Mar 072011
 

As much as I enjoy using the high contrast B&W scenic mode of the Ricoh GRD III, there are times when it doesn’t quite deliver the goods. I happened across an American classic car the other day parked in King Street, Riverside. It looked such a mean machine that I was drawn to it instantly.

My first shot was captured in RAW and converted to B&W with Silver Efex Pro in Photoshop CS3. The red filter was applied to preserve details in the sky.

Ford Fairlane. ©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

The second shot was taken in the high contrast B&W mode.

Ford Fairlane. ©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

I was surprised at the way the sky and background was blown out in the high contrast mode, which I feel lessens the overall ambience of the shot, although the car looks good.

The car had no badges or marques and it was thanks to people on Blipfoto and my brother-in-law that I finally managed to find out the make and model of this car.

It is a 1957 customized Ford Fairlane and these types of cars are often referred to as “lead sleds”. Lead sleds have all  side mouldings shaved off and filled, as well as having the suspension lowered. They are built for style rather than speed.

Feb 172011
 

From the Ricoh B&W gallery, you all know that I am a big fan of the high contrast B&W mode of the Ricoh GRD III. But I have this strange sense that in some way I am kind of cheating by letting the camera produce this B&W effect.

I have been trying to see if I can recreate the same effect in my B&W conversions from RAW using Silver Efex Pro. I took two versions of the same shot yesterday — one in RAW and one using the high contrast B&W mode. The Silver Efex Pro conversion is on the left.

©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

On this occasion, I seem to have replicated the in-camera high contrast B&W mode pretty well.

Of course, it could have been beginner’s luck but today I took this shot of fallen leaves, using similar settings in Silver Efex Pro to the ones used in the conversion above. Again, I was pleased with the result.

©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.