In the age of full auto this and that, Hi tech this and that, colour balance white balance and all the rest, seeing a Black & White photo is so refreshing. There is something about B/W that is timeless, you look at a B/W and it doesn't enter your mind when it might have been taken or what with, because all the colour that might give us some idea has been striped out leaving something special in its place that is hard to put into words.
I for one hope in this age of digital capture, display and printing I hope that B/W will continue to be appreciated for the special feeling that it has enjoyed over the decades and not die out due to "but look at the colur depth in the reds on this print" type of thinking.
Thank you again for sharing your shots with us.
These were shot during a commercial project. The commerce part, was shot with all kinds of cameras, canons, phase, nikons, depending on the look, lens, amount of light, the setting and god forbid the resolution.
When I had a moment to shoot something only for myself and those moments are usually brief, I grab that little leica m8 that is set on black and white and use a 28mm lens. I don't think I've taken it off of black and white more than twice and only removed the lens the same.
There is something lovely about the leica. It's a non pixel peeping, non dr comparing, non resolution dependent type of camera. It's just lens, box and a receptor. If leica came out with an M9 tomorow with twice the resolution, or twice the anything, I'd just not care one bit. All of that stuff has nothing to do with this camera or what I use it for.
Personally I've grown somewhat weary of the digital age of new plastic covered cameras, new improvements, 40 ft. file sizes, smooth as silk skin tones, over sharpened, over detailed, over lit images that are thrown at us in a maddening pace. Actually have you ever tethered the Leica because it's so funny it's great. The main image is about 3" across and that's it, 3", which is like viewing a polaroid and about as slow.
Don't misunderstand, I'll probably buy another new digital camera someday, the 5dII and probably a RED because of the video capabilities, but if I had my way (and I completely understand the world is not going to bend to my way) I'd just carry two leicas with the same 28mm lens.
Once again, thanks for the compliment.