Re: [OM] Monochrome

Subject: Re: [OM] Monochrome
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2020 15:20:12 -0800
On 3/4/2020 5:16 PM, Ken Norton wrote:
Thanks, Moose.  I use Monochromes because I think differently when I know
I'm shooting B&W.  I frame and expose for B&W instead of color.  It may
sound weird, but I can definitely tell the difference.  I love B&W and
would like to use Monochrome for a whole trip sometime.  Maybe when I
I totally agree. I'm certainly not as "evolved" as some photographers
and I need to see/work in the medium desired for the outcome. My
compositions are different. When I'm shooting in color, I look for the
contrasts and lighting for color. When I'm shooting in B&W, I look for
the contrasts and lighting for B&W. While I am perfectly able to do a
conversion to B&W later on, it rarely works out because I didn't
actually compose that way up front.

I think the point, in my case, is that I've never really been a B&W photographer. When I wanted to learn photography as a young man, I was very frustrated. I wanted to work in COLOR, and simply couldn't afford to.

I do occasionally see something I think would look good in B&W, and shoot 
color, for later adjustment. :-)

Speaking of evolved, I don't understand how photographers can shoot,
edit, print/publish, and move on and consider it all a done deal. I
only delete the obvious outtakes and leave everything else in my
files. When revisiting the files later on, I'll look at the pictures
with fresh eyes and fresh usage intent.


I have virtually everything I've ever shot on digital in my LR catalog. I just mentioned the Panny 42.5/1.7 in a post, got curious what I'd shot with it, set a metadata filter in LR, browsed, and noticed a photo I'd not processed before that I quite like. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/4rApbaqXZMG6btW37>

I hadn't remembered that the "ISO invariance" example I've shown was also taken 
with this lens.

I sometimes just wander about in the catalog, looking at stuff from the past. 
I've found gems.

And with fresh conversion/editing tools which may give me options that didn't 
exist previously.

Really true for me. I've recently recovered a film shot from ~2002, the convertible in the redwoods photo I just posted, and made big improvements in digital shots from 2012 <http://www.moosemystic.net/Gallery/tech/Process/Topaz%20AI/Sharpen/RedTail.htm>

 and 2017 

, using Topaz AI tools and the improved PS selection tools. A number of the other new and/or improved tools in PS have also helped me with recreating older photos.

Mining the Past Moose

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