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Old 30th September 2011
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Monochrome or Colour

It's Friday and I have a few minutes before work goes bonkers again so I wanted to canvas other peoples thoughts whilst I can.

What do people enjoy the most - Monochrome or Colour

I ask this because I find myself enjoying and appreciating monchrome more and more these days. Not at all sure why this is but it may be something to do with my increasing interest in the tones and graphical elements in a picture as much as the pure subject of the image.

Anyway, I'll be fascinated on other Oly peoples views

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Re: Monochrome or Colour

Like many, I started with monochrome, developing tanks and darkrooms. As a result I do appreciate a good punchy mono image.

Equally I have to say I've never actually printed a mono digital image and hung it on the wall.

One day perhaps...

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Re: Monochrome or Colour

Generally speaking I prefer colour especially when shooting with Olympus cameras.
Having said that, I always use RAW when shooting portaits and then 'develop' Black&Whit, Sephia and colour JEPG's of each photo.
And more often than not the B&W is the preferred photo.
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Re: Monochrome or Colour

I like colour, I've never really got into monochrome although dabbled in a few times.

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Re: Monochrome or Colour

I enjoy both - they are completely different media and express very different things. I thought that my liking for mono stemmed from being an old fart brought up on it - I did the stuff with tanks and smelly chemicals, as Snaarman mentions. But it seems that a lot of younger people, the mobile phone generation brought up on instant colour everything, are turning to mono as an alternative.

That said, I find it difficult to take mono pictures with a camera that will shoot colour. There seems to be some sort of psychological block, and I can't even fool it by switchinfg the camera into mono mode. Sometimes on hols I take an extra film camera loaded with B&W as it will force me to look for that sort of picture. Nice excuse to un-retire the OMs, the 35RC/D or the Mu!

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Re: Monochrome or Colour

Monochrome or Colour I like both. I regurally do a B&W version and sometimes find I like it more than the colour.
B&W for steam railways more often than not. B&W always seems to me to be the correct format for the subject.

Recently joined the local camera club, the monthly competitons you can enter 2 B&W prints, 2 colour prints & 2 DPI so it encourages you to look at your B&W work more.
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Re: Monochrome or Colour

I do love Mono for some shots and EVEN have a few printed mono's on my walls but more colour shots on walls

It depends on the subject/shot really ! I mean derelict buildings look much better and have greater impact in mono - less is more imoho
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Re: Monochrome or Colour

Generally both, but lately I have been getting into gritty monochrome images and actively searching out subjects to suit this treatment (Silver Effex Pr is great for this).
I do like the odd spot of 'colour popping' as well!
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Re: Monochrome or Colour

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I do like the odd spot of 'colour popping' as well!
Me too.. (Don't recall if I have shown this one before..)



.. but mono can be a refreshing change sometimes

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Re: Monochrome or Colour

Speaking of 'hanging on the wall', does anyone have a good recommendation for an online retailer who will transfer images onto a suitable medium for large wall hung prints?

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Re: Monochrome or Colour

Like mono...I do...http://www.digitalmonochromeforum.co.uk/content/
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Re: Monochrome or Colour

David - I have used a company called Point101 (http://www.point101.com/) on a number of occasions for canvas prints, Giclee prints and their Switchframes - I have found them to be excellent. On the one time I was a bit unhappy with a print they replaced it without any quibble.

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Re: Monochrome or Colour

I really like black and white and have a couple of my own prints on the wall. Keep meaning to get more but never seem to get round to it. Found DSCL very good value for large prints.

Have a look in WHSmiths for "Black+White Photography" magazine
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Re: Monochrome or Colour

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Like many, I started with monochrome, developing tanks and darkrooms. As a result I do appreciate a good punchy mono image.

Pete

Moi - from the same school of photography as Pete (snaarman). I prefer to do portraits in mono any day of the week,however clients (usually) prefer colour so that's whta they get.

I also find that I am converting more of my landscapes across to mono.

They say what goes around comes around - here I am in 2012 using a high spec digital camera,set constantly to manual and printing my photos in mono - it seems a long way from 1972 when I admit I was then having to do the same thing - progress or what?
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Re: Monochrome or Colour

Depends on the subject. I don't like doing mono for monos sake, but if the subject suits it, then fine.

But the world is a colourful place and to then dull it down just because of "fashion" seems somehow sacrilegious.
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