Wednesday, September 14, 2011





Most of the postcards you can find in the Alps are photos of Bernard Grange. I made my own postcards this year because I was really tired to see the same ones year after year.
But I have to concede that some of his black and white shots are really good.
Most of my black and white images are dull, drab. They don't have enough contrast. I am still wondering what went wrong: was there too much light? Do only specific subjects work on black and white? Any clue?

Note personnelle: hier une petite Margot est arrivée. Je suis toute contente. Je pense fort à la douce famille.

11 comments:

black-eyed angel said...

Well, here's what I know but I'm no expert :)
When I shoot black and white, I look for shape, line and form and above all simplicity. It seems to work well for me if the picture is not crowded and has lots of space within it. Also b&w film has less latitude than colour so you do need to get the exposures spot on. But the biggest thing is choosing the right film for what you want. I have just used Rollei Retro 80S for the first time (my beach pics) and they are really contrasty, the sky has been rendered beautifully too and I love them. At the same time I shot with Ilford Pan 100 in another camera and they are really disappointing photos.
Finally, how you process makes a difference……timings, agitation of the tank etc all have an effect on the tone and contrast.
Hope some of that answers some of your questions!
Those water and stones pictures are superb!

Kristin said...

I've shot several films in b/w in Paris. Yesterday I picked them and the lab has me green/brown photos developed. I do not know whether it's my fault or the fault of the laboratory, or whether the photos have this color. I have claimed. And I'm very curious if I'm the movies / photos to get b / w.
In the past I have often photographed in b / w roll film, and to give my b / w photos more contrast, I used a red filter. This worked well when I paid what Suzie said. Lines, shapes and simple.

But I love your b/w photos.They are very great.

PaT said...

I have to disagree on the fact that b&w film has less latitude than color films; actually you have 4 to 5 stops latitude and a wide dynamic range (espacially with classic 400 ISO films such as Tri-X ou HP5).

As your pictures are very well composed already, you might want to wait for the "magic light" time, when the sun is not too harsh and gives a smooth feel to your images…
Also, try to underexpose a bit and add a bit of contrast by using a "S curve" on post-production. It often gives good results, at least in my case :)

Pascale said...

Ah ! THE question, y'a tellement de paramètres qui entrent en jeu...
Evidemment, y'a tes réglages de bases.
MAIS aussi le lab (ET le scan de tes négatifs compte énormément).
Récemment, j'ai fais re-scanner certains négatifs dont je n'étais pas contente, et je savais que cela ne venait pas de moi. Et quelle différence !
Et puis, n'oublie JAMAIS (!-)) que le travail de post-prod... photoshop ou autre... entre en compte.
C'est l'équivalent du tirage d'avant, c'est la chimie d'aujourd'hui...

Mais tes photos sont biens !

Pascale said...

(et les filtres !!! pour faire ressortir les nuages/le ciel, faut un filtre jaune je crois-à la prise de vue, ça fait 20 ans que je me dis qu'il faut essayer !!!).

kristina - no penny for them said...

i love these, particularly the last one!

i don't see any flaws in your images at all, but i know the feeling from looking at my own. personally, i often find the problem is the discrepancy between my expectation and the result - but it does help to know which film works best in which camera.

i still love that sometimes "disappointments" can lead me into new directions.

Luana said...

un filtre peu aider... au boulevard de la photo y a des filtres usagés, pas chers... comme ça tu peux, au moins essayer... :o)

de tt façon, moi j'aime bien ts photos noir et blancs... y a quand même un certain charme dans cette sorte de surexposition...


PS. miss going through our film pics together... :o(

Luana said...

un filtre peu aider... au boulevard de la photo y a des filtres usagés, pas chers... comme ça tu peux, au moins essayer... :o)

de tt façon, moi j'aime bien ts photos noir et blancs... y a quand même un certain charme dans cette sorte de surexposition...


PS. miss going through our film pics together... :o(

joana said...

i actually prefer black and whites that look greyish than harsh black and white.
and your photos make wonderufl postcards!

kitchu said...

i have the same issues with black and white so often. i don't develop my own but wish i could as i think that would help (don't have the space at all right now). the first 3 shots in this set are gorgeous in my opinion.

aixxx said...

You make me miss shooting black and white.

I also remember looking for simpler forms and foggy days!