Sure the images are monochromatic but as I edit them a snow storm is blowing outside. It seemed appropriate to not use color. It adds a sense of drama to the images.
On a technical note, the Sony RX100M3 files have a bad habit. I will do perspective adjustments in Lightroom and when I bring them into Photoshop my perspective adjustments are gone. While both programs are supposed to have Camera Raw support for the files I’m thinking its not so great. May have to suck it up and covert the files to DNG from now on if I know perspective is slightly off.
If you are a lover of all things nature in color look away now. I have enough in my archives to make you happy. If you love abstract photography mixed with moody black and white stuff then scroll down.
I would say that it was Metallica’s Ride The Lighting that I was listening to when I edited these images that made them dark and moody but I had every intention of editing these in black and white when I shot them. The simple leaf left alone isn’t that exciting. It’s green. We all know that. Turn the image into black and white and play with the lights and shadows and you get something more. There is another side of a leaf that you just don’t see until you remove the color. It becomes something more and less mundane. Least that is the effect I was shooting for.
Hope you enjoy.
I can only do flowers for so long before I crack. I also haven’t done a monochrome series in a long time. So if you are a lover of color and nature just stop reading now. It will save you from disappointment.
Not sure how I feel about these images. They were shot on the Sony RX100 III and they look horrible in Lightroom. They were all shot at ISO 3200 and I am not sure if its the camera or Lightroom that makes them look so awful. The noise in color makes you cringe and the way it blows out everything makes you want to just hit delete and move on. The images also do some weird clipping in Lightroom as well. Not sure what is going on with that. It took a lot of tweaking to get them to where I found them acceptable. The conversion was done in Nik SilverFX then additionally tweaked in Photoshop.
Based on the title they were shot in Baltimore. Its just a city I find has a lot of interesting stuff to shoot if you just wander about. The Baltimore City Hall is my muse. I always take a picture of it. I just like it for some reason.
Hope you enjoy.
Just a couple of shots of the Korean War Memorial in Atlantic City.
Just some random images I snapped while I was out doing the architectural shots. I went with a mix of color and black and white just to change things up.
While it may seem I only shoot random objects around cities and flowers. Reality is I do shoot concerts and events. This is Carla Coates (NSFW) of the band Butcher Babies. I had the pleasure of shooting one of their concerts. The Butcher Babies has two lead vocalists and they were fantastic from a photographic perspective. They knew I was there and made sure I got some shots that other bands would never give me. Now, being crushed up against the stage while the crowd behind me moshed and slammed into another photographer; or the drunk girl throwing her horns up with beer in hand and spilling it on me not so fun. The show in itself was really good, lots of energy and even those of us there working were bouncing to it. Nothing like jumping with a camera in your hand and two more swinging off you with a crowd pressed against you. Give it a try.
Having shot enough shows, its ISO 4000 and a wide open lens. The camera is set for continuous high and you just press the shutter and fire. You take 10-15 shots and maybe 1 is usable out of it but that one is magic like this one. It was shot on a 150mm 1.8 wide open. She was on the other end of the stage from me and the light was just perfect. The grain in the photo works and you really can see she’s into the show and not just going through motions like some bands do.
I’ll return to some more normal stuff tomorrow. Until then enjoy.
Just one of the lifeguard boats that were on Atlantic City beach. I really liked how the broadside shot turned out in black and white versus the color. I think it adds something to do the image. Gives it some drama. Extra points if you can spot where I magically removed the woman that was in the scene. The second shot is just the boat waiting for action pointing at the Atlantic. Enjoy.
Leaves. Not that exciting to photograph when you think about it except in the fall when they turn colors. Then again, if you have some fun and know you are going to turn the images into black and white from the onset you really can make an interesting image out of it. While initially I was only going to edit the leaves in front of the tree but it turned out to be the weakest image in the set but I like it a lot because of the vine covered tree behind it so I left it. The other images are what you can do when you have light hitting the leaves in a unique way and the black and white conversion really brings out the tones and textures of them. For those of you that are leaf purist, they were all green when I shot these.
Another note. I used to set the height on all my images to 1000 pixels. This had to do with storage constraints on the server. Now that I have unlimited storage and my editing can hold up to closer scrutiny the size has increased to 1500 pixels in height. Width is always handled by height so its a guess to what that really is.
For inquiring minds; shot on my Panasonic G5 with the Nikon 55 1.2. No I haven’t given up on Olympus. Just both are gripped now and shoving them in a camera bag isn’t as easy as it once was and I’m really too lazy to un-grip them.
In the misty morning, on the edge of time
We’ve lost the rising sun, a final sign
As the misty morning rolls away to die
Reaching for the stars, we blind the sky
Children of The Sea – Black Sabbath
This really was shot in the morning where I had to leave for work way too early. Luckily I had my Panasonic G5 on me and my Nikon 55 1.2. Cranked it wide open and got the shot. Way too much editing later I present it to you. Enjoy.
RIP – Ronnie James Dio
I was dumping memory cards and came across this one I shot on my Canon 330HS. Se Vende means for sale. It seems I have been in a black and white mood so a quick conversion and I’m happy. Enjoy.