A difficult scene in lighting terms, this series complements the 'Exfoliating Granite and High Cloud Sun Drama' example by using a medium-distance focus to study foreground and background bokeh, and how real (actual) depth of field progresses.
With HD and UltraHD images and large crops in color and black and white, from ƒ/1.4 through ƒ/16 along with large crops.
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Dr. Bob writes:
Perhaps having grown up in an era where one could take black and white photos and immediately go to your favorite darkroom for developing and printing has caused me to rethink how I process photos. During my high school days in the late 1960's I had access to a fully stocked photo-junky darkroom at a local high school (yes they did exist). At the time I was an avid astro-photographer and the ability to push the ASA in my black and white images was a great advantage.
Today the cost of a D810 and quality lenses puts a ton of camera power in a lot of people's hands. One can get admirable results in color but in the past few years I have been converting many into black and white. One can accomplish this by a few keystrokes but the process of using a variety of filters, gradients and the like makes it even more interesting.
Your image is so much more dramatic in black and white that I didn't realize at first there was a color "toggle."
I suppose the real beauty of the accuracy of a higher MP cam and a killer lens is the ability to eek out the most subtle tonal gradient pixel to pixel and, in so doing, the subtle beauty that one can see with the naked eye. Again, thanks for the black and whites.
DIGLLOYD: I also spent many an hour in the darkroom in high school.
Indeed, digital today eclipses what I could ever do with black and white film, and I love being able to apply filters after making the image as well as having both color and B&W options.
There is a rumored Leica M240 Monochrom (24 megapixels presumably), but it will assuredly cost $8K or so. And based on prior comparisons of the Nikon D800E and the Leica M Monochrom, the D810 will still be on my short list for B&W, not an M240 Monochrom. I expect the D810 to outperform on noise and dynamic range in particular, which for B&W is most important. Resolution will likely be similar.