Saturday, May 3, 2008

Black&White Photography with the DP1

This nondescript image is of a building in Tacoma WA on an overcast afternoon.  I converted to B&W by changing the SPP software's White Balance to MONOCHROME.  Then I fiddled with the sliders, contrast, exposure & highlights until I liked the way it looked on my monitor.  Finally I tried different amounts of Fill Light, both positive and negative.  

The positive fill light image (a lot of fill light) is reminiscent of HDR images with a great deal of light smoothing.  The negative fill light is interesting, harder to describe.  It seems to bring a bit of smudge vignetting quality.  This will require more trials.  At first it put me in mind of  old B&W movies.