monochrome

Fuji X100M

No. I do not have any insider information about next X100 series camera.

But I named my Fuji X100 as X100M. X100 Monochrom (sorry, Leica…). Well, obviously it is not only a name that changed but I put it to shoot B&W JPEGs. I deserve a special B&W camera. And X100 is perfect for that. I have special relationship with this camera, so, it suits well for a special task. X100 is also quite slow camera to work with. This is actually good for my monochrome work. Better not to have all fancy bells and whistles.

I use the following B&W settings:

  • Film simulation: Monochrome + red filter
  • Sharpness: M-Hard
  • Highlight tone: M-Hard
  • Shadow tone: Hard
  • Noise reduction: M-Low

Those settings combined with the use of exposure compensation provide results I like. I may even attach again my TCL-X100 tele converter to test it with my new X100M. 🙂

May the Force be with me.

May the Force be with you
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Some latest B&Ws

I have been quite much into B&W shots lately. I have this kind of periods regularly. Sometimes I really love vivid colors and sometimes monochrome photos please me. For a few weeks now I have enjoyed adding grain in B&Ws and also using some high contrast settings or processing. But also those more clean ones which will give beautiful B&W skin tones are great. It much depend on the situation and my mood. I feel that sometimes the message of the photo (at least the message to myself) will be disguised by the colors. Changing the shot to B&W many times open my eyes to see a different level of that particular photograph. At least it will be worthwhile to try out.

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Shooting monochrome with Leica Digilux 2

I have been now regularly testing my Leica Digilux 2 and I have not been very convinced with its color output (yet). Of course there are some shots in each shooting session which please me but unfortunately most shots are quite mediocre. For color work I prefer this camera to shoot close-ups (see my earlier post on this) and this area it handles just wonderfully.

I have been after a camera which I could use solely as a monochrome camera (something like a poor-mans Leica Monochrom). I have tested my Fuji X-Pro1 and Ricoh GR for this purpose. Both of those cameras produce fantastic in-camera B&Ws but I prefer to use these modern cameras more freely, i.e. for both color and monochrome. And I like to shoot RAW with those two and make B&W conversions in post-processing.

I tested today my Digilux 2 to shoot in-camera B&Ws. I just put camera’s white balance adjustment to B&W and went to shoot some pics. When I opened the shots in Lightroom I was surprised very positively. In-camera B&Ws were very pleasing with nice gradations and good dynamic range. They needed very little tweaking in LR. I think the WB adjustment of my Leica Digilux 2 will be fixed to B&W from now on. Monochrome shooting suits this classic so well and I think the results are spectacular (at least by my standards) for a 10 year old 5 MP camera used by a hobbyist shooter.

Here are just few examples of the results I got: