Dayhawk

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/9 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/250 sec, f/9
[click image for larger size]

The late Autumn/ early winter months brought a return to black and white photography for me. I have missed it.

All the golden lights, beautiful hues and autumnal colours tapered off and left me with low hanging sun, long lingering shadows and shiny, shimmering reflections. With my black and white work I still use the Day for Night technique but to get my photos looking the way I like I decided to up my ISO from my average of 800 to an average of 3200. That way I could have a fast shutter speed while maintaining a medium to narrow F stop allowing me to push up the contrast of my images in camera and giving them that Noir feel I do love. This also helps make sure I catch everything I want to when I am out. I have found that the light moves quicker in the city during the winter months, scenes seem ever more fleeting, so I have to be quick to get what I want. Plus it’s cold and my patience levels are much lower in the cold. I hate being cold.

I had been walking around for a few hours before I snapped this shot. I was getting hungry so I was walking towards a little cafe I sometimes visit when I happened across the scene. I was instantly drawn to the tiny little window and the square patches of light that scattered the road. It reminded me of the painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. The two images, my photo and his painting, are not identical or even that much alike but it was the first thing my head jumped to when taking the photo. I watched for a moment, to see how things worked, I snapped a few shots to workout my composition and then waited for the right moment to unfold. The silhouette in the building was a lucky bonus and I am glad for it because I think it really helps knit all the elements together.

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

As you can see the finished image is very closed to the original. I like it when this happens as it means I spend less time editing and more time photographing. That is a win in my books. For the edit I simply removed some of the distracting lighting, heightened the contrast, as usual, by adjusting the levels in Photoshop and then, to finish the image, I just cropped in a little tighter. Photo done.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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