Return to B&W  


Char Davies
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March 4, 2021 9:04 pm  

"Serious" photography for me began in the early '70s with a Pentax SLR and Plus-X and unlimited access to a well-equipped chemical darkroom. I loved it, I really didn't know what I was doing and many of my favorite images are from that period. The '80s was color travel images processed by a lab (meh...). Interest was rekindled with the advent of digital in the mid-'90s and it has been nearly full-tilt ever since. And I found myself totally consumed in by the technology and the possibility of creating fantastic color images. I thought I'd "moved past" my B&W period and images. But some damn fine photographers, here and elsewhere, kept producing wonderful, moving  monochrome images. And so I started dabbling with B&W again, via converting color files. Well, converting color files to monochrome doesn't work for me (as well as B&W in-camera simulations); I keep wanting to leave a little color in the image. I need to start at B&W, see B&W through the viewfinder, on the LCD panel (not sneaking a peek at the color).

So... Those damn Leica monochrome cameras - specifically the Leica Q2 Monochrom. The moment I turned it on and looked through the monochrome EVF I was transported back nearly 50 years, to that feeling of joy connected to my early days in photography. An amazing, indescribable feeling. Just tones, no color, just shapes, lines, no color.

Only a couple shoots, just learning the camera, totally in love....

20210228 green lake 0087

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John Motzi
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March 4, 2021 10:57 pm  

Hi Char!

Actually it's better than 50 years ago, because (1) you have 50 years more wisdom to put into your photos, and (2) you couldn't see BW through the viewfinder back then 🙂


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March 7, 2021 7:21 pm  


What a fitting image for your journey.  Looking forward to seeing more. 

Lloyd Bloom
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March 8, 2021 10:13 pm  

Nothing like a new piece of gear, and not just any gear, to inspire a good image.  Thanks for sharing.


Lucia Cooper
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April 9, 2021 2:13 pm  

Love this image!  Composition is close to perfect.  It gives me peace.