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TomNine
03-26-2008, 10:12 AM
I've been playing around with black and white images for about a year now, and they seem to get the strongest responses. Here are some from my Arnold shoots you might not have seen yet. If you have a low tolerance for soft focus mirror gazing and unlikely poses, just move along.

Part of the appeal of b&w is how it shows off vascularity, here is Kristy Hawkins demonstrating how it is done.

http://lh5.google.com/tomnine/R-obK8QTvMI/AAAAAAAAB3Y/td4b-xPOp2s/s800/DSC08366.JPG.jpg

I also like how it captures the, um, "otherness" of the subject. Here is Tara Thatcher with a dreamy look.

http://lh6.google.com/tomnine/R-obFMQTvLI/AAAAAAAAB3Q/su3nX_Yl1d8/s800/DSC08011.JPG.jpg

Sheilahe Brown, matching your gaze.

http://lh4.google.com/tomnine/R-oa5sQTvJI/AAAAAAAAB3A/xghXcJAbbQI/s800/DSC07524.JPG.jpg

Melissa Froio went right into this position and after snapping one pic I told her it wasn't working for me and I reposed her. I'm not sure what I was thinking.

http://lh3.google.com/tomnine/R-oa_cQTvKI/AAAAAAAAB3I/2kKHNFmfrdA/s800/DSC07733.JPG.jpg

If there is any interest, I might be able to dig up some more stuff.

DANISH DYNAMITE
03-26-2008, 10:17 AM
Nice shots Tom!

anglicanbeachparty
03-26-2008, 10:39 AM
I love these, Tom!


If there is any interest, I might be able to dig up some more stuff.

Yes, please! :awesome:

KMS
03-26-2008, 11:53 AM
I love love black and white shots. The only ones I will put in my bedroom anymore are in black and white. Not sure what it is that I like so much but I do.

fitmomma3
03-26-2008, 12:32 PM
B & W have such a classic look to them for physique they show awesome detail. GREAT PICTURES!

bree marsh
03-26-2008, 01:22 PM
i love those shots!!! will you be at the jr. usas? i may want to set something up with you!

KP DIVA
03-26-2008, 01:25 PM
All of those shots are beautiful!! Never thought much about black & whites..but they are definitely more appealing than color.

Badgergrl
03-26-2008, 01:46 PM
Beautiful!
I love how you used the mirror too. Nice work!

fitmomma3
03-26-2008, 02:00 PM
This is a black and white mirror shot I have that was taken by a local VERY amateur photographer who usually shoots weddings and families and its still one of my favorite shots to date!
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j303/villers5/MD-1.jpg

Badgergrl
03-26-2008, 02:05 PM
This is a black and white mirror shot I have that was taken by a local VERY amateur photographer who usually shoots weddings and families and its still one of my favorite shots to date!
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j303/villers5/MD-1.jpg

:respect:
That is gorgeous! I love it!

A-G
03-26-2008, 02:11 PM
GREAT photos, Tom! Do you find that certain colors of clothing or hair work better for B&W pics than others?

Fitmomma, that is a gorgeous pic!!!

fitmomma3
03-26-2008, 02:18 PM
Thanks girls! I think A LOT of the new colorizing is gorgeous too! Every thing's Black and White expect maybe a few things in Color... I like when its done professionally and not just the quick photoshop, you can distincly tell a difference IMO. Professionally they can just add a touch of color to maybe the lips or cheeks and everything else is B & W VERY CREATIVE and beautiful.

IslandGirl
03-26-2008, 02:36 PM
Love the B & W's Tom! You do great work!!!

Very nice Steph! I love that pic of you!

LIFTstudios
03-26-2008, 03:08 PM
Thanks for sharing those definitely more powerful pictures as B&W.

Black and whites definitely tend to get a bigger response more often than not. It often evokes more emotion and can be more dramatic.

Dark or light colors tend to show up better in photos - there is more contrast with the skin.

I enjoy working with black and white as well as with spot color. Also duo-tones can add a unique look to an image. Here's a couple examples of my work for what I'm babbling about. :drunk:

BTW Sioux I dig these avatars. LOL

Shelly
03-26-2008, 03:09 PM
i agree... those shots are gorgeous TOM!!!!

Something about b.w removes any distraction and you focus in on the athlete ONLY... not the colors involved, etc... I like that alot.

