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My Black & White Gallery : I've just really had to rewrite this piece. I got a bit of a surprise lately after going back into Nik Color Efex Pro 3, which comes bundled in with PaintShop, and giving the B&W Conversion there another try. I shouldn't have been so quick to dismiss it before. I'm still not pleased with the Topaz warez...you don't quite have the control that I found with Nik's stuff. I got a bit hung up on the conversion that's native to PaintShop, but that method needs to give better feedback about what's going on with the image. I still like it, but after discovering the histogram on the Nikware, I realized how nice to be able to get a reference as to what was going on with the levels as you made adjustments. Now I also realize that Color Efex is miles away from Silver Efex...and that I should look at that one, but now that Google has their finger in that pie, you can't purchase pieces of the suite...You have to go for the whole enchilada. So I would be laying down 150 bucks to use it, but not much else from the suite...which kinda sucks. I wish Google hadn't gotten involved. I don't even want to give the free trial a whirl as I might really like it and then be in a real pickle. UPDATE...I gave the free trial a shot and found the main tools that I liked were already in Color Efex 3.0. I also found that some images are more suited to the PSP conversion and some to Color Efex. So I'll work with what I have, now that I've tried some of the better alternatives. So now with that part out of the way, I'll mention that I never really used B&W film until I had a need for it. I had always enjoyed color, even while doing concert pictures where some high speed film was really needed. It wasn't until I started working at Clarke School in Northampton Massachusetts during the early 90's and contributed images to the Development Office publications and to the school yearbook, that I had a need to shoot B&W. Luckily, Northampton had a great photo lab at the time...had to do a bit of back tracking,as they're gone now, but I found the name..Primary Color on Hawley St...I got to know a few people there and it was always a good place to stop and hangout and talk photography. I could shoot an event at the school and get contact sheets that day or the next...which is a nice, economical way to get results. At that point I used T-Max 400...can't remember if I pushed any or not...and it usually worked well when I was at events in the gym and not using a flash...don't want to be firing a flash during basketball events. So that was my only foray into shades of grey, those 3 or so years. Until I started playing with digital...and now we have a whole new world of B&W.

My Black & White Gallery

jps721

I've just really had to rewrite this piece. I got a bit of a surprise ...

Updated: Aug 18, 2014 3:10pm PST

France in Black and White : Views of traditional French landmarks in Black and White.

France in Black and White

Jose Baella (firehorsestudio)

Views of traditional French landmarks in Black and White.

Updated: Aug 17, 2014 6:01pm PST

American Landscape : The American Landscape in Black and White showing the drama of the American West from Death Valley, Bodie Ghost Town, the Central Coast of California and even Los Angeles at night.  All photographs are shot on film with either a Leica or a Hasselblad.  The resulting darkroom prints are then scanned and placed in this gallery. Putting the viewer in the place of the image is the goal.

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures. 
Vincent Van Gogh

American Landscape

Philip Earl

The American Landscape in Black and White showing the drama of the Ame ...

Updated: Aug 13, 2014 11:11am PST

Black & White :

Black & White

Clarence Knight

Updated: Aug 11, 2014 7:35pm PST

Black and White : This is a dynamic / smart gallery, containing photos from one of my other galleries in black and white.

Black and White

Guillaume Raisonnable

This is a dynamic / smart gallery, containing photos from one of my ot ...

Updated: Aug 10, 2014 7:09am PST

Candids in Cambridge 2013-14 : Candids and street photography from Cambridge

Candids in Cambridge 2013-14

MauSca

Candids and street photography from Cambridge

Updated: Aug 03, 2014 12:31pm PST

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Black & White

bcoit

Updated: Jul 30, 2014 8:59pm PST

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Black and White

AnitasFocus

Updated: Jul 27, 2014 1:40pm PST

Newcastle in Black & White :

Newcastle in Black & White

patti hinton

Updated: Jul 17, 2014 7:56pm PST

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Kleber Steinbach

Updated: Jul 16, 2014 8:34am PST

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