It's funny, when I first started shooting photography I only shot black and white film. This had to do with the fact that I had access to a dark room and would process my negatives and photos myself. But since I purchased my digital camera, I rarely convert my photos to black and white. Despite this shift, I love the effect of the monotone as much as when I first started down this path of photography.
There have been a couple of challenges over on Flickr over the past two weeks to post process in the monotone. I like that this is getting me seeing differently as well as trying out new processing techniques.
Here are my results thus far...
As you can see, I don't have a set rule on how I process in black and white at this point. What I like is that you can vary the tones and color hues so much depending on the feeling you are trying to get across. One thing I have found and have been fairly consistent about is that I like a wee bit of texture overlaid on my b&w photos to give them a hint of 'film'.
PS I am thinking about separating my photography from my personal 'family' blog- what do you all think? The blog activity has been way down lately (not a lot of commenting, which is okay but has me wondering if "is this thing on"? and also, how different the world of blogging is now compared to when I first started.) But I don't really want to stop blogging about family because this is my journal/baby book etc. I have also been thinking about turning off the comments and just leaving it as a space for me to put my thoughts down. The idea being if people want to get in touch about a post they could email me directly?