Siouxcountry
03-26-2008, 07:26 PM
Tom those are amazing shots. I am a big fan of black and white physique photos.

This is a great shot of Heather Green, Isaac!

Please share more you two. :)

Neely
03-26-2008, 07:49 PM
I LOVE B&W photos!!

NPCFigure 40
03-26-2008, 08:14 PM
Those shots are beautiful! I was never a fan of B/W shots until recently. Your pics are just beautiful. :respect:

NPCFigure 40
03-26-2008, 08:15 PM
This is a black and white mirror shot I have that was taken by a local VERY amateur photographer who usually shoots weddings and families and its still one of my favorite shots to date!
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j303/villers5/MD-1.jpg


Steph, This shot is a beautiful as you!!

ripitupbaby
03-26-2008, 09:10 PM
LOVE the black and whites. Great shots Tom and Isaac!! And Steph...that's always been one of my favorite shots of you.

I have a few of my favorite B&W shots that I will add to this thread when I get home...I am on the road for work today and tomorrow. :rolleyes:

TomNine
03-26-2008, 10:20 PM
First off, I have to say these photos do not represent my entire body of work, I am pretty much your basic "smile and make a muscle" guy-with-camera schmotographer. I like to play around with a few creative things in between biceps shots and sometimes I get a little lucky, but I'm not promoting myself as a great artist, or even a particularly skilled photographer.

i love those shots!!! will you be at the jr. usas? i may want to set something up with you!Funny you should ask that! yes, I'll be in Charleston and am just about ready to start booking shoots. If I don't get in touch with you first, drop me a note to say you are interested.

Stephanie, that's a beautiful shot. Sometimes an amateur with no background in physique photography will get the most interesting images.

GREAT photos, Tom! Do you find that certain colors of clothing or hair work better for B&W pics than others? Like Isaac says, something darker or lighter to contrast with the skin is good. I'd also say solids work better than prints, but I have some I like with prints too.

Isaac, thanks for joining in and sharing some samples. The spot colors also have a lot of impact and I've considered figuring that out.

Okay, some more samples. First 2 from the recent Arnold.

Carrie Ann Simmons, in that clingy, shiny dress:

http://lh5.google.com/tomnine/R-rCV8QTvOI/AAAAAAAAB4Y/ai0ePabY1Wk/s800/DSC08156.JPG.jpg

Betty Viana-Adkins:

http://lh5.google.com/tomnine/R-rCG8QTvNI/AAAAAAAAB4Q/daRrIZ__MEw/s800/DSC07968.JPG.jpg

And two 2007 pics of Debbie Bramwell.

At the Jr Nationals, about as off-season as she gets:

http://lh3.google.com/tomnine/R-rCycQTvPI/AAAAAAAAB4g/aggXxeEd6Ok/s800/DSC02007.JPG.jpg

And at the Masters, where she took the overall and earned her pro card:

http://lh4.google.com/tomnine/R-rEtsQTvXI/AAAAAAAAB54/hrTz0Tx_WTc/s800/debbi039.jpg

Thanks for all the kinds words and other pics, I may share some more later.

KMS
03-27-2008, 01:57 AM
Tom love the first shot in that last post. That is a fantastic photo.

jasons805
03-27-2008, 02:36 AM
Here are a few older ones I took. I used to really be into b/w photography. It was my minor in college. Now it's much harder to find b/w film with so many using digital now. I wanna get a negative reader it's like a scanner but for negatives. I have so many pictures I have never even printed. I used to focus on sports with alot of what I shoot. There are some good shots in here fun to see.
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/5237/2arp3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/6518/26429083kr0.jpg

http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/936/78836170ys2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

TomNine
03-29-2008, 04:02 AM
A few more from my archives.

