I've recently cleared out my portfolio - just felt like I needed a fresh start - but will start uploading again soon, and will hopefully make a useful contribution here.

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