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Oh, and I think b&w and color are two completely different fields.  It's probably very difficult to master both.  I would just spend a lot of time on one (b&w for me) and try to make good prints.

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When I look at the b&w images I created a year ago, they all look pretty bad to me.  I think the len ...
快樂牛郎 發表於 2011-1-20 14:07


In general, I found most B/W digital files are too sharp and contrasty to my taste.  It could be the raw converter, or just our new lens are too sharp.  Maybe older lens have their flaws, but that's why they are charming (ie more creamy).

Don't stab me, it is just my taste for b/w.  Maybe that would change next month.

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In general, I found most B/W digital files are too sharp and contrasty to my taste.  It could be t ...
Look4chrisng 發表於 2011/1/20 15:19


That's absolutely the case.  Lenses with classic designs are less contrasty and have a softer rendering.  Many Leica pre-asph lenses are like that.  However, even if a newer lens is sharper, it should still give a smooth b&w tone.  Those cheap Canon/Nikon lenses can't really give you that.

I am drawn to the old designs too.  I am planning to get the Zeiss 50mm Sonar precisely because of its classical design and soft rendering.

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Some rather low contrast b&w work





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I wish LYK will have better pic quality.  I am sure they look even nicer if not for the compression.

There is no true white point on the last one, give it a old/filmy look.  good.

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I wish LYK will have better pic quality.  I am sure they look even nicer if not for the compression. ...
Look4chrisng 發表於 2011/1/21 09:46


But sometimes I feel weird for using that lens for so much b&w work since it's designed for color photos.

I used a lower contrast for those 3 since we just talked about it yesterday.  I kind of like this look more now and maybe it's what I will be using from now on.

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I wish LYK will have better pic quality.  I am sure they look even nicer if not for the compression. ...
Look4chrisng 發表於 2011/1/21 09:46


The compression is probably due to flickr not LYK.

Just pretend you are looking at some old prints, haha.

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本帖最後由 快樂牛郎 於 2011-1-22 02:29 編輯



Under low light, the tone is clearly not as nice as given by the M9, but it's a captivating image.

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Some photos taken last year in Jan...





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