Category Archives: Photography – thoughts

Black and White (film) Photography

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Thanks to photography, we all view and (more importantly) perceive the early 20th century as monochrome. It all looks unreal when I see a movie (made in color) about the times and lives in the early 1900’s.

Lady in red …
To me color photos are more of a reproduction of reality as we see it, and some photos are really beautiful. I believe, and so do many that, color becomes a distraction if you are attempting to portray an emotion. This surely doesn’t mean that every B/W image is great – composition matters a lot in B/W images. Sometime back I happened to come across this wonderful 5 min video on the human mind’s perception of color. It’s content is exceptionally well made, and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in photography.

Darkroom vs (Adobe) Lightroom
Nowadays, we can shoot B/W in digital also. Nonetheless, pick up a B/W darkroom print and you’ll forget everything you tried to understand about ppi and dpi. Also, colors on a computer screen may not always look the same on a digital print. Of course, one must also realize that all the digital tweaks available in Photo editing S/W are in fact very much possible in a darkroom, and the ease of it all trumps everything else.

From the Cradle to the Grave
If you shoot color, and develop it on your own (C41 for negative and E6 for positive color film), there are very few places that still do darkroom prints – you could, of course, do that yourself, but scanning would be easier.If you shoot B/W, it’s very simple to develop your negatives, and have darkroom prints done on your own (I’ll create a separate post for that).

All said and done, shoot whatever film you can lay your hands on – there’s not much of it around as before, but from capturing a scene to seeing it on paper, I believe there’s nothing easier and more satisfying than B/W film! 🙂

P.S: There are in fact number of other ways of photographing in monochrome which you should be aware of (read or watch).

Photography, as I know it.

Photography, I guess, has had a huge impact on the art of painting, rendering it more as a mode of expression than replication.  This, in turn, has seemingly standardized still life photography as commercial.

With the craze of smartphones starting to settle down, and the need for another gadget to be acquired poking up it’s head, the time is currently ripe for a boost in the sales of DSLRs in most of the developing countries (needs verification, but cannot be disregarded entirely 🙂 .. ) … and the usual suspects (Nikon, Canon, FujiFilm) have started making merry.

Being in the age of access to a plethora of theoretical knowledge online, I started researching about photography mainly as an attempt to understand how cameras work.

I bought my first working camera in March 2014 – a used Nikon F80, with a Nikkor 28-100G lens from a middle-aged guy who had moved to a more convenient point and shoot. I mostly shot Kodak Colorplus 200 for the first few months, as that’s the only film available in my city. Most of the pictures you see on this page are from this combination of camera and film. I’ve now started shooting B&W film only (got myself a used medium format camera as well), in a bid to develop and print pictures on my own, and it’s going pretty well, though B&W film’s hard to come by, and costly too.

For me, photography is 90% dreaming and 10% reality. For the most part, I like taking pictures to create for myself an image of a place I’d like to be in. Sometimes, I want to capture an emotional moment, and sometimes I want to say something – sometimes, I just want to see how the scene is interpreted by a machine. Of course, I just love the way the world looks through a viewfinder, lens open wide!

The picture of the Microwave towers against the sunset is the first of my images that I like a lot!