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A Veritable Feast of Photography
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:22:22 AM »
Whilst preparing a few notes for a talk about James Ravilious, one of my favourite B+W photographers, I stumbled across this, which comprises a goodly selection of his work.

If anyone strives to become just a little adept at producing quality B+W photographs spend an hour or two having a look at and studying one of the masters of the genre.
Everything that B+W should be.

In addition the subject matter tells you that here we have a man that understands people and their environment.

If you don't enjoy these stunning images, sell your equipment and take up knitting!

http://www.beaford-arts.org.uk/archive/index.php

To view the whole archive press the button in the right hand top corner at the end of each slide show.

What is your view of the images?
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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2015, 09:56:41 AM »
He's always been one of my favourites too. I really enjoyed the documentary about him that was on some time ago. I seem to recall he was very fussy about his camera and equipment, modifying it with bits of tape and such like. He definitely wouldn't have agreed that the camera makes no difference . . just saying!
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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2015, 10:38:25 AM »
Thanks for posting this and highlighting the photographer.
Ive enjoyed looking at the shots.
One thing stands out for me is that he handles the lighting situations superbly, some of which imho would be tricky for modern sensors.
He also brings out a lot of expressions and emotions from his subjects yet they remain natural (if that makes sense ?)

Made me think, how would I have composed or shot same situation.
For example the Floral Dance shot.
http://www.beaford-arts.org.uk/archive/image.php?id=JR0637-39&q=Environment+Recreation&o=0&t=174&n=12

On first viewing. Most people would look at this and start cropping or cloning the car rhs, plus perhaps a crop of the sky top right corner, but when I look again I am drawn into and held on the expressions of the ladies dancing. This tells me what he was trying to capture and display meaning the areas I mention for edit are really unimportant.
Perhaps a lesson to all there in this over critical world we live in.
There again I am only expressing my take and that may sound complete bollocks to some.

Anyways, will enjoy further viewing of these shots.
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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2015, 11:52:29 AM »
He seemed to favour bright sunlight. Lots of beautiful contre jour images, and also lots of highlights that, in my opinion, do not seem to hold much detail. This could be my eye sight though. I think I would have tried to tone them (the highlights) down a bit.
Would I have been wrong?

All in all, a collection that makes me want to go out there now, and take photographs. Sadly, practicalities, like cold, windy, grey and sleety weather, and a running washing machine put the stoppers on that.
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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2015, 12:58:03 PM »
He's always been one of my favourites too. I really enjoyed the documentary about him that was on some time ago. I seem to recall he was very fussy about his camera and equipment, modifying it with bits of tape and such like. He definitely wouldn't have agreed that the camera makes no difference . . just saying!

The sticky tape he used was to modify his design of lens hood. A great deal of his work was contre-jour and when using old type lenses on a Leica he needed to obviate the occurence of flare in his pictures, since an appropriate hood was not available.

His metod of B+W working and the results that he achieved was the result of the manipulation of film and developer combinations that ended up with a particularly contrasty negative that gave  juicy blacks that retained a good deal of detail in the shadows.

Reinardina.

All his images show the full tonal range, pure white to a dense black, the thing that is important in a good B+W image. The use of a warm tone in all of his prints gives them that extra ooomph. It almost looks as if there is perhaps a slight duotone effect.


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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2015, 01:28:23 PM »
Interesting Abers - maybe I remember it incorrectly, but in my minds eye I see his widow hold one of his Leicas with tape all over it, not just on the lens hood, explaining how he was obsessive about stopping any kind of reflective surfaces b*ggering up the ambient light. and how it had to be Leica, nothing else would do.
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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2015, 02:13:16 PM »
Reinardina.

All his images show the full tonal range, pure white to a dense black, the thing that is important in a good B+W image. The use of a warm tone in all of his prints gives them that extra ooomph. It almost looks as if there is perhaps a slight duotone effect.


And that is where I lose out. I cannot see the total tonal range.
This often causes difficulties with editing, as I can see the extremes when I use sliders, but the subtle in between changes, I can hardly see, so it is often guess work.
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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2015, 02:50:31 PM »
He seemed to favour bright sunlight. Lots of beautiful contre jour images, and also lots of highlights that, in my opinion, do not seem to hold much detail. This could be my eye sight though. I think I would have tried to tone them (the highlights) down a bit.
Would I have been wrong?

All in all, a collection that makes me want to go out there now, and take photographs. Sadly, practicalities, like cold, windy, grey and sleety weather, and a running washing machine put the stoppers on that.

I often wonder about the higher end in lots of photographs where as you say some of the detail does often look as though it has been lost. I guess in hard print (rather than displayed on backlit PC screens) the reality of the finer higher tones would be in full glory.

That said, I also have poor eyesight and perhaps on screen the 'higher end' glares to much   :-\ even though I wear  8) prescription reactolites.

Some nice shots - thanks for sharing Alan
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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2015, 03:43:48 PM »
I know this part of the world. For a number of years I used to go carp fishing at lakes close by Hathersleigh. Each Tuesday morning we would visit Hathersleigh market where a poultry sale would be held. I was always fascinated by the locals that would attend, either those bringing fowl to sell or to buy.

Not wishing to remotely compare my efforts with those of Mr Ravilious, here's three that try to capture the atmosphere of the event. Note the auctioneer's syrup! :o





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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2015, 12:51:21 AM »
Here is another you may enjoy
http://www.ianmacdonald.co.uk/index.php
http://www.fluidr.com/photos/nosmo_king2007
http://www.seateamimages.com/search.php
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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2015, 09:50:59 AM »
Here is another you may enjoy
http://www.ianmacdonald.co.uk/index.php

Thanks for that AF. Another B+W  worker that would have slipped through our ken were it not for CC.

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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2015, 09:59:43 AM »
Enjoyed both links and the interesting comments about how he achieved them.

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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2015, 12:07:43 PM »
I am glad I visited this thread.
Ive decided this week whilst out and about with the camera I will have my Black and White glasses on.
Might need a lot of thought as I intend to be over the moor tops and perhaps a couple of villages, but at  this time of year there will not be many people about.
Sheep in greyscale could be an option or perhaps my car stuck in the snow :P
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Re: A Veritable Feast of Photography
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2015, 12:36:57 PM »
Snow, always a test of exposure skills, especially in B+W. Good luck!

 

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