Old School Film Hack

Awaiting Tenants

Newly renovated space -- Central Maryland (November 2015)Sony RX100 IV + Zeiss 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Newly renovated space — Central Maryland (November 2015)
Sony RX100 IV + Zeiss 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Just one of the many rooms where I work.  Sometimes you just have to take a quick breather and snap some photos.

11 thoughts on “Awaiting Tenants

    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thanks! The colors were an artifact of post-production.

      I was planning on this being a monochrome image, and it looked pretty much monochrome straight out the camera. But I knew from many prior color-to-monochrome conversions that you can get far more details and tones out of the image if you begin to skew the color channels. Sometimes the best results are with the magenta channel, other times the yellow channel. This time the best results just happened to be from a mix of the magenta and cyan channels together.

      But before I stopped and declared the image finished, I reconverted it back into color and was pleased by the intense blues that the monochrome processing had generated. I did this by accident once and was delighted by the results, so now I do it all the time to see if the reconverted color might actually be better than the monochrome version I had planned upon.


      The low viewpoint was due to me not having a regular tripod with me — just a tiny tabletop tripod, which was essential due to the exposure being 30 seconds in length. Plus, I liked the framing at that viewpoint, so that’s what I went with.

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    2. paula graham

      Yea, interesting I have found too , that having used certain ‘filters’ or channels to intensify colours prior or during conversion one can end up with a startlingly striking image like this one. Was it so dark that you needed such a long exposure? And who whats the ‘real’ thing..what is real anyway..my camera certainly produces a photo in raw that needs work doing on it at the best of times…I rather like doing an Andy Warhol impression or such artist anyway.


    3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Oh, yes — the interior of the room was so dark that I couldn’t see the camera controls at all, and the light at the far end of the room was quite dim. That’s why the far doorway is blown out; I was exposing for more detail in the interior of the room. Plus, I was shooting at 80 ISO for the best quality I could extract from the RAW file.


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