Last week, I was searching for some images taken in my town to complete a coffee-table book. While searching for a certain image, I stumbled upon a folder on an external disk, I’m using for storing undeveloped images that needed to get removed from my computer to reclaim some space. Over time, I have a couple of GB on that disk 😳
Among the oldest folders on that disk, I found 3 folders with images taken at the same location at three different points in time: mid-April, end of July, and end of October 2009 😳 (how young my kids were in those images).
The above image is from the October trip. In my opinion, a perfect fit for monochrome: an old railbus.
On our way from Lefkimmi to Kavos, I was kind of surprised when I saw so many abandoned hotels, supermarkets and restaurants directly beside the main road. I know, there are some economic problems in Greece. These problems might als have an impact on entrepreneurs in the tourist industry. But, these buildings seemed to be abandoned for a quite long time. I don’t know, what happened here. This whole town is closed for a longer time, not only one the winter.
Currently, I’m developing my photos taken on Corfu. And, every now and then, I stumble over an image that might look great in monochrome. Just like the one above chosen for this weeks issue of Monochrome Madness by Leanne Cole.
First of all, I make all my usual adjustments to a raw file: white-balance, color-balance, balancing the horizon, lightening the darks and sharpening. Finally saving the edited file with all layers and export it to jpeg.
In the case I feel an image might look good in monochrome, I switch to monochrome mode in my raw development tool for a sneak preview to check, if it would look great in monochrome. Just in case, this preview looks great, I do another export. But, this time I choose tiff for my export image format. That’s because I want to preserve all information in the image. This tiff file is the source for my monochrome conversion.
Most of my monochrome images are created by using Tonality Pro by MacPhun. Sometimes I use it as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, but most times I simply use it as the standalone version. Even the standalone version is capable to work with layers, similar to Photoshop. And, so I develop several parts of a monochrome image differently.