Sights, Sounds and.....People of Chicago (part 6 of some unknown number)

by Camellia Staab October. 21, 2020 436 views

Full disclosure..... I am not a B&W photographer/person!

To me beauty is in color!!

But occasionally,..... you know......one has to expand oneself......one has to get out of ones' comfort zone......so you know b&w needs to be experimented with....

I processed these photos in color and then, on a whim, I thought of Peter , who is an avid monochrome lover, and switched all the photos to B&W.

As most photographers know b&w/monochrome photos bring attention to the subject and take away all other distractions; whereas color brings everything in a photo up front.

Since this was done on a whim, I did not do much processing,.... that is to change the hue or tone or whatever it needed for each specific capture, to bring out the subject, bottom "line it is what it is"

Truth be known...this guy's expression was the best and for me color it was perfect but seeing I chose mono chrome.....he remained mono.

This one was dressed in full red suit. I mean Red, Red, which made him stand out but.......since I am doing mono, that's where we are.......which would you have preferred?

Now that we are done with the set up.....here's another full disclosure...... had I really thought this through.......I would have not gone with this tone /shade of b&w ...it looks rather BLAH! Don't you think? 😊😉

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Leon Linder 1 week ago

I was told by a young semi-pro photographer that OLD photographers prefer color and young photographers prefer B/W. Guess your young spirits are coming out and since I liked these it is because you make me feel youthful or just an old fart’s wishing he was young again. Good job either way. smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Leon Linder 6 days, 23 hours ago

Thank you Leon. Can't say it is my preference, somehow color lightens my spirits while b&w does the opposite. But one can not box themselves, always need to try something new to keep things rolling, otherwise life become mundane.

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Brian Scott 3 weeks ago

Well, I like them, look great just as they are, in my humble ... etc smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Brian Scott 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your feed back.

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David Nurse 1 month, 1 week ago

Great set of images. I love the mono style, just great.

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Camellia Staab Replied to David Nurse 3 weeks ago

Thank you David smile

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 1 week ago

Nice candid shots. 
I'm always keen to see shots of folks just going about their normal business, unposed.....
Unfortunately, so many folks I've seen out in public, these daze, seem less than joyful.......

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 3 weeks ago

I so agree with you Jay :(

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Hope all this misery evaporates, sooner rather than later.......

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Brett Johnson 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I like the tone, B&W conversion, looks great to me.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Brett Johnson 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback Brett smile

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Glad you venture in monochrome, it means you keep an open mind. I love #12 it is a good photo, the eyes light up in the dark. If his feet were completly in the picture it would be very good. Editwise, yes you could have choosen another style. A bit morelively, some I find a bit dark, but that is just looking for an edit that works for you and that you feel happy with. All my monochromes are almost edited in the same way. The trafficwarden, I would keeo in B&W, the red can d to much and takes away from the photo.I enjoyed this set. Well done

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 weeks ago

Thank you Peter, your comments are always appreciated. Sorry for the delay in the response, so how this one slip by me .

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Björn Roose 1 month, 2 weeks ago

For street photography I go with B&W if there's not too much in the background, if the lighting is very good, in short: if the subject is clearly separated from what is around it. And that is not easy in an urban setting. #12 and #19 are perfect in B&W. As for the rest: I'd like to see them in colour before judging finally smile

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