BATH 4 – SITTING BY THE ROAD ON A RAINY DAY (MONO)
September 1, 2015 2 Comments
Wet metal – hard and without warmth – about as inviting as selling cold fish from a fridge on a raw day.
The FATman guide to the contents of this picture (don’t say you don’t get value for money on this blog … OK, so it doesn’t cost you anything … yes, well … there is that …): the left hand half of the shot is the bit of the seat that you actually sit on; and this curls up to upper right, which is the seat’s back, the bit you lean on; in the lower right corner is the end of another seat with the same design; and over on the right the pale areas seen through the black bars of the seats show the faint outlines of paving stones.
An image from my last days of using film. Months previously I’d bought a really good DSLR, one that I still use and treasure (the D700), but back then digital black and white just wasn’t doing it for me. And so here I was, out in Bath with a top flight Olympus film camera and a wide lens, looking for grain and atmosphere. Trouble was, I hadn’t yet realised that by far the best way of achieving good digital black and white is by starting with a full colour digital raw file. So here is that long ago jpeg, given the recent benefit of SEP2 and a cyanotype tone.
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OM-4 Ti with 21mm Zuiko; Ilford HP5 black and white film, rated at 1600 ISO; commercially scanned; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Dynamic Smooth preset and adding a heavy cyanotype tone.