I Like Monochrome, for Some Things

I like good monochrome pictures.  For some period of time, I have tried various process settings while trying to create a look that I liked and that worked for various subjects under varying lighting.  I have showed some of these attempts when I posted the images to this blog, but I haven’t shown all of them since most have been failures in that I didn’t like them.

Because of storage limitations and problems with the speed of Adobe Lightroom, I stopped saving and using raw files and captured all of my pictures as jpeg files.  It was with those files that I mostly tried various monochrome changes.  Early in my search for a style of monochrome that I liked, I found that I really preferred jpeg ACROS monochrome images; but sometimes, most of the time, I needed a color image and I couldn’t go to color from a monochrome image, so I didn’t collect and store monochrome jpegs.

Another of my issues with taking and using monochrome images revolved around the subject I was photographing.  Since I mostly make images that do best with color, the images of flowers, etc. didn’t always work with conversion to monochrome.  I needed to find subjects that were always going to work best with monochrome, especially if I only captured ACROS monochrome jpegs.

Since I prefer the Fujifilm ACROS monochrome images, I am considering switching back to storing raw files and then using the camera calibration to create ACROS files when warranted.  If I have a subject that I don’t want to use in monochrome I can select one of the color calibrations.  I also have another alternative with the X-T2 camera.  I could use film simulation brackets to capture an ACROS and a color jpeg for each image, but that means that I have to store both images if I want the flexibility to use either calibration in the future.

Subject wise, it seems to me that photographing old antiques, etc. should work well with ACROS.  The above images are a test series I made using raw files and the ACROS camera calibration with LR.  I deliberately made the images with low levels of natural window light since that is how I prefer to capture them.  While I am experimenting with similar images, I will continue to capture raw files on one memory card and color jpegs on the other card, and not save both.  I will only save likely subjects in raw unless I decide to go to raw files again for all of my personal photography.  I will probably only use jpegs for my Homewood photography in order to save storage and processing time.

Now I need to get back to my main problem, finding things to photograph.