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Group Description

Only your BEST black and white photos (NO COLOR & NO FRAMES) taken with the Sony Alpha or Konica Minolta DSLR Cameras.
Also discussion about shooting black and white with these cameras and black and white photography in general.
Please do not post any color in the image at all here. No tinting other than VERY basic and VERY minimal selenium style tone to images. (And really? Do you need to do that? The great black and white photographers didn't really do that at all or very much!)
No borders or frames. Not even a thin black line. Just the image in its pure form. Please delete and replace your framed images with just the image ASAP.
Please do not post overly repetitive or similar images here. One is enough.
This group is interested in images that are converted to black and white. No superimposition of typography/fonts over the images is permitted. This includes your name/company in any font or hand written or any kind of type on the image. No matter how small.
Plug ins for Aperture, Photoshop, etc. for conversion, manipulation, and mimicking film types and grain can also be the topic of discussion. Using Nik Silver Efex Pro and any other color to black and white image converters can also be topics for discussion. Some software, like Silver Efex, also allows the exporting of styles - which could be posted and shared.
Please do not post other images you have taken with other cameras such as film cameras.
This is really only about the art of black and white photography on the Alpha systems, digitally. Only post your best and EDIT!

Group Rules

I agree to only post MY BEST black and white greyscale images shot on the Sony Alpha lens system and bodies. Older Minolta AF and Konica Minolta AF lenses are OK too. If you have adapted a manual lens to the Alpha mount, that is fine too.
Please do not post images shot with other cameras.
Please do not post duplicate or nearly duplicate images. Just one of the best of that identical series you took of, whatever it was. We only want to see that one best shot of the chrome tubes on a building, a landscape, your old aunt's portrait, or your girlfriend. Actually, we don't want to see any of those as they have all been done to death!
No superimposition of typography/fonts over the images is permitted. This includes your name/company in any font or hand written or any kind of type on the image.
No color in any image at all. Desaturated color images are not black and white. No color tinting. A light sepia/selenium type of toning across entire image in even amount is fine. No toning to excess. No pink, blue, or other color toning.
I also agree to not post any HDR. HDR is discouraged in general except to enable better exposure in areas of an image. Read up on Ansel Adams to understand it better.
Keep the contrast under control in images. Too high (or low) a contrast in the wrong image indicates you need to read up on setting contrast for black and white images.
This is about black and white images and the art of taking black and white images.

Additional Info

  • Members can post 2 things to the pool each month.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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