Leica M7 – Kodak Tri-x 400 with B+W red filter

If you like black and white photography, I’d like to recommend you to use analog film instead of digital B&W conversion. I didn’t know this until I started using black and white films.

With digital photography, if you convert color photo to black and white, you get crystal clear black and white photos but somehow it’s boring after some time as if photo has no personality. But with black and white film, you get rough feeling depending on types of film and fine grain on top of it. Film grain adds personality component in the photo in my opinion.

Since I realized this I started using black and white dedicated film as opposed to digitally converted black and white photos.

Furthermore, there is a number of ways to add more fun into film B&W photography. Using red/yellow/green filter makes B&W photos more fun. Especially with red filter, you could have more contrast which I prefer in the B&W photos.

 

Leica M7, Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 FLE | Kodak Tri-x 400 film
Leica M7, Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 FLE | Kodak Tri-x 400 film

 

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Leica M10, Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH

 

Don’t get me wrong. I do like digitally converted black and white photos. But with film grain, high contrast image from Kodak Tri-X 400 film. I would use film more than digital as long as my resources allow.

 

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