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    Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    Please forgive this post for two reasons as follows:

    1. I "chimped" the image to determine composition and cropping. This subject will be shot and processed analog.

    2. It will be shot with a 4x5 camera but with a 6x12cm RFB because I can't see the logic in shooting 4x5 and cropping that much.

    I know this isn't a great composition but at least there's a poignant visual message.

    Just ONE question: Color or B&W or both? I would shoot Ektar 100 for color and TMX 100 for B&W with medium red or deep yellow filter because I want the contrast between the high voltage tower and power lines against the sky to be obvious..

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    Re: Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    If you can photograph on an ominously cloudy day, then B+W with orange filter.

    If you photograph at sunrise or sunset and can incorporate the warm light, then colour.
    All about the film!

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    Re: Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    Always B&W

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    Re: Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankS View Post
    If you can photograph on an ominously cloudy day, then B+W with orange filter.

    If you photograph at sunrise or sunset and can incorporate the warm light, then colour.
    What you see is nearly the latest I can shoot and still have light on the front of the building... maybe another thirty minutes? The positive side to waiting until the last few minutes before losing light on the front of the building are... better color contrast, better textural contrast and a longer shadow in front of the building ti help isolate it against the rest of the image components. Unfortunately, any later in the day will throw shadow on the front of the building.

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    Re: Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    Quote Originally Posted by evan clarke View Post
    Always B&W
    Orange, yellow or red filter... IYO?

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    Re: Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    It'd be a nice scene for my infrared DSLR. Especially if there were a few puffy clouds.

    Which would be better depends on the intended use. If it's personal, do both.

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    Re: Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    Quote Originally Posted by jp View Post
    It'd be a nice scene for my infrared DSLR. Especially if there were a few puffy clouds.

    Which would be better depends on the intended use. If it's personal, do both.
    Hmm... maybe Ilford SFX 200 with a Wratten #29 or #70? If the live oak leaves lighten enough that might separate the building from the trees. OTOH, a red or orange filter would definitely increase the separation with pan film.

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    Re: Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    Quote Originally Posted by TAG View Post
    Color. It seems to make the contrast between the old barn and modern electricity more apparent to me.
    I think it's the color contrast between the reddish building and the trees and sky. The building color contrasts everything else in the image... not as much the dead grass in the foreground though. My worry is that even Ektar 100 won't give enough color contrast unless it's drum-scanned and digitally manipulated. I wanted to try and stay full analog but that may not be feasible with this image.

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    Re: Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    Hmm... maybe Ilford SFX 200 with a Wratten #29 or #70? If the live oak leaves lighten enough that might separate the building from the trees. OTOH, a red or orange filter would definitely increase the separation with pan film.
    Buildings are usually dark and foliage light with IR. The pole and wires would be contrasty with dark areas. Red might get you some of the way there without being too abstract.

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    Re: Which Of These Shots Do You Like - B&W or Color?

    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    I know this isn't a great composition but at least there's a poignant visual message.
    What is this message exactly?
    If it is so poignant, why does the format matter?
    And if the format matters why does the color/BW matter?

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