A rocky start

Just a few more black and white images to share with you. These were all taken around a campground and the subjects are basically non-subjects. Hey, I can only shoot what’s in front of me. 🙂 For some reason I am really liking the black and white images I have been getting with the Lumix camera lately. I don’t know what it is, maybe they just remind me of 35mm or something. On top of that I have been trying to explore the Topaz B&W Effects plugin a little deeper for my conversions and I think I’m starting to get a feel for how it works. It offers a lot of adjustments which are almost endless and quite touchy – a minute adjustment can make a big change in the look of the image. It takes a little bit of practice to get the feel for how each slider works.  I usually stay fairly conservative when I use Nik Silver Efex for my B&W conversions but the Topaz makes me want to push the envelope a little more. That’s not always a good thing, but you don’t know how far you can go until you at least try. By the way, there is a bit of a puzzle built into this post…see if you can figure it out!

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1, 14-42

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1, 14-42

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1, 14-42

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1, 14-42

  One thought on “A rocky start

  1. May 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I do like this series! But, nope, can’t figure out the puzzle! Hey, didn’t realize you had the GX1. How do you like it? I still have my trusty GF1–the first one and the best model until the GX1.

    • May 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks. Since you are the first one to at least acknowledge the puzzle, I may as well spill the beans – the first letter in the photo names spells R-O-C-K. I just happened to notice that when I uploaded the photos and since one of the photos is of a rock, it all just came together. Kind of corny but, oh well.

      As for the GX1, I am liking it a lot. I think the image quality is great, at least as far as the RAW files are concerned. But that’s OK with me since I process all of my photos anyhow. I originally bought it as a smaller travel camera but since I practically have a camera with me all of the time, it makes even more sense. The handling is obviuosly a little different compared to my Pentax, but other than that I really can’t see much difference between the two, image quality wise. I find that I like the GX1 image quality a little better and the noise at the higher ISO’s, which I don’t use that often, is not only better than the Pentax, it has more of a film-like quality to it. Which is probably why I like the B&W photos from it, they remind me of Tri-X.

      • May 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm

        Yeah, I’m really impressed with the image quality. I just purchased an Olympus wide angle lens which fits nicely onto the lumix and it was a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the panasonic lens.

  2. May 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Particularly loved the second one!!!

    • May 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks. I at first thought that I over-sharpened that photo but, no, there is just so much detail in the photo it naturally looks that way.

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