In this exercise I am tasked to take 30 colour images and 30 black-and-white images in a street photography style and then comment on the two formats. I prepared my shoot by first making a list in a small note-book of ideas for composition which helped motivate and provide aims and objectives. I set about altering the settings in my camera for JPEG and familiarizing the setting between monochrome and colour. I altered ISO settings from auto to manual throughout the shoot and I did the same for white balance and the shooting modes (manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority). I used just one lens a 24-120mm zoom f/4, hand-held, no flash.
I am using a DSLR and would normally take my pictures in RAW and process them through Lightroom. However, for this exercise I feel that to do this properly I must work as if I have only colour or black-and-white film in my camera. Moreover, it would add to the challenge if I limit my shots to 36 each, the most from a reel of 35mm film. So for this exercise I set my camera to JPEG, Fine, and made 36 images set to Monochrome and 36 images set to Colour – Vivid.
I find working with a DSLR on the street to be very awkward. The camera is heavy and bulky and it is difficult to take candid shots because as soon as you lift the camera to your eye people become aware of you. Moreover, I had an incident when a busy-body manager from the local Mall came out and tried to interfere with me working outside in the street but he backed down immediately when I told him that I knew my law. I am sure that if I was using a smaller camera or a mobile-phone I would have been left alone and ironically would probably have been able to work in the Mall without anyone taking any notice.
Black and white
Out of 36 shots some I duplicated to get the correct exposure and some didn’t come out as I was experimenting with times exposures.
As with the black and white images, I made some duplicates to try to improve on the colour or composition. I would have liked to have been able to have taken some of my colour images inside my local Shopping Mall to make use of the white balance feature for lighting effects but I was told that I wasn’t permitted to use my camera inside the Mall.
My preference has to be monochrome, I personally found this a more challenging and rewarding medium for this project.
Remaining monochrome images that made up my 36 image limit.
Remaining colour images taken that made up my 36 image limit.