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B&W Floral Pics....

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by regit, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. regit


    Jan 31, 2005
    Why B&W? Well, the traditional view is that B&W is best suited to capture only the form and texture of a subject, thereby giving you the simple essence of the subject... In view of that, floral is one subject that flourish on form and texture ... therefore, B&W.

    Now, that's the boy scout version.... Between you and me, B&W is simply the only kind of film I can develop myself (al-cheapo-ly). When I learn how to develop colour, I'll probably give you another version ...

    It is a cold and imperfect world they live in ...
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    Kodak Tri-X 400 taken with Nikon D+SLR (aka Nikon Coolscan V + Nikon FA). First two pics with Nikkor-O 55/1.2; last with Rodenstock XR-Heligon 75/1.1.
  2. Regit, very good composition. The tone and grain are not at the optimum with that film. In making test i found that using ISO 200 makes with better tone and grain and also what developer did you use?

    As for color the negative kind is not that much trouble to develop, the trouble is more in printing from those negatives.
  3. Hey Regit!

    These are awesome! Certainly a breadth of fresh air after seeing things in colour for a while...

    Good to see your work again, been a while (not that I am actively looking) :wink:

  4. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Nice change of pace Regit. You help us all see past our normally solid boundaries. :wink:
  5. Alwys pusing the llimit, you make me step back and think, thanks for sharign these wonderful shots
  6. patrickh


    May 4, 2005
    Thousand Oaks
    Nice to be taken back to basics and reminded of the place many of us came from. Love the "feel" of those flowers and all your samples. BTW - how does the Rodenstock hang on the camera? Adapter or Nikon mount? And how does it do with portraits - looks very soft. Great collection of lenses you have
  7. great to see you again here! and as usual, your shots are an inspiration...always unique. Thanks for posting them.
  8. regit


    Jan 31, 2005
    Thank you for the comment :)  These were taken at ISO1200 and develop in Diafine. Normally, the grain is well controlled and tonality is good with this combo, but I intentionally harded the grained to give more imperfection to the pics. On the side note, even I don't do it, the Coolscan I'm using is quite merciless on grain :( 

    Thanks for the input on color film, I will investigate more on color :)  I'm actually more intested in E-6 and I heard it is not worthwhile by DYI...
  9. regit


    Jan 31, 2005
    Hi Jonathan :)  It cerainly had been a while. I'm been hiding away but it is good to come out and see the world once in a while :) 
  10. regit


    Jan 31, 2005
    I'm just glad that no one complain about the lack of colour!!! :) 
  11. regit


    Jan 31, 2005
    Thank you, Mike :)  I'm glad you like these. I've seen many great colour floral pics; hopefully these will give some alternate perspectives.
  12. regit


    Jan 31, 2005
    Hi Patrick, the Rodenstock is glue to a M42-Nikon mount; both can be had fairly cheaply on eBay. Unfortunately, due to the very short back focal length, micro is just about all this lens can do. You can however, reverse mount this for far-subject, but the results are not as nice as micro work. As for as I know, the only Tamron make a soft-focus lens for Nikon (using apdatall) and can be used for portrait, but the bokeh is not good when soft effect is in use :(  I guess the best way is through PS :) 
  13. regit


    Jan 31, 2005
    Hi Janet :)  It is always good to hear from you... I'm kicking myself for missing much around here... but I'm taking my time to catch up :) 
  14. Regit your explanation make more sense, I tought that you took the picture at the normal rating of the film. When I did not mind the grain stucture I used Agfa Rodinal to develop which gives a fine grain stucture but very sharp looking picture.

    Note: one thing I do when I enlarge a picture, the old sheet of paper that I used to composed my image on is divided in thirds, vertically and horizontaly, to help me to place the elements of the picture.
  15. MariaVoniati

    MariaVoniati Guest


    They are very artistic.B&W photos makes me dreaming, travelling in different world.

  16. ocbennett

    ocbennett Guest

    Excellent shots Regit

    I really like the second shot, the composition and the sublt tones really make this one stand out for me.
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