It’s Never a Simple Black and White Choice!

A great turn out for October’s OBIC session followed along from the previous month’s practical session and put the spotlight on the use of black and white photography. The session was facilitated by Valerie, Mick and Kevin and encouraged discussion in small groups around:
  • Pre-visualising black and white
  • Manipulating black and white
  • Reviewing black and white.
Members learnt how some of the best known professionals use black and white to great effect, with a look at images from some superb books. The highly skilled will see the image in black and white and even take the photo in that format. Most of the rest of us will probably convert a colour image into black and white using software, but there are several options for fine tuning that simple conversion. You can have fun editing in fine detail or use pre-sets to suggest effects for you. And finally what works in colour may work better in black and white and/or vice versa; we reviewed members submitted images replicated in colour and black and white and selected which format suited the content best. Three images were unanimously voted as working best in black and white and one image split the group equally in half. The rest seemed to depend on the viewer but also what the photographer was trying to communicate and we concluded that several different subjects work well, and emotions, texture, agelessness and focus can all be enhanced using black and white.
Members joined in the fun by dressing in black and white which in itself just showed that there are dozens of variations of both ’tones’ showing that whilst there are thousands of clouds, there are also a wide variety of variations of black and white and every shade in between.
Thanks for all the contributions both by the facilitators and the members. Enjoy looking at your images.

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Project 111: Seeing in Black and White

triptychTo start off the tenth year of the club, Mick and Dave hosted a practical evening in which members were encouraged to think about taking images in black and white.

This session was part of a short series of evenings where we explore aspects such as what works in B&W, visualisation, camera settings, post-processing and software to enhance B&W images etc, and also served as a lead-in to Kevin’s B&W discussion in October.

So, members were sent out into the wilds of Ockbrook to get some black-and-white images for themselves, having in many cases adjusted their cameras to display b&w on their rear screens. Time was a little tight on this occasion as the light was fading – so they had around half an hour to see what they could come up with.

Then, it was time for a review of one image from each member – done anonymously and straight out of camera – and there was plenty of encouraging and positive feedback to help members with their ‘homework’ for October’s meeting.

As always, the range of subjects and treatments was broad and there were some fabulous images to enjoy.

You can enjoy them again here – still anonymous. Of course, copyright remains with the photographer.

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Members Gallery – November Practical Evening

As usual, our November meeting was a practical photography night and the theme this year was ‘Abstract’.

We arranged the room with a number of tables around the outside and in the middle, a variety of props, lighting equipment, background sheets and other ‘stuff’. The objective was to use these, add a large dollop of creativity and produce some stunning abstract images. After the initial reaction of “What the ……”, the Ockbrook spirit took the challenge and soon there was a buzz around the room as small groups experimented with the props, lighting and photographic technique. Room fixtures and fittings and even other club members became the ‘subject’.

I think most of those who attended would say that the exercise took them out of their comfort zone, but without doubt, everyone I spoke to was having fun and experimenting. So much so, come time to finish, some folk had to be dragged away from what they were doing!

As usual, creativity shone through and some amazing images were produced. When you consider that everyone participating came to this ‘cold’ and in many cases, were using photographic techniques they had never tried before, I think the output was stunning.

So, enjoy the fantastic creativity of …. you!

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Members Gallery: Moving Parts

For March our theme of the month was Moving Parts and it generated some interesting and innovative interpretations on the theme. The submissions were once again up to the high standard we’ve all come to expect. This variety and quality was reflected in the chocolate bar vote where we had a tie between Martin’s steam engine and Jayne’s knee joint!

An excellent and varied set of pictures for our gallery. I wonder what April with it’s theme of Body Parts will deliver? Can’t wait!


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