Street Musician - Jazz - Leica Monochrom

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by dalethorn, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Focus by guess - trying to be discreet (f1.4, 1/90, ISO 800). Click small image to see original.

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  2. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    I'd like to see larger thumbnails posted? But nice work regardless. The Monochrom is one cool camera though outside my budget.
  3. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Not a bad guess at focus - ya got a little in front of the musician - but still looks good. And those soft gray tones are lovely. :thumbup:
  4. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    Welcome Dale,
    Beautiful tones. I bet it is a great camera to work with.
  5. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    I too would like a larger thumbnail, but this is the only technique, using the existing thumbnail from the webpage, that works generically on a wide range of forums that don't auto-size the original.
  6. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Thanks! The camera and lens are like a 3-lb brick, and while it doesn't seem like much weight it's so dense and small that users will need strong wrists to hold it steady when shooting.
  7. wt21

    wt21 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    Like it lots. The slightly OOF effects works very nicely, IMO. I also like the tonality of the B&W. This was shot with the Leica monochrome?
  8. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Monochrom and Noctilux. Even though the newer 0.95 lens was supposed to be clearer and suffer less with softness issues, it contributes softness to the look such that I can't separate perfect focus from lens softness unless the focus is far enough off. The DOF at f0.95 at 15 feet approximate is extremely thin.
  9. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    It's probably dangerous to describe how I processed this since it will show my ignorance, but what the heck: Images come out of the camera as regular RGB, and if they need adjusting I make them mono only (single layer), get the local and general contrast right, then flop them back to RGB for any toning that might look better. Unlike color images, the flop to single layer and then back to RGB has no effect at all on the resolution or other factors that's visible at 100 percent.

    Edit: I purchased one b&w effects program and ran a dozen or more images through the 30 or so sample filters, and didn't like any of them. So I've stuck with manual editing only.