You would rarely find a person who does not like photographs. Photographs of people, nature and wild life attract almost everybody. With the advent of digital cameras it is now easy to catch moments in frames forever.
During the early stages, black and white photography was the only way to capture photographs. Experimentation with color photography started around 1861. Modern color photography evolved gradually.
Have you ever seen someone else’s hobby and really liked the look of it? Have you then tried the hobby but found it a bit intimidating or overwhelming? I have seen many different things like this, where people makes the most beautiful arts or crafts. The design look amazing and it sounds fun to do, but in the end I am too scared to try because I do not think I am artistic. I have taking some cookery classes, but this was to enhance my existing skills. It took my friend to push me into learning something new, to get me to realize everything I had been missing out on.
My friend and I were looking to fill up our summer with something fun. We went to the local library and looked through the community activity sheets that were being offered. There was everything under the sun; juggling classes, a Frisbee club. Then I saw one that really caught my eye: black and white photography. I have always loved photographs. I did a small amount of work experience with a photographer and absolutely loved his color photos. But there was just something about the simplistic nature of black and white photographs. I am not very skilled at taking photographs; in fact I am not skilled at all, so I approached with caution.
Historically, I ‘ve used a number of black and white films, including Ilford FP4 and Ilford Delta 100. Recently I have been using mostly Ilford’s XP2Super chromogenic film.
I use exclusively Ilford’s Multigrade IV RC printing paper – it’s reliable, consistent and I know how it behaves! (I do have some more interesting papers in the fridge, but somehow I never get around to trying them!).
Black and White Beach Photography is just one of the many subjects I love to photograph using B&W film.
My fine art work is taken with an old manual Leica rangefinder and a hand held light meter. To me this is the purest way to capture subject, light and texture.
There was a point in my life where I stood firm and stated I would never go “digital”. But as I learned more about the software and it’s capabilities, it has now become a “tool” for the final image in my creative process. My chosen software is Adobe Photoshop.