Saturday, March 22, 2014
I love looking into the backyard while having breakfast. This morning I noticed something different. Three deer resting in the woods right off our yard.
Knowing that they could also see me, I carefully got up and grabbed my Nikon D200 with a Nikkor VR , 55-200mm zoom. Wanting a narrow zone of focus, I set the ISO to 500, Av 5.6 to allow for a fast shutter. Very slowly I opened the back sliding door and moved onto the back deck. They saw me of course, stared and slowly got up. I fired off about 12 shots and went back inside. They hung around for about 5 more minutes than casually walked off. Of the images, I liked this one which can be seen in the original color image without edit. I thought a black and white development would look nice. Thus I edited in Topaz B&W Effects 2 using Hi Contrast with some added vignetting and selective dodging and burning.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
There are a number of Apps to convert color to striking monochrome images with the iPhone. I have tried many but always go back to Snapseed to edit this images. It's B&W conversion tool creates sharp images with lots of control including the use of traditional B&W filters such as Red, Green and Yellow. Great fun!