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Black and White competition near the end.
As the Black and white competition comes to an end I would like to hear what members thought of the idea and the challenges it presented.
It has sparked a number of comment threads already and although I have no idea how many entries there have been. The number does not seem to be less than for other themes.
The consistent response to Deans weekly black and white thread shows that there is an interest in monochrome photography even in this age of over saturated colour. I thought that it might appeal more to the older photographer who remembered the days of getting their fingers wet while watching a photograph magically appear in a dish. For some perhaps this magic has never gone away.
However the number of entries can not be down to these people and it must be the younger and newer photographers who have accepted what for them may have been a new form of image making.
There will be others who will be glad that the ‘sea of grey’ is over and that the world can return to more reality.
Like many I do not spend a great deal of time looking at every picture that appears but of the ones I have spotted it seems that some have risen to the demands of using monochrome, while others have simply used the same images as they would in colour with less success.
There is no doubt that the monochrome picture requires more thought often before it is taken. More observation of the tonal values is required and that these things do not lend easily to the casual image.
I hope it has been a useful learning experience.