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    Black & white salon photos

    My first photo post failed - so here we go again.
    Most of my original salon photos from the days of film, (printed 16" X 20" and mounted on hard board) were damaged by water recently. A few copies two of which are shown here survived having been saved previously on the computer. Several salon shots received Karsh awards, perhaps because he liked rather black contrasting images - as long as detail remained in the dark areas.

    dpurq

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    I like them, I think being Black and White gives them an atmospheric feel.

    Well done, sorry about the others damaged by water.


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    Thanks Margaret:
    I'll post a couple more later - just two at a time since I don't want to reduce them for that purpose. Don't take any B & W photos now - and nothing any more on film.

    I have the option of taking B/W shots on my digital SLR ... now I'm intrigued to try that when I get a moment.
    Last edited by Krummhorn; Jan-20-2009 at 05:01.

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    I agree with Margaret ... something very distinguished about B/W photography.
    I find that there is lots more detail noticed in B/W that we don't see in colour photos.
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    Please post more salon shots!

    Please show us more of your salon photos....

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    More Salons

    Two More:
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    Wow, two more wonderful photos. I think black and white ones let you see the whole picture, without colour to take your eyes off it.

    Thank you dpurq


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    I quite agree, Margaret

    I at one time worked in a museum where we had literally thousands of B/W photographs stored depicting life in that particular region, which was mining and foresting mostly. I would spend hours upon hours just looking at these B/W masterpieces - each so clearly defined in the greatest detail. Indeed, something does get lost in the colour shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpurq View Post
    My first photo post failed - so here we go again.
    Most of my original salon photos from the days of film, (printed 16" X 20" and mounted on hard board) were damaged by water recently. A few copies two of which are shown here survived having been saved previously on the computer. Several salon shots received Karsh awards, perhaps because he liked rather black contrasting images - as long as detail remained in the dark areas.

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    Wonderful pictures ! Thanks for sharing them. I once met a German professional photographer who never wanted to work with colour photography. These are really good.

    Regards

    Robert

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    Photography has been one of my hobbies since high school. I have enough cameras sitting around to start my own store. (Granted, some are there as collector items, not for use. Yes, I own a Leica rangefinder, but NOT as a collector item!!)

    Black/white photography is NOT dead. There is still much to be said for the contrast of shades of gray.

    Now, do you want to start on the film vs. digital debate? The visual version of the vinyl record vs. CD argument.

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    Film/Digital

    Yes, B & W film still has its followers. Having spent a lot of youthful hours in dark rooms developing film and enlarging prints - if not in a concentrated effort before salons, making prints of pictures for friend's taken at weddings etc. - all gratis, I'd had enough hours in the dark with smelly hypo. The business was not something I aspired too, besides I had too many other time-consuming hobbies. So digital, for me is a welcome relief. I can't argue the merit of one versus the other without smellng hypo. I don't take any B & W pictures now, but very much appreciate the fine work of others.

    Here are two more of those old salons. All of the originals were taken with a small format (half 120mm - 16 per roll) German Welta folding camera with one of the sharpest lenses I've ever enjoyed - a Schneider Xenar. The enlargements were mostly made by using the camera in a home-made enlarger. My present digital Lumix has a Leica (licensed) vario lens - the best lens for me since the Welta.

    Re old cameras: to take architectural shots at one time, I bought an old, used, larger format, folding camera - mainly because it had tilts which are pretty important for architecture. Unfortunately, the lens wasn't very good.

    Many thanks for the kind responses. Soon all the salons (not damaged by water) will have been posted, and that will be the end of it.
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    Two more photos, thank you.

    My eyes are drawn to the subject, because they are B&W.


    Thanks again.


    Margaret

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    Its amazing,
    what would be just another dull color photograph, not worthy of an extra glance, is a completely different picture when its black and white. Its captivating, hypnotyzing - it draws you to look, explore, find. Amazing!
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    These are really excellent pictures Dpurg,

    Please never stop taking such images ! I'd love to see more. How about a series on forests and another on great bridges (suspension bridges) etc. ? I'm sure these would be marketable if available in poster size and mounted for hanging in homes etc.

    Extraordinary !!

    Best wishes

    Robert

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    B & W Salons

    Thanks Robert - and the others as well for your encouragement!
    Here are three more.
    dpurq

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