Feelin’ Monochrome

I went back and took a fresh look at some of the photos taken during my vacation in Long Beach, WA. Decided to process some of them with the Acros emulsion courtesy of Fujifilm and Lightroom. As a peek into my process, I normally shoot in the default Provia simulation but rarely use the OOC jpegs. My preference is to manually post process from a RAW file converted from the original RAF using X-Transformer. The first step in Lightroom is to add a Fujifilm emulsion, either Provia or Astia for portraits, or Provia or Velvia for landscapes. If the photo calls for it, I’ll then return later and apply the Acros emulsion once all other adjustments have been completed.

In this case, the resulting conversion to Acros added a bit more drama to what seemed a little mundane in their previous process. To me, the original photos were just fine, “keepers” to me, but converting to a monochrome output allowed me to increase contrast, giving the output more emotional content that fit how I was actually feeling when taking the photos. Of course, there were some photos where the change to a monochrome palette would have destroyed the feeling I aimed to capture, so those will remain untouched after processing.

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Naselle River near Willapa Bay Preserve. X-T2, 16-55mm ƒ/2.8, 6-stop ND
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Naselle River near Willapa Bay Preserve. X-T2, 16-55mm ƒ/2.8, 6-stop ND
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Ilwaco Marina, Ilwaco, WA. X-T2, 16-55mm ƒ/2.8, 10-stop ND
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Ilwaco Marina Jetty, Ilwaco, WA. X-T2, 16-55mm ƒ/2.8, 10-stop ND
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Astoria-Megler Bridge, Astoria, OR. X-T2, 50-140mm ƒ/2.8
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Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria, OR. X-T2, 50-140mm ƒ/2.8

 

Hopefully these contrast well versus the colorful originals displayed in my previous blog post titled “Keepers,” here. While they are still keepers, I think these variations on a select few manage to better convey my feelings and my story a little bit more accurately. Either way, please tell me what you think… I’m always interested in hearing your opinions.

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