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Impressive skies today... Aug. 13th, 2006 08:34 pm
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I decided to take pot luck today, given the random nature of the weather forecasts, and headed out to experiment with some black and white photography. I just about managed to keep myself and my camera dry, although I got a bit of a surprise when I was sheltering under the Millenium Bridge and it started leaking.

Comments welcome - please take a look:

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I must admit I've always been somewhat sceptical about black-and-white photography, in much the same way I mistrust "classic" literature. If they're black-and-white, "classic", or "arty" then things tend to get presumed to be good irrespective of their actual merit. But I was recommended to try it as a way of concentrating on light and composition, and as such today's shoot was quite interesting. I'm still getting used again to composing shots through a small viewfinder and trying to pick out the appropriate detail; exposure compensation and metering are still confusing me (ok, so if I set [] rather than [()] or [(o)], in what way will the camera get confused and how do I compensate?). And I can never remember what those symbols mean anyway. But; I know some of the effects I want to acheive and the methods to do so (grain=4xND filter + high ISO, B&W sky contrast=yellow/red filter), and I'm slowly getting to grips with the whole combination. The results are reasonable, and I think I can take them a lot further.

eye spy

From: webcowgirl
Date: August 13th, 2006 - 10:40 pm (Link)
1029 is awesome. Shall continue to look later.
From: aster13
Date: August 14th, 2006 - 08:16 am (Link)
No terribly knowledgeable response from me - just that i like them and i think they look good. :)
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: August 14th, 2006 - 01:07 pm (Link)
Very impressive. The shades of grey really bring out the clouds and light effects. And definitely good for concentrating on lighting and composition.

I might start fiddling with settings more now ... although I'm still trying to resist buying a D-SLR - or even the second-hand F-10 which someone has for sale ... (even though it does emulate ISO 1600 ...)