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This is a discussion on B&W Forum - Yes or No within the Suggestions and Improvements forums, part of the Administration category; I was thinking it might not be a bad idea for B&W and selective coloring to have its own section? ...

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    Lightbulb Black & White Section?

    I was thinking it might not be a bad idea for B&W and selective coloring to have its own section? It seems some of the sections fill up pretty fast and photos get dropped to page 2 pretty fast currently.

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    Bw/sepia..all that. I would agree!

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    A Mono and Duetone section you reckon?

    Some boards do have separate forums for it. It separates the photos from their categories in terms of lanscape, portrait etc, but many feel it's a category on it's own.

    I'm fence sitting this one. I don't mind either way.

    I have a bunch of B&W conversions I've been playing with lately and was going to to put them into a single thread when I got a chance. Maybe I'll wait longer and see what happens

    Marko is still away I think, only popping in briefly when he can, so it might be another week or more before he can seriously look at this one.

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    I like the idea!
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    I think it can too easy get to a stage where there are just too many sections. I do understand the people who want to stick to wet process and there is a skill in that not used in digital age.
    However not all wet process is black and white and not all black and white is wet.
    Selective desaturation would be sitting on the fence.

    However a question. I remember as a child as my parents first moved from a half plate camera to a box Browne how the film was a lot cheaper but still limited to 12 exposures then my dad bought a 35mm camera that could take colour photos. Why? What was the difference in cameras that allowed colour?

    Was the plastic letting in colour light? Was the glass wrong in lenses can't see that as used old half plate camera lens on D-SLR and worked OK with colour. Maybe seal on film?

    Speeds on half plate were limited 1 to 1/125 of second plus T and B and aperture 6.5 to 38 but odd as 9, 12.5 18 and 25 were intermediate stops. What happened to T? Press once shutter open press again shutter closes.

    May be colour was just not fast enough? Odd the very old half plate I still have Dad bought it for 6D just after war on black market in Germany but all the in between cameras have long gone. Likely I took them apart as a kid.

    Old camera has adjustments to get buildings straight. And although calibration on bellows is for infinity to 1 meter the bellows would allow down to a few cm away a real macro lens. Two view finders one flipped from portrait to landscape plus of course ground glass and bag over head and camera method. Think called the Duplex film pack says Periutz Persensofilm dad thinks it took 12 pictures to pack and as you pulled one out it loaded next didn't have to wait to expose whole role well not on a role.

    So any ideas why my dad had to buy new camera to take colour pictures?

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    My thinking was, someone may want to show off their photo as a B&W/ sepia/ duotone rather than in one of the other categories. Does not matter if it is film based or not. B&W processing is its own art really. We only have four categories currently and they zip along at a good pace so one more category probably would not hurt.

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    I will add my voice to the request and would welcome a B&W section.
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    I'm a little confused on this one. Right now all the sections seem to be mostly broken up based on content and I don't really see the point in creating a B&W/Selective Colour/Sepia section.

    What do you do with a B&W landscape? Which section do you put it in? What about a sepia portrait?

    Not trying to be a pain, just trying to understand the reasoning behind the idea.
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    I'm kind of with Iguanasan on this one...
    I do a lot of BW images especially of late and I am okay with the viewings/comment count they receive. I've not noticed very many issues with images getting missed on comments....that is unless it has been a particularly busy posting day and there are just so many. I often go back into pages 2, 3, 4 etc. and find images that have missed comments and when I do I try to comment on them when I am able, have time and I see something that catches my eye.
    I like the set up the way it is currently, but that is just my opinion and as always I will be happy to go along with the consensus of the group.
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    I dunno, B&W is traditionally considered the medium for fine art and generally if someone chooses to process an image in B&W, it is a concious decision to present it in B&W for a reason, whether its to send a message to the viewer in some way or show off their photo in a more "artistic way".

    It was just an idea. It did not even occur to me there would be a big opposition to it or any reason why there should be either actually. Ultimately, it is Marko's forum and his decision.

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