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    India - B&W or Color

    Going to India (Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Dehli) for a couple weeks. Will be carrying a Perkeo II and a Plaubel Makina 67 with me throughout the trip. I typically only shoot B&W, but wonder if the subject matter lends itself more to color. If you've photographed there, would you recommend:

    (1) loading the PM67 with Portra 400 (my favorite color film) and the Perkeo with TMax 400 (favorite BW film);
    (2) forgetting about color and focusing on normal vs. low light ranges by loading one with TMY2 at 320 and the other with Delta3200 at 1600;
    (3) something different (preferably not thread-jacking different).

    Thanks so much for your help.

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    you'd regret not shooting a bit of colour in india.
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    I have shot there, and I think it depends on your objective. As travel photography goes, India without colour would be senseless, but it works in B and W for documentary. If you look at my galleries you should see some examples....particularly from the I Am A Tamil series. I shot both, with B and W as my main film type. Rgds, Kal
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    Kal's stuff is very strong (I remember his Tamil series well) and between his view and those of friends who've travelled many times there, seems like you'd be well placed to bring some colour.

    That's what I'm going with, also, as I'm headed nearby (Nepal) in just a few days!
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    I think if there's one country on earth you'd want to bring color film to it would be India.

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    Thanks guys. Kal, very nice work. Colin, enjoy the trip. I hope to go to Nepal someday as well. Hopefully with much time and a 4x5 kit.
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    Check out Guillaume Zuili's work from India in black and white. Not sure it would have been better in color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by labyrinth photo View Post
    you'd regret not shooting a bit of colour in india.
    I don’t regret it.

    here is what I imaged over there. http://www.clarkbeckerphotography.com/india/

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    If you have never been to India, I think that it would be a mistake to exclude yourself from the option of colour.

    Take extra film, and let the photographic opportunities help you make your decision.
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    It's difficult to see in BW and in color at the same time or switch as opportunities come by. I've done it formy Last Cuba series and it worked but it killed my focus a bit.
    Having shot exclusively kodachrome in 2009 and 2010, I can tell you it was a delight. I developedca sharp vision for colors and forms while BW called for moments instead.

    For India, i think I'd go exclusively color. Look At McCurry's work.

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