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01/26/2008 06:04:27 AM · #1
This is the official posting thread, so please read this before you start posting.

B&W 2008 Side challenge
A Photo a week


1) One B&W image each week. This is not mandatory, but consistency will be good for those submitting photos and those commenting.
2) B&W images – other “alternative” B&W is allowed, but we really want to keep the focus on straight B&W.
3) Image formatted to a standard ratio for common printing (like 4x6,5x7,8x10). This is not a hard & fast rule.
4) Have fun, learn something, teach something, and share comments. This is where it is at for me. We could do our own separate projects, but doing it together makes it more enjoyable.

Some extra thoughts…

It is best if you can post your images in your DPC portfolio. It is easier to view and comment on the image, resulting in more of both.

With a little more than 50 participants, there will about 50 images a week to view (I always was good at math). Make an effort to comment creatively. Please read this thread and tutorial:

Commenting Thread

Commenting Tutorial

"Alternative B&W" is a term I invented this week to refer to all the images you see in a B&W challenge but are not really B&W, like partial desaturation, selective desaturation, sepias, duotones, etc.

In the interest of learning and teaching, please take the time to post your camera settings, put some comments about your own image as well as post processing details. This will help give insight into the process and story behind each image.

One year is a long time and life happens. So, do not feel bad if you drop out for a week or two. Let's look out for each other. If you notice someone fading away, send them a PM and drop them some words of encouragement.

Here are some other helpful tutorials:
Tutorial on B&W Conversion
Tutorial on Dodging and Burning
Guidelines for Giving and Receiving Feedback
All DPC Tutorials

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Message edited by author 2008-01-30 16:50:39.
01/26/2008 06:05:04 AM · #2

First photo...
01/26/2008 08:06:44 AM · #3

Notes are filled out with technical info and processing info.

21.gif Aguapreta - thanks so much for doing this - I'm really looking forward to it!
01/26/2008 08:12:19 AM · #4

Week 1

I hope it's not too late to get in???

tighter with a yellow tint.

Message edited by author 2008-01-27 14:03:47.
01/26/2008 08:21:50 AM · #5
My first


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01/26/2008 08:32:54 AM · #6
Photo LG-1
Week 4

I put notes on why I shot this image and my ideas about the image in the image file.

01/26/2008 10:09:23 AM · #7
A welcome to 21.gif SherwinJames and 21_N.gif Pawdrix who will be joining us on the side challenge.

Great to have you both along. There are some stunning images in these two portfolios. Take a look if you never have.

Message edited by author 2008-01-26 10:13:14.
01/26/2008 10:12:54 AM · #8
638008.jpg Week #1

I took my little Joy to the Raptor Center @ GSU twice this week, and met these ladies in the gift shop, the ladies in charge. I explained what we were doing to Stephanie (Ivory) and Brandi (Ebony), then I asked if I might take their portrait. (I gave them a card so they could see my credentials on-line.)

I said, "Since we are starting a Black & White photo post per week, I think it only fitting that I highlight the amazing social transformation that has occurred during my lifetime. I would like my first 'Black & White' post to be 'Ebony & Ivory'." As you can see, thankfully they were completely willing to participate...

Thank You in advance for the things that I will learn from every commenter on this side challenge! In advance I ask for your longsuffering and grace as I begin to "spin this new plate," if there is some unwritten social rule that posters are supposed to comment as often as they post or suffer from social demerits (i.e. "Scratch my back & I will scratch yours!",) then I am not sure that I can hold up my end of the deal in the Commentary Department (I am the work-from-home Daddy of a four-year-old little girl who is quite verbal.) I will try, but I confess to being easily distracted right now,...if you know what I mean.

Now that the mundane is out-of-the-way, to the fun part...I am really glad to be here! Black & White photos are great! :)

P.S. - I uploaded my process to my portfolio here at DPC, and I have a page at PhotoBlog for any & all interested parties. Ebony & Ivory @ Photoblog.com!

Message edited by author 2008-02-23 18:17:05.
01/26/2008 10:26:36 AM · #9

01/26/2008 10:58:40 AM · #10

My second trip to the abandoned sugar beet warehouse and factory. This is a detail of the door leading to the part of the structure formerly being used as an auto body shop. it too is now abandoned again.
01/26/2008 11:32:47 AM · #11
Week 1
Winter Treat in Texas :)
01/26/2008 12:10:21 PM · #12
01/26/2008 12:25:28 PM · #13
Mill Reflection - Harrisville NH
01/26/2008 12:54:26 PM · #14
Mystic Draw Bridge - Mystic CT
01/26/2008 03:01:02 PM · #15
I may end up doing a lot of nature hike photos. Enjoy!

01/26/2008 03:13:22 PM · #16
Welcome to 21_N.gif undieyatch and 21_N.gif e301 who will be posting along during this side challenge.

Great to have you along.
01/26/2008 04:13:54 PM · #17
01/26/2008 10:15:38 PM · #18

Week 1
01/26/2008 11:04:01 PM · #19
Week 1
01/27/2008 12:57:46 AM · #20
01/27/2008 01:52:28 AM · #21
Week 1:

01/27/2008 10:28:01 AM · #22
01/27/2008 10:43:12 AM · #23
Week 1


Message edited by author 2008-01-27 10:47:06.
01/27/2008 11:00:14 AM · #24
20 images posted and I'd like to say the standard is pretty darn good. I signed up for this side challenge as a way to learn how to improve my B&W photography and find myself amidst a groups of experts - after a year of these images I wonder what standard we'll all be at?
01/27/2008 11:18:02 AM · #25
i'm gonna cheat and start with a shot i have posted in the current "where you live challenge"
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