Pass By in Black and White

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec, f/16 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec, f/16
[click image for larger size]

There is not much to this photo, no backstory, no years of planning, no layers to wade through as you look at it but it is an image I really enjoy so I thought I’d share it.

At the risk of repeating myself, I do love a good Noir feeling photo. Always have, always will. It stems from my childhood and watching an array of B-listed Noir detective films. You know the ones, a red dressed dame with an hourglass figure walks into a detective’s office, sits seductively on his desk and declares that she needs his assistance. From there it is a non-stop thrill ride of classic cinematography. I learned two things from Noir films, 1: If you need information then go to a bar and ask the bartender, they always know the answer and 2: I love black and white, grainy images and if they carry an essence of horror then even better. It is why I like this photo, and photos like this, as it reminds me of all those great memories.

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

I took forty shots of this area, from all different angles, at all different heights and with varying different body types and numbers but, in the end, this is the shot that came out on top. As far as editing is concerned, I did two separate edits with the black and white edit being my favourite. I brighten the overall image, removed the red and yellow sign in the background as I found it distracting and then I did my usual little tweaks, a little dodge of blacks, a little more contrast, a little more grain to finish everything off and good to share.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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