Stills V3

July 5, 2009

Hong Kong #23

Filed under: Colin — Rex @ 23:39

This was something of a mini series, however most of the shots were at ISO 400 and I deemed them unusable. This conversion was an experiment in seeing if I like ‘the look’ of a digicam in mono.



  1. Irrespective of the choice of presentation, the objects in this one are much more to my liking than the first version. Number of seats match legs and plants and everything in its own space. Prefer some colour in this too, it had more vibrancy which this conversion seems to lack. Flicking between the two is quite an interesting experience too. The direction of the leg movement has a strong effect on the way I read this.

    Comment by akikana — July 6, 2009 @ 07:28

  2. I would be hard pushed to choose between these for composition or content. Unlike Akikana I do not have a strong preference and might even prefer the slightly more random and chaotic scene on the street in #22.

    However, the b/w elicits a stronger response. Is this from camera or a conversion? Assuming similar lighting conditions during shooting, I converted #22 and got a tonal range much closer to the colour, which I found more pleasing. This could be different weather or time of day with the street so dark and the table highlights so subdued.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 7, 2009 @ 06:51

  3. John – they were both raws, so the processing is all mine. I seem to recall bringing the highlights up in that first one quite a lot. The shots were a few minutes apart. These differ in ISO (and hence shutter speed) and point of focus (which is nearer the camera in the second).

    Comment by Colin — July 7, 2009 @ 17:04

  4. I am surprised that the lack of colour in the foreground alters the composition so much. Also I find the peripheral parts play a bigger part in the composition in the colour image.

    They are different images, surprisingly different.

    Comment by Rex — July 7, 2009 @ 21:08

  5. I do prefer the ever so-slightly smaller foreground area in this, along with the point of focus. However the down side is that by being closer to the table there is less of the outside, which feels more right in the coloured version.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 8, 2009 @ 06:31

  6. I see more strong lines holding this together than in the color version and it seems simpler, but I am a poor bet for commenting on this. I simply don’t see very well in black and white. I will invariably gravitate toward color if left a choice.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 12, 2009 @ 00:38

  7. I think I prefer this one. The black and white brings out the form and the walkers seem more integral to the scene.

    Comment by doonster — July 12, 2009 @ 09:07

  8. Although the “neatness” of the walkers is nice in this image vs. #22, and the shapes are still strong, — I prefer the color version — no contest, really. The warmth of the wood chairs on each side play up the green of the plant and increase the sense of symmetry and depth. The table reflection is more interesting and the street beyond a lot more enticing with pastel bricks and blue jeans.

    Comment by Christina — July 14, 2009 @ 21:32

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