I've also decided to work in black and white for a while, because I've acquired a new dSLR. It's a significant step for me since I had the same entry-level consumer dSLR for seven years, and now I'm using a camera that, while not full-frame because I don't fancy lugging that kind of weight or responsibility around, is still a big step up from my previous bit of kit. Using black and white forces me to see where I'm making mistakes in focus, exposure and depth of field. I find colour can distract from recognising those errors. Often a photograph that looks interesting in colour becomes extremely dull when the colour is removed, because from a technical perspective it has not been well executed. This isn't always true, of course - the whole appeal of some photographs is in the colour. But with the types of photography that I like to do, portrait and macro, the previously mentioned items are of paramount importance in creating a memorable, striking image.
So, starting with week six, here's what I've done so far. I won't post an update here every week (although I probably will in my favourite DW and LJ communities) - instead I'll do periodic updates like this one.
(The word that inspired this is agastopia, defined in the Descriptive Dictionary and Atlas of Sexology as, "a rarely used term for admiration of any particular part of the body.")
(See Week 6)
(Pretty happy with this one.)
(This one is not good technically. Overexposed, colour's wrong, the list goes on. But it's hilarious so it had to go in.)
(Depth of field is too shallow, but it was my first, er, hour or so of using the new camera!)
(Taken with the old camera.)
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