Sometimes, a technical flaw in a color photo can enhance the appeal of a black and white pic. This is a nice practical aspect, taking you from a mistake to "art" in three mouse clicks or less. The next pic of Annie was badly overexposed, blowing out most of the details. Andy, her web master, liked it enough to redesign her homepage (http://www.annierivieccio.com/) around.

http://lh3.google.com/tomnine/R-rEzcQTvYI/AAAAAAAAB6E/bT4LTnaxjzU/s800/annie031.jpg

Foliage usually isn't good in B&W. the whole idea of using it in the background is to have a nice color, and in gray scale it usually just looks murky. In the below pic of Trudy Ireland I think it works to bring out a feral quality.

http://lh6.google.com/tomnine/R-rDIMQTvSI/AAAAAAAAB5Q/lncjRz0zPIs/s800/DSC06402.JPG.jpg

Amy Sibcy on the railroad tracks:

http://lh3.google.com/tomnine/R-rC5cQTvQI/AAAAAAAAB4o/PpOXqazHQMY/s800/DSC05756.JPG.jpg

But nothing works like a plain white wall and some natural light. Brenda Smith here:

http://lh4.google.com/tomnine/R-rDOsQTvTI/AAAAAAAAB5Y/VGTi22E4JWM/s800/DSC08575.JPG.jpg

SBT
03-29-2008, 04:53 AM
I LOVE black and white photos as well ;)

Steph great picture girl!!

dallas3
03-29-2008, 05:42 AM
There's just something more intimate about black and white pics that gives them a special feel.

SBT
03-29-2008, 05:59 AM
Agreed!

Shelly
03-30-2008, 04:34 PM
are some of me (shel) and betsy and i from dan ray shoot.

i luv the b/w!

ripitupbaby
03-30-2008, 04:45 PM
A few more from my archives.

Sometimes, a technical flaw in a color photo can enhance the appeal of a black and white pic. This is a nice practical aspect, taking you from a mistake to "art" in three mouse clicks or less. The next pic of Annie was badly overexposed, blowing out most of the details. Andy, her web master, liked it enough to redesign her homepage (http://www.annierivieccio.com/) around.





Tom....FABULOUS!!

ripitupbaby
03-30-2008, 05:00 PM
A couple from my shoot with Tom. These were taken in between Pre-j and Finals a Jr. Nats, and I like the way some of them don't make me look all dried out! :)

ripitupbaby
03-30-2008, 05:06 PM
And a few from Gene. :)

Shelly
03-30-2008, 05:08 PM
A few more from my archives.

Sometimes, a technical flaw in a color photo can enhance the appeal of a black and white pic. This is a nice practical aspect, taking you from a mistake to "art" in three mouse clicks or less. The next pic of Annie was badly overexposed, blowing out most of the details. Andy, her web master, liked it enough to redesign her homepage (http://www.annierivieccio.com/) around.

http://lh3.google.com/tomnine/R-rEzcQTvYI/AAAAAAAAB6E/bT4LTnaxjzU/s800/annie031.jpg

Foliage usually isn't good in B&W. the whole idea of using it in the background is to have a nice color, and in gray scale it usually just looks murky. In the below pic of Trudy Ireland I think it works to bring out a feral quality.

http://lh6.google.com/tomnine/R-rDIMQTvSI/AAAAAAAAB5Q/lncjRz0zPIs/s800/DSC06402.JPG.jpg

Amy Sibcy on the railroad tracks:

http://lh3.google.com/tomnine/R-rC5cQTvQI/AAAAAAAAB4o/PpOXqazHQMY/s800/DSC05756.JPG.jpg

But nothing works like a plain white wall and some natural light. Brenda Smith here:

http://lh4.google.com/tomnine/R-rDOsQTvTI/AAAAAAAAB5Y/VGTi22E4JWM/s800/DSC08575.JPG.jpg

Tom your work is beautiful!

TomNine
03-30-2008, 06:11 PM
are some of me (shel) and betsy and i from dan ray shoot.

i luv the b/w!The spot color effect is very eye catching. But you two don't need any help being eye catching.

A couple from my shoot with Tom. These were taken in between Pre-j and Finals a Jr. Nats, and I like the way some of them don't make me look all dried out! :)I'm glad you liked those. I struggled to make the dramatic lighting and orange tones by the wall work like I wanted, so most turned out better in b&w. Of course Gene can make anything work the way he wants it.

TomNine
03-30-2008, 06:33 PM
Here are the final four pics I set aside to share when I started this thread. I didn't expect it to get stickied, too much pressure on me!

First, a couple of off season blond IFBB pros with a white wall.

