I have been taking photographs for many years. When I first started I used a Minolta X300s and print film then I moved on to Canon gear EOS1000FN and started using slide film. Black and white film was a big mystery to me I had never heard of Ilford HP5 until I learned about it from a friend of mine. When I did try it I liked it immediately but the results were not that great. After all I was a photographer not a printer, I had no idea what to do in a darkroom.
Now all that has changed. What I do now is take the image on a digital camera upload it to the computer and convert to black and white easy. The image below took a little more work than that, but was kind of half and half. The image was taken on a Mamiya C300 TLR (a 50 year old camera) with slide film and then scanned and converted to back and white on a computer.
Taken on a Mamiya C330 TLR. Glen Etive, Scotland.
The results of all that work and following some rules of composition has produced not a bad effort in a B+W conversion. Here I have used the rule of thirds and leading lines to draw the viewers eye to the old broken down pier. It just goes to show that you don’t need all the latest gear to get a good shot and with a basic camera and some knowledge of photography you can get a shot that will stand on it’s own.
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