Saturday, May 21, 2011

Black & White

When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and White, you photograph their souls! – Ted Grant

So I thought let me do some soul-searching too. Since I didn’t have any people around and it was too early to stalk them, I just pointed my camera out of the ‘meshed’ window. To do B&W photography in-camera, ‘Picture Mode’ has to be changed to ‘Monotone’. Here are the results:

EPL10513 EPL10514

Stitch these two images to get a panoramic view of the streetlight:

EPL10513-14

And then turn this ‘panorama’ into a polorama:

EPL10513-14P

Setting aside the polorama business for a while, I also tried out recording RAW Images along with the usual .jpg images to figure out what the fuss is all about. First of all, let me tell you that when people say that the jpeg files are compressed, they mean this: JPEG image of ~5MB comes from a Raw image of ~11MB!

Second of all, let me tell you what I figured out at the end of the day about raw images: If you are too lazy to change settings while shooting photos or some unfavourable / unavoidable circumstances don’t let you choose optimum settings, then having raw images is useful as you can apply those settings to the photos later, when you are being favoured by circumstances and / or not being lazy!

Anyway, here are my raw endeavours:

Raw Image

Raw Monotone Image (obviously the .jpg is shown here!)

Semi-Auto Image

Vivid Image shot in Program mode

Processed Image

Raw Image processed with Pop Art Filter

So there you have it, the usefulness of raw images. Obviously, they are not for ‘daily’ use.

I leave you with a famous B&W street photographer:

Henri Cartier-Bresson