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Sandgrouse e2
8 407 1 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2010 8:02PM
In the last week only 8.6% of all the photos uploaded to photography gallery were black and white images.

As a group should we try to encourage others to upload B&W image? What about aiming for 10% of each weeks photography gallery uploads to be black and white images by Christmas? Lets trying to get as many people who normally upload only colour images to upload a B&W image to the photography gallery every Tuesday?

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Hanners e2
8 875 10 Ireland
18 Nov 2010 8:06PM
yeah right, as if that will happen... Wink Good idea though
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
18 Nov 2010 8:07PM

Quote:In the last week only 8.6% of all the photos uploaded to photography gallery were black and white images.
That's actually not a bad percentage. I'm all for encouraging black & white but don't think members should be "forced" to upload black & white.

How about creating a challenge? It could be a theme for the Monday Night (or new Sunday night) one, or just something you kick of from the group forums to see how it goes. The theme could be subject lead but the rule would be it has to be in black & white. Just a thought Smile
JamesGarfield 5 915 4 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2010 8:14PM
I guess that 8.6% doesn't count the uploads in this group, which I have to say are pretty spectacular!
Sandgrouse e2
8 407 1 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2010 8:14PM

Quote:don't think members should be "forced" to upload black & white.


likewise, but people could be encouraged to upload black and white....


Quote:How about creating a challenge? It could be a theme for the Monday Night (or new Sunday night) one, or just something you kick of from the group forums to see how it goes. The theme could be subject lead but the rule would be it has to be in black & white. Just a thought Smile


good idea
Strobe e2
7 1.3k United States
18 Nov 2010 8:19PM

Quote:

How about creating a challenge?


Great idea, what about a weekly mono challenge. You nominate a subject on Friday, everyone has a week to compose an image and we all upload the image the following Friday. (you cannot upload before the Friday and only one upload per person)


The reason I suggest a week is that it will give everyone time over the weekend to work on images and those who would like to submit an image from film have the week to get it developed.
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
18 Nov 2010 8:34PM
I upload lots of B&W and really enjoy them - just put up a 20 by 30 inch canvas on my walls, mono Aston Martin DBS, looks amazing Smile

I don't think the site really needs to anything about monos to be honest - there's that group already running, you can filter the gallery by Black and White.... it's all there ready to use

Maybe start promoting B&W in your comments on other shots... no harm saying "I really like this shot, I bet it would look fantastic as a black and white too....."

They may take the hint and give it a try

I think Nik Silver EFX should be a free plugin, then the mono would be a lot more accessible Smile
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
18 Nov 2010 9:25PM
Another thing as well is to go around the site finding good black and white and comment on their pics and encourage them to contribute more of the same even though they may get low scores. We should be grateful to members like Luke Smith who's been plugging away with black & white for years and he never gets high scores, yet he continually delivers really interesting work.
pentaxpete e2
9 553 1 England
19 Nov 2010 4:08PM
Luke Smith is not the only one to be 'plugging away' and getting low scores ! I try to support the Site with Real Film B&W but unless it's a Digital 'HDR' of a castle, misty water with slow shutter speed or a NUDE it never gets looked at ! I tried to get some views by putting a NUDE on the B&W Group but not even that got views ! Maybe I should put 'NUDE' ( in LARGE letters) HDR, Digital in the Tag things and I bet there would be loads of people viewing !
Sandgrouse e2
8 407 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2010 6:43PM

Quote:How about creating a challenge?

Great idea, what about a weekly mono challenge. You nominate a subject on Friday, everyone has a week to compose an image and we all upload the image the following Friday. (you cannot upload before the Friday and only one upload per person)

The reason I suggest a week is that it will give everyone time over the weekend to work on images and those who would like to submit an image from film have the week to get it developed.



A weekly B&W challenge sounds a great idea, anyone know the easiest way of setting this up? or how it could run?

Friday's are a manic day for me work wise with main job and then 6 hours working in a local pub Sad So can I suggest thursday to thursday just incase things need to be set up.

What do you think?
Nick_w e2
7 4.1k 99 England
12 Dec 2010 10:11PM
out of interest, I did a quick tally - of my last 100 uploads 33 were monos - I hope to up that ratio in 2011
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
12 Dec 2010 10:22PM
just convert all your colour shots from this year into monos - that'll be a cracking kick start Wink
Nick_w e2
7 4.1k 99 England
12 Dec 2010 11:05PM

Quote:Just convert all your colour shots from this year into monos - that'll be a cracking kick start Wink


No I've got 2 projects planned which will be a bit different for me (tho one of them won't be mono).

As for converting some of the 'scapes, I've had a strange year most of the sunrises were with clear skies (not complaining I've had some super light), but they don't always make good monos (at least to my liking).

There again you could always make a suggestion from my PF & I will see what I can do Wink
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
12 Dec 2010 11:09PM

Quote:There again you could always make a suggestion from my PF & I will see what I can do


I'll leave the choice to you Wink
KathyW e2
11 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
12 Dec 2010 11:31PM
I love Black and White too, and I certainly don't hesitate to upload them to EPZ. Sometimes I will do a colour and mono version of the same shot, but usually it's destined to become B&W from the moment I press the shutter button.
I don't feel that colour is important in every image, but not every shot works in B&W. I sometimes see images that I think would look good in mono, and if I am in the mood to pass comment on them I will say as much.

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