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    Why B&W Forum is 4x More Active than the Color Forum?

    B&W is so easy, compared with color processing and printing. I'll be interested in figuring out what people are discussing

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    Because black and white film is better than color. *Everyone* knows that.

    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    No, there is no such thing of one technology better than the other one.
    I was thinking at this stage of film photography, BW is more accessible and attracts more audience. It is harder to set up darkroom for color photo work. It costs about $200 to set up a BW darkroom. But it costs much more for color, from chemical to processor.

    So the popularity.

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    They need to make a way for sarcasm to be better transmitted through the intertubes...
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    Actually I get bored with BW and want to move on to tackle color. It is harder and requires more resource.
    No flame, I still like BW. But I feel that I'm missing a lot of things just with BW. Not much can compare to color slides.

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    I actually prefer black and white and sometimes find color images distracting. But, as with everything, to each his/her own.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    Room temp colour printing is dead easy, yes the outlay form chems is more, the paper is about half the cost, and colour enlargers are dirt cheap.

    Now if you have a problem judging the colour balance of a print, then yes it would be a royal pain.
    Bob

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    You almost never do color printing in open trays. You need to invest a film/print processor. Also, by not doing in the open tray, it takes some of the enjoyment away from printing photos. You can't see the images coming up.

    As to the enlarger, all enlargers can do B&W, but only the color head can do color printing. You can argue that any BW enlargers can do color printing with proper filters, but clearly that is a pain to do that.

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    I hate to state the obvious but has it occured to you that there is 4 times as much interest in B+W on this forum than colour? If it were the other way round colour would be 4 times more active than B+W. It's that simple. It isn't something that needs to be ANALaysed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSun View Post
    You almost never do color printing in open trays. You need to invest a film/print processor. Also, by not doing in the open tray, it takes some of the enjoyment away from printing photos. You can't see the images coming up.

    As to the enlarger, all enlargers can do B&W, but only the color head can do color printing. You can argue that any BW enlargers can do color printing with proper filters, but clearly that is a pain to do that.
    Many of the colour printers here do use open trays and room temperature - including a certain Photo Engineer.

    And there are lots of used colour heads around (many of which are being used with B & W variable contrast paper).

    There is more discussion here about B & W because there are more people who come here who want to discuss B & W than almost all other internet resources.

    And individual colour filters are surprisingly easy to use, although I don't really want to go back to them.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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