Some practice with black and white this morning. Running water is really interesting but not necessarily the easiest, nor getting it quite right for freckles. Came out well though (implied nudity, portraits)

Like I genuinely hate it. I started on 35mm b/w almost exclusively and digital just doesn't compare to how fascinating things turn out on film when it's stripped of colour.

In film it has a depth that's just not there in digital

I would strongly guess that this is (mostly?) a matter of frequency response.
(some discussion here

A b/w silver-halide film will have a some kinda frequency sensitivity that I haven't been able to find any charts of, spanning the entire visible range and a bit beyond on either end.

Whereas every digital camera I've ever seen had three sensors, each with their own much narrower sensitivity curves (although they do typically extend into ultraviolet), and when you set it to "B/W" it does some kinda averaging function; so the final response would be three sharp peaks instead of whatever "nicer" curve modern silver halide gives.


@DMN yeah I've heard that before, among other reasons. The end result is the same regardless; b/w on digital is ass.

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