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Tuesday, 22 May 2018


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Stan Banos without a comment! The world must be coming to an end lol.

Thanks for including my photo in the It Must Be Color baker's dozen Mike! If anyone is interested in the details: It was taken back when I was still shooting Canon - a 5D Mark II, f/6.3, ISO400 using the EF70-200mm f/4 IS USM lens. One of my favorite L lenses in the Canon line.
I recall seeing her and thinking of the Rolling Stones song for the title:
She's A Rainbow.

It must be in colour (my added emphasis). I work mostly in B&W, and the question I ask when my personal creative advisor says this in relation to my own images is: why? What this series has demonstrated to me is that there's no single answer to that question. At least there isn't for many images - if you take the colour away and there's not much of interest left, the answer is obviously yes - but there are plenty of images that work well in either genre, including in this series. My question remains: why "must"?

I think in many cases "must" really means "I prefer". It's a statment about which aspect of the image is important to the viewer - colour or tones. Which is valid. Each photographer is entitled to make that call in relation to their own images, and as Ken Tanaka said in the 'My Take on Emma' thread, this is Mike's forum and he decides which images he thinks are likely to best meet the "must be in colour" theme. But I suggest that we need to be honest with ourselves and admit that "must" is often just a statement about preference, rather than a literal statement.

But even a die-hard, monochrome tragic like me has to concede that sometimes an image must be in colour, because that's how I prefer that particular image. Not often, but sometimes. If I had shot 'Emma', I'd be torn. I'd print both and hang them in different rooms.

I think the first image might even be ironic in black and white, but the others really sing because of the colour.

I admit that one of the things I look for when wandering the streets with a camera is some interesting interplay of colours, especially when it contrasts with the surroundings.

As our not-so-'umble (shades of Uriah Heep!)Ed is so often at pains to explain to his readers (most of whom he seems to believe are inadequately educated), the term 'Baker's Dozen' stands for thirteen units of something. It apparently sprang from a precautionary measure taken by bakers to avoid penalization on account of short weight delivery in respect of a dozen loaves of bread.
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A little exposure to British / European history can often unveil the strangest of traditions. If I remember correctly, our Ed was recently looking into the Oliver Cromwellian interregnum.
~ Subroto Mukerji, New Delhi, India

Good choice, Mike. You certainly have the "eye" for choosing these images.

Mark's image stands out for me as I can't imagine losing the impact of that hair in full and glorious color.

Appreciate the print offer for "The Goodbye Kiss". Thanks...

Steve Jacobs’s remark on Stan Banos’s image gave me a grin and a further idea. What if its graffiti’ed words “BLue” and “RED” were painted in transposed colors? Now that would be a great example of “it must be color”!

Curious... A coupla years back, I had a B&W photo published here that prominently featured a Ginormous American flag behind the main subject. At least one person commented that it should have been in color, which I think would have turned it into one gaudy Technicolor extravaganza. Now, after 40 years of shooting exclusively in B&W, I've finally made the digital/color plunge. Although most of my rectangular images continue to be B&W photos with color added, I would not have bothered shooting this in B&W, for same said reasons Mike stated. Shooting these minimalist walled squares that rely heavily on color (shot mostly with my everyday GR) have opened up a whole new way of seeing that I've always wanted to address.

I'm a sucker for wildlife photography. I love Mikes image and his comment about, "the evocation of a memory related to the photo, which means nothing to anyone else."

Editor Mike's counter-arguing comment on the graffiti reminded me of something similar I've seen...somewhere. As I recall, it was another photo of graffiti and the original block letter graffiti said "REJECT AUTHORITY". The secondary script graffiti said, "Don't tell me what to do".

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