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Just a thought,,,

Discussion in 'Colour or Not' started by Old git, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Old git

    Old git In the Stop Bath

    I agree that sometimes mono is far and away the best medium to use when taking some images. Absolutely no argument.

    Having said that, I believe that mono seems to be the new HDR of the moment. Anything captured MUST be converted to mono. Every picture put up seems to attract the comment "Would look great in mono".

    Is it only me that thinks that a shot should be approached with a view to mono and not "rescued by converting it" ?

    (Switches "old git" mode off and waits for the mob.......
  2. PhilW

    PhilW Well-Known Member

    I tend to agree. Nine times out of ten: if i edit a shot to mono, i took it with mono in mind.

    And to help me 'think' in mono when I'm shooting in mono I switch my picture style in-camera to mono, and tweak the contrast/filter etc to suit what i have in mind.

    Obviously this has no impact on the underlying raw file, but i find that looking at the shot in mono on the back screen very helpful while shooting. ( I do this with colour shots too - set the picture style to be a rough approximation of what my finished edit will be - but that's a different subject really)

    the other 1 times out of ten it's when i'm editing and thing "ooh this would work in mono", so the latter scenario does happen sometimes!.
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  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

  4. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    Actually, I agree entirely. Nevertheless sometimes people post colour images that are just screaming to be in monochrome ... did they forget that they were using a colour camera?

    Anyhow, the rules have changed since I learned the craft. In olden (film) days, monochrome film had a lot more latitude (dynamic range) than colour transparency ... so a very contrasty scene tends to scream "monochrome" at me. Modern digital cameras also have a limited latitude, OTOH there is now a workaround - the "dreaded" HDR, which is perfectly reasonable when used properly but can be hideous when overdone.
  5. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    sometimes to my dodgy eyes I see a picture and ask myself (and occasionally out loud) does that work in mono.
    I must admit I try many of the pictures I take in mono- sometimes I don't trust my eyes and their interpretation of the colours therein. Some colour images don't look right to me so I go for the simple approach...mono.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
  6. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    You're quite correct OG. I seem to remember making a comment in similar vein in the appraisal gallery. On occasions I am of the view that a shot looks poor in colour and the author thinks that a mono conversion will have the result of Harry Potter using his wand and saying "expelliamus".
  7. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    As long as we've seen the back of hideously overdone HDR where the photographer (or should I say software-jockey) can't take a criticism, and chooses to rebut with "I actually quite like the effect", which just encourages more HDR-disciples to repeat it!
  8. dachs

    dachs Well-Known Member

    it either looks like an Ansell original, or it doesn't.

    if your eyes are slightly educated, you'll see it.

    we're talking mono here above.

    On t'other had a riot of colour captured in high quality might be a gorgeous scene, even a dream scene.

    The old story - it works, it doesn't, and only the main vast public will tell you this.

    But let's keep away from puppy shots (though again, not all the time)
  9. maxfox

    maxfox New Member

    I absolutely agree. Especially it refers to steet photography. There are a lot of meaningless shots but everyone likes because mono works. But I dont think every photo:
    I like to make photos in cool vintage interior and almost everytime it looks better in colour.

    By the way, the same i can say about photomanipulations. What do you think?
  10. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Return of the 5 year old zombie thread. :rolleyes:
  11. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    I miss 'dachs'. Hope he's ok.
  12. William Parker

    William Parker Well-Known Member

    Yes, agree most of the time and that is why most of my mono shots are taken with the camera set to mono because I think they look better that way.
  13. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear William,

    Mine are taken with the FILM set to mono...


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  14. William Parker

    William Parker Well-Known Member

    It's the only way Roger in my opinion :-D incidently this very morn in repeat Herefordshire I was using my Panasonic GX7 and a Pentax Spot Mk I . The digital was set to colour and was quite happily shooting with it in automatic pilot and then decided any further shots will be in mono, aI then noticed one of those huge chess sets used outside and snapped that in mono. Then decided to record it again on film and guess what, the mirror has stuck in the up position. It had since released and I think there is a moral somewhere but I can't find it!

    Best Wishes
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  15. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear William,

    There is always a moral somewhere. Morals in the plural may however be harder to find, especially in Tory governments. Maybe that's a moral...


  16. William Parker

    William Parker Well-Known Member

    Ah, Roger, you mean there's a moral in a moral about morals. I get it now, well I think I do.

    Best Wishes
  17. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    I attach an image a took a few years ago with the intention of capturing the wonderful autumn colours in the Forest of Dean.
    Then I experimented with a monochrome version and its mood is completely different... to my surprise I prefer the monochrome version.

    Attached Files:

  18. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Harder, even, than Higgs boson... ;)
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  19. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Nope, that's been found.

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  20. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    That's why it's harder... :)

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