Here is Beth Roberts:

http://lh4.google.com/tomnine/R-rDAsQTvRI/AAAAAAAAB5I/kCsMUK_h_SM/s800/DSC06047.JPG.jpg

Saskia Salemink:

http://lh3.google.com/tomnine/R-rDZcQTvVI/AAAAAAAAB5o/8WQel_DohiM/s800/DSC06586.JPG.jpg

Kelly Dobbins, before we got kicked out of the Orleans Casino employees parking area:

http://lh4.google.com/tomnine/R-rDTsQTvUI/AAAAAAAAB5g/k8-iXHggHSM/s800/DSC01584.JPG.jpg

Holly Nicholson at the recent Arnold, after shooting her Bud Light commercial but before winning her class at the amateur show.

http://lh6.google.com/tomnine/R-rDfMQTvWI/AAAAAAAAB5w/u81Lk_o1Fmk/s800/DSC07207.JPG.jpg

SBT
03-30-2008, 06:39 PM
are some of me (shel) and betsy and i from dan ray shoot.

i luv the b/w!

NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!! :awesome:

SBT
03-30-2008, 06:39 PM
A couple from my shoot with Tom. These were taken in between Pre-j and Finals a Jr. Nats, and I like the way some of them don't make me look all dried out! :)

Great pics Lor!! :D

Shelly
03-31-2008, 02:08 AM
The spot color effect is very eye catching. But you two don't need any help being eye catching.

awww:kiss: Thanks Tom....

we have to shoot this season for sure:awesome:

bronxbomber
04-03-2008, 03:11 PM
hello to all, here is one i took with my sponsor star chem labs!

i like the black and white alot, they seems to kinda bring a certain mood to the pic's.lol

nice photos ladies..

Shelly
04-03-2008, 03:15 PM
hello to all, here is one i took with my sponsor star chem labs!

i like the black and white alot, they seems to kinda bring a certain mood to the pic's.lol

nice photos ladies..

wow that pic is COOL! were you really breakin that brick???

anglicanbeachparty
04-03-2008, 03:26 PM
Great pictures, Tom ...

That one of Carrie Ann (Post #21) really knocks me out. :awesome:

ripitupbaby
04-03-2008, 03:36 PM
hello to all, here is one i took with my sponsor star chem labs!

i like the black and white alot, they seems to kinda bring a certain mood to the pic's.lol

nice photos ladies..



Awesome pic!! :awesome:

Ondrea
04-04-2008, 05:03 AM
brings out the defintion in my oblique so great. wonderful pic tom!

SBT
04-04-2008, 05:14 AM
Yeah the black and white pics ROCK!!! I like this one:

(of course my obliques don't look NEARLY as good as the above :p )

brandiewilliams
10-05-2008, 03:12 AM
Gosh Tom! One of your best shots was of me and you didn't post it! Hehehe! No really, out of all the photoshoots I've done, this is by far one of my most favorite shots and mainly because it was done in b&w! I don't think it would've had the same effect if it were in color. Good eye on your part! I personally love b&w's!

Kpnufit
10-05-2008, 12:29 PM
Wow Tom! You do great work!! You don't give yourself enough credit!!
How was the Olympia??

:waving::waving::waving:

TomNine
10-05-2008, 01:00 PM
Gosh Tom! One of your best shots was of me and you didn't post it! Hehehe! No really, out of all the photoshoots I've done, this is by far one of my most favorite shots and mainly because it was done in b&w! I don't think it would've had the same effect if it were in color. Good eye on your part! I personally love b&w's!Brandie, I posted those other pics before I ever met you, but I'm glad you like that one. It's always interesting to see which images the model is drawn to; I would usually guess wrong but they tend to like the b&w.

Wow Tom! You do great work!! You don't give yourself enough credit!!
How was the Olympia??

:waving::waving::waving:Maria, I'm all about self promotion on this thread.

The Olympia is always good, plenty of shoots, plenty of people to meet, plenty of time to relax.

You are prepping for the Nationals now? I just went through SC's list and didn't see you.

TomNine
10-05-2008, 01:02 PM
While I'm here, this is a recent b&w I liked, Tracy Mason at the Masters.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/TomNine/DSC00200.jpg

ripitupbaby
10-05-2008, 01:26 PM
While I'm here, this is a recent b&w I liked, Tracy Mason at the Masters.



Gorgeous!!

:bowdown:

Alli
10-06-2008, 11:20 AM
GREAT pic Tom! Can't wait to see mine!