|One of my earliest attempts at creating monochrome from colour.|
Not bad (and you can criticise the composition if you wish). Fairly contrasty. I was pleased with it at the time.
Original image - f/5.6 --- 1/320 sec --- ISO 100 --- 70mm
The more I look at (good) monochrome images, the more apparent it is that it is a skill-set all of its own - distinctly different from colour photography. I'm not talking about the desaturating of colour images - although that has its place too and, if done right, can be equally impressive. And that is all I have done in this area so far.
|Yes, this is monochrome.|
The image was desaturated of all colour except blacks, greys and whites,
before I added a tint at the end of the process.
Original image - f/5.6 --- 1/250 sec --- ISO 320 --- 400mm
I'm talking about actually shooting in monochrome. It's a whole new ball-game; like having to learn to use a camera again. Light, shadow, texture - everything in fact - are all different.
When you consider that I started out, aged about ten-ish with a roll of black-and-white film and a second-hand Brownie, you would think that I would have a handle on it. But actually, I'm finding the prospect quite daunting.
|The side lighting, combined with the|
monochrome finish brought out every little contour,
many of which were not immediately evident in the
original colour image.
Original image - f/3.2 --- 1/1600 sec --- ISO 125 --- 67mm
These days, you're taking your life in your hands if you start pointing a big camera around the streets of suburban London, so maybe I'll get out and have a go with that. A few discreet shots here and there should be a good start. I've also got a Panasonic TZ90, which has a much longer zoom and a flip-up screen (useful in the street) but whose picture quality, so far, I have not found to be as good.
So my aim is, eventually, to be able to publish some genuine monochrome images but in the meantime, enjoy these few, originally shot in colour of course, which I have worked on to produce - well - something different from what they originally were.