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Nov 12, 2019 13:30 |  #1

Back on the 31st of January this year, I started a blog on how I learnt to create monochrome photos, as someone who previously thought that mono "sucks the life out of the image". I've just uploaded my 29th post, "What a coincidence!" on what I call 'juxtapositions of coincidence' and how you can increase your chances of capturing them. Earlier posts go into some detail about the learning process I went through, including the three principles I got through studying other people's photos on Flickr: encapsulation, orientation, and colour-toning.

I mostly shoot street, so if you're interested in that or in monochrome photography in general, please feel free to follow the blog. Thanks. Just click the link below the image below to go there.

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Nov 26, 2019 19:11 |  #2

For me mono draws attention to specific aspects of a photo. Almost like color is a distraction. With that said, some photos have to be in color.
Sometimes I wonder if there's something hardwired in our brain that makes mono appealing. Low light, night time with a moon. That's what we grew up with.


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Nov 26, 2019 19:45 |  #3

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For me mono draws attention to specific aspects of a photo. Almost like color is a distraction.

Yes, I'm learning that as I go along. It's not just tone, it's texture, and sometimes line and shape. Also, monochrome can reveal detail that's hidden in a colour version.

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With that said, some photos have to be in color.

Oh, yes, definitely!

MnM wrote in post #18966521 (external link)
Sometimes I wonder if there's something hardwired in our brain that makes mono appealing. Low light, night time with a moon. That's what we grew up with.

That makes sense. Our night vision is monochromatic.


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Jan 21, 2020 13:37 |  #4

It's All in the Detail

My latest post on mono log, in which I talk about the neurology of feature detection and pattern recognition, and how they help us understand our photographs.

I've just uploaded the latest post to my blog, mono log. I hope you enjoy it.


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Jan 22, 2020 14:11 |  #5

nice blog:love:


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Jan 22, 2020 14:19 |  #6

Thanks, Cassie!


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Jan 22, 2020 20:08 |  #7

Sorry for OP to deal with such odd POV as he have to do with this

mono "sucks the life out of the image"

I answered "color or b/w" question in past December interview, my answer was - black and white divides life and else in street photography. Not my idea, but what I have learned by portraits from Dorothea Lange, Diana Arbus, Jane Bown, Yousuf Karsh and Henri-Cartier Bresson. He not only did some street, but "Inner Silence" book of portraits.


BTW, in the mono link I went and observed, out of four photos you were close enough only once and it was good. Not just for mono, but with those who are alive.

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Jan 23, 2020 02:51 |  #8

kf095 wrote in post #18996865 (external link)
Sorry for OP to deal with such odd POV as he have to do with this

There are a few of us around.

kf095 wrote in post #18996865 (external link)
I answered "color or b/w" question in past December interview, my answer was - black and white divides life and else in street photography. Not my idea, but what I have learned by portraits from Dorothea Lange, Diana Arbus, Jane Bown, Yousuf Karsh and Henri-Cartier Bresson. He not only did some street, but "Inner Silence" book of portraits.

I haven't studied any well-known photographers. I started from scratch, from viewing people's photos on Flickr. Of course, I've seen photos by Lange and Arbus, and a few by Cartier-Bresson, but I'm just a guy with a camera and few pretentions, checking out how things look in monochrome.

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BTW, in the mono link I went and observed, out of four photos you were close enough only once and it was good. Not just for mono, but with those who are alive.

:)

Thanks. Close enough to what?


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Jan 23, 2020 08:53 as a reply to  @ garryknight's post |  #10

I highly recommend to learn photography via masters. Which is BW naturally. Not just photography, but about masters themselves. You will find a lot of answers. If you have questions.

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Jan 23, 2020 18:05 |  #11

kf095 wrote in post #18997100 (external link)
I highly recommend to learn photography via masters. Which is BW naturally. Not just photography, but about masters themselves. You will find a lot of answers. If you have questions.

http://rising.blacksta​r.com …ure-not-close-enough.html (external link)


Thanks for your input. I'm aware of the photography of Vivian Maier, of course.


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