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    Maxby Chan is an Administrator of PhotoMalaysia who is very passionate about his photography. Maxby has always been willing to unselfishly share his considerable photography experience with members of PhotoMalaysia. He regularly conducts film developing and printing courses, working hard to try and keep interest alive in this rapidly disappearing art. He says there is a real possibility that film photography will slowly fade into obscurity as the old school Black and White film photographers move on into that great studio in the sky.

    Black and White has a special appeal for Maxby. He says that in this digital age, many unknowing photographers tend to simply convert a picture that has failed in colour into Black and White. This will never result in a great Black and White photo because a B&W must start life intended as a B&W. You need a special eye to see pictures in Black and White. When you take away colour from a frame, the modulation of tone assumes critical importance. Which means you must think in Black and White at the point of shooting, and not as an afterthought, because you can never make a failed colour picture work in Black and White. In the absence of colour, Maxby says form, shapes, edge, and textures acquire more meaning. You need to think in those terms if you want to produce a great Black and White photo. And of course shooting is only have the challenge, because you will need many years of experience in the dark room to acquire the skill to print the perfect Black and White photo. Fortunately for us in the digital age, modern post processing software is allowing us a range and delicacy of control that also with practice, you can to a degree, emulate what the wet print dark room experts took years to master.

    Reproduced below are some samples of Maxby's work in Black and White....

    Yosemite Falls
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    Mirror Lake
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    Half Dome
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    Part of Merced River
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    Wenchang Hutong, near the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. A Hutong is a narrow alley with courtyard houses of distinctive Chinese architecture
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    Wenchang Hutong
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    Tea Estate in Cameron Highlands
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    Bull Run or Pacu Jawi in Sumatra shot during CB6
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    Maxby also shoots in colour. Here's a pic shot at Antelope Canyon
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    Last edited by digitalartist; 13-12-2010, 02:26 PM.
    Yusuf Hashim

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    Re: Black & White Master, Maxby Chan

    Here is one of the street shots I did at Kuche, China. A timely shot of a small child smiling and sheltered by his parents in the rain. It was autumn and the temperature has dropped to below 10 degC.

    This shot was taken at the Kuche market very near the Kuqa Great Mosque. The woman on the right was carrying coal to be loaded onto the truck. Coal is the most common fuel source for cooking and heating there.

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    Maxby has a facebook too

    PhotoSafari - each experience is a different


    • #3
      Golden slot


      • #4
        First photo is quite pretty!