451 – Tell Me When My Light Turns Green

I’m late, oh my God, I’m so late! I’ve taken a day off from work for printing, and that’s what I’ve done all day. This is the image for yesterday, one for today will follow in a few hours.

This should have been a B&W image. Yesterday when I went home from work, I did what I’ve said I’d do: I set the camera to “monochrome”, ISO 6400 maximum and Auto-ISO, and then I walked off into the night.

What can I say? It did not turn out all too well. I was a bit in a hurry, and I believe that after so much color work, I would have needed time to let myself fall into that B&W vision, time to experiment. I mean, I can do B&W work, you have seen some, and if not then you can search for the label Black and White and see for yourself, but going out with the express intent of shooting only B&W and willingly ignoring color, that’s a different story. Whatever, maybe it’s not my thing, maybe I was not in the mood (actually I found it depressing), the outcome is that I have no real inclination to try it again anytime soon 🙂

Thankfully not all was lost, because setting the camera to “monochrome” changes nothing of what the RAW file contains, and this is of course color information. This was not a really bad B&W image, but, lo and behold, in color and with a tiny color shift towards green, it looks real good to my eyes.

Sigma 30/1.4 at f1.4, 1/50s and ISO 720.

The Song of the Day is “Tell Me When My Light Turns Green” from the 1980 debut album of one of the best bands of the eighties, no, one of the best bands ever: I’m speaking of “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.