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legendofkane  Avatar
Hi there oh, I'm from North Carolina and as I have gotten in my old age photography is one of the few things I still can do. Along with other health issues I try to continue on, I find that made a couple of days ago for $250. Was it worth it? I believe so seeing how I don't spend money on much else. any tips on black and white would be appreciated335256_1609602357.jpg
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altitude50 19 23.9k United Kingdom
2 Jan 2021 4:14PM
Hello, welcome to ePhotozine.
Do you realise that your Olympus M-1 was introduced in 1972 and now is a fairly rare, collected camera? Leica forced Olympus to change the model name to OM-1 because they had a range of M cameras. Olympus then went on to produce millions of OM-1 & OM-10 which is a simplified OM-1 and very popular also.
Sounds a reasonable buy , but did it come with a lens? If not I would suggest starting with the Olympus 50mm f1.8 or - even better the f 1.4.
There is a plastic tip missing from the wind-on lever, has it had a knock?
As to black & white, some people say that some subjects suit b&w rather than colour. My advice go out & shoot whatever attracts you.
legendofkane  Avatar
It did but I had a donor body of a pre motor Drive om1 that fit, I'm talking about the advance lever. And it did come with a 55 1.8, I do have a silver nose 135 3.5 and a 50 3.5 lens. Yes it's real hard to find subjects to actually film in black and white.
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dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
2 Jan 2021 5:13PM
Welcome to epz.

I guess your camera id in good working order. You've a couple of decent lenses there to cover numerous subjects.

Black and white can produce strong images but you need to pay more attention to the light than with colour as you only have lioght and shade to play with. Look for shapes, lines, textures, patterns, etc.
That's as far as capture goes, processing and printing are other games Smile
legendofkane  Avatar
That's a good tip as I've experimented only with filters, black and white is such a cold film that's why I find it difficult to find the right subject sometimes. Yes the camera Works in every way possible, I have a pre motor Drive om1 that I can use some parts out of if I need
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GwB Plus
3 119 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2021 8:57PM
Beautiful camera I could never afford the M1, My brother and I used to have the OM 10s, he threw them away a couple of years ago with lenses aswell, when I told him how much that gear goes for he nearly fainted. I found out what he had done when I asked if he still had the lenses as I now have the digital versions OMD E M1 and OMD E M10. Olympus certainly make stylish cameras.
DarrenSmithPhotography Avatar
what a beautiful piece of kit
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Imageryonly Plus
3 203 11 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2021 9:52AM
As a lifelong Olympus user, who still owns his original OM-1n and a 55mm f1.2, Welcome to EPZ, I hope you find us good company.
Black & White is very subjective, depends on your own preferences, and processing. I presume you are going to develop your own film?
As a suggestion, go on line and look up some of the 1950's film studio still photographers, their work is breathtaking.
Buildings are always good, but simple subjects like fences with snow or sun, shadows, etc etc animals, just have fun and enjoy your new purchase, look forward to future posts.
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sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2021 11:21AM
Pre visualisation can be a useful technique in photography- trying to visualise the picture you are after. In my experience, as a predominately colour photographer, this can be more difficult in black and white as it becomes necessary to interpret a scene in terms of the tones of light rather than their colour. This is achievable with regular practice. As imageryonly suggests, looking at past work can also help - but look critically - how might the various colours of a scene influenced their tones in the image? Another fab way to learn is to play around with digital colour images and convert them to black and white. Look at how colours render in the conversion. How does the intensity and direction of the light influence the tones created?

Try not to get frustrated. The journey is one of play. A process of constant experimentation and judgement - artistry in the way you interpret a scene and then manipulate the framing and exposure to a particular result. The fun is in the doing - your satisfaction in resulting images may vary - but they remain YOUR images.
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
4 Jan 2021 11:47AM
Hello and welcome from me too!

Go to the main gallery of ephotozine and on the search option choose "black and white". The images displayed under this category will hopefully give you the inspiration or the understanding you require. Enjoy!!!
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
4 Jan 2021 6:46PM
Quote:Go to the main gallery of ephotozine and on the search option choose "black and white". The images displayed under this category will hopefully give you the inspiration or the understanding you require. Enjoy!!!

Actually choose options "All pictures" and then press "filter" and type "black and white" on the window that opens below and says "enter a tag". Hit "Apply" and voila!


legendofkane  Avatar
awww. that's a gallery, i like that!.. very helpful as well. ty
legendofkane  Avatar
thanx sherlob, mmt biggest thing was converting what i see, what i want the eye drawn to. good advice.
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mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.6k 2635 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2021 12:39PM
I'll echo Adam (sherlob)'s excellent advice. I almost always pre-visualise images as b&w because it's what I grew up with. For me it's still the natural way to see the world. For anyone who grew up with a world full of colour imagery I guess it's a new discipline, but it can be learned.

I have heard Don McCullin make some interesting comments - essentially that colour photography is the deception, because it pretends to be reality when, of course, it is just an image. B&W is honest, in that it declares itself to be an image and not reality.

Try to concentrate on lines, shapes, structures, spatial relationships. Think of colour as, like beauty, skin deep and as likely to be a distraction as an asset. B&W gets beneath the skin.

And have fun exploring!


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