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photoblog image MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 1 #4

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 1 #4

Andy

Although I have said on previous occasions I am not a lover of portrait photography I did have the opportunity back in my Club at St.Neots to take part in several studio sessions in the Clubroom and there will be a few to see in this series. I cannot remember anything about this young lady other than her name was Andy.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

 

Help - I want to buy a ND Graduated filter to use with bright skies etc.but I don't know whether to buy a value 2, 4 or 8 filter, I already have the holder and screw in attachment, any advice will be gratefully received so I don't buy the wrong kit.

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 1 #4

Andy

Although I have said on previous occasions I am not a lover of portrait photography I did have the opportunity back in my Club at St.Neots to take part in several studio sessions in the Clubroom and there will be a few to see in this series. I cannot remember anything about this young lady other than her name was Andy.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

 

Help - I want to buy a ND Graduated filter to use with bright skies etc.but I don't know whether to buy a value 2, 4 or 8 filter, I already have the holder and screw in attachment, any advice will be gratefully received so I don't buy the wrong kit.

comments (12)

Well done, nice portrait and nice expression !
I usually use a 4 filter value and I'm quite satisfied with it !
Brian Walbey: Thanks on both counts Zeb, one or two others have suggested a 4 filter is a good compromise.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 15 Jan 2009, 02:01
It almost looks like a painting, Brian! Very nice.

(Wish I could help you on the filter but I don't have a clue!)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, I hope the lady herself has weathered the passing of time as well as my photograph.
A very fine portrait Brian. Can't help with the filter - sorry
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, a few people have made suggestions about the filter.
Got a very retro feel to this ... I like it. richard

Got loads of coffee filters ... any good? ;-) richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, it is retro, early 1970's. I've actually got plenty of coffe and others filters, magazine freebies over the years.
  • Chad Doveton
  • location location location.
  • 15 Jan 2009, 07:34
I can't help with technical stuff, Brian. Good portrait.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad, a few others have offered some advice on the filter front.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jan 2009, 10:05
How looks and fashions have changed since the 1970s! I wonder what she's doing now? Nice natural looking portrait. I suppose you should go for the middle filter - I think I bought a no 4 but it's gathering dust in a drawer as it's far too much hassle battling with the silly holder!
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ingrid, I wonder if she has weathered as good as my print. Thanks re the filter, other advice besides yours seem to point to the no.4.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jan 2009, 11:13
You made a good job of this portrait Brian. I do not do techno stuffsmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Tracy.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jan 2009, 12:15
I'm not into portraiture photography either, but this looks a fine cometent shot. My one suggestion would be to widen the crop to include the hat or get the model to remove her hat.

As regards the filter, have a look at this: http://www.great-landscape-photography.com/graduated-filters.html
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, as I've said I'm not into portraits nowadays either. I have read and downloaded from the link and will probably go for a no.4, many thanks.
No expert on ND filters I'm afraid Brian, although I bet blackdog could help you! Like the portrait
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, several others have offered advice re the filter, I will now mull things over before buying yet another photographic toy to play with!
This is a very nice portrait Brian.
Sorry but I can't help with the filter.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Richard.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2009, 19:06
Nice work Brian, my wife tells me im hopeless at people shots, pity of it all is that shes rite lol
Brian Walbey: I'm sure your pictures of her have done your wife proud over the years Zed, thanks for your comment.
This is an excellent portrait. I can't do people shots either - I suppose I should find a willing victim and practice.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Jim, I have only really ever done this sort of thing at camera clubs, other than family pictures which are more snapshots I suppose.

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