G-Train (image by antonio m. rosario)
While Tom is away at school, Antonio has the keys to the podcast again and he thought he might squeeze in one more episode before the end of the year going over his photography “recipe,” letting loose on his Fuji/mobile/black and white photo workflow. Having spent most of his time on Allison Sheridan’s Chit Chat Across the Pond podcast eluding the specific question of his black and white workflow, Antonio is making up for that by spilling the beans about how he goes from the camera to his final shot. Since this is mainly a workflow episode, it’s devoted to his use of the Fuji X100T camera and Google’s Snap Seed photo processing app on the iPad. Tune in if you want to learn some of his street shooting and processing secrets.
In this shot of downtown NYC at night, the color version just did not have enough drama. Converting it to B&W really brought out the texture of the clouds and really set the pillars apart from the water they’re sitting in.
In this shot, the shot is already mostly monochromatic, except for the man’s skin and some of the background. The color is not really adding anything to the image, so it made sense to make the entire image B&W. Feels more dramatic and personal.
The color version of this shot is not bad, but I felt converting it to B&W really brought out the patterns in the man’s jacket and the building in the background. Also, I think the man in the background gains some importance in the B&W version. He doesn’t have that much presence in the color one.
This is a great example of where the vignetting draws your eye into the subject of the shot, in this case a woman sleeping on the subway. Also, the square crop removes extraneous space on the right of the frame.
This shot works both in B&W and color. I ended up posting the color version because I really liked the warm sunlight and how the overall color pallet matched everywhere in the shot.
In these, I chose color where I liked the overall pallet of colors in the images and B&W where I wanted to really create deep shadows and silhouettes. The image of the construction worker wouldn’t have looked good in B&W because there would have been less interesting contrast between his shirt and the background. In color, they are opposites and contrast each other very well. The image with the cats is almost monochromatic except for the color of the cats themselves and the vines in the background, which adds a nice pop.