…….the way to my Project 365/2014 the daily snap. (sey rosen – face book) After 2 months+ I suddenly realised that of the 61 shots, I’ve only edited/converted 7 into monochrome.
After years and years of thinking/seeing only in shades of gray, I’m again thinking/seeing in rainbows/light prisms/colour wheels. The way it used to be when I shot mainly colour slides.
A quick rumination brought to light the fact that I grudgingly had to admit to myself that Digital is to blame. In the old days I needed to carry 2 cameras, one loaded with Ektachrome and the other with FP4/HP5, which together with my loaded gadget bag was not exactly beneficial to my Scoliosis. This evolved into carrying one camera loaded with b/w only, as I really preferred mono for my Street Photography.
The whole Digital process from shooting to editing has brought back my colour sense, literally and figuratively. Now with my little P7000 I am only shooting in colour, although I still know which shots are destined for mono and which are shot for colour. This has broadened and/or complicated my eye’s thought processes at shutter time, but it’s becoming automatic.
The different image editing software easily allows me to achieve what my mind’s eye saw. I use a number of different software, but never all together. I have Lightroom 5, the mainstay, Photoshop Elements12 with XXL plug-ins (adds many Photoshop CS functions), DxO FilmPack, onOne PhotoSuite8 and TopazLabs FX.
The workflow is basically straight forward: Lr5 > one of the helpers according to what I’m looking for > finish in Lr5.