Hidden Colour in Black and White

Every few months I review my Lightroom catalogue for what are probably best described as ‘B grade images’. Those photographs that weren’t considered worthy of being published when they were shot yet with time I feel gave gained some merit. Often it is these B-Grade images that end up making it to flickr explore.

One such image is this photograph taken with the X100 in Paris. The photo is cropped to fit the website but click here to see it large.

It is an interesting contrast to the colour image from the camera. The conversion reveals detail that is hidden in the colour photograph.

This can been seen in the jacket worn by the man on the right of the frame. I was able to work the photograph to reveal this detail in the colour image but the result was blown out and distorted.

Interesting to see how the mono conversion offers a clearer image with a more acute level of detail throughout the frame. I applied the same approach on this photo of a child holding conkers (chestnuts).

X100 Handful

Again there as a new depth of detail revealed that was lost in the colour image. (You can view this photo large on flickr by clicking on it).

Both photographs were captured on the Fuji X100 and processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.


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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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