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Nikon D800 monochrome

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Examples: Pescadero Creek

Images converted with AccuRaw Monochrome Beta, with sharpening set to 1.00 / 0.80 followed by Topaz Infocus 0.20 / 0.60. This is not a magic combination based on investigation so much as a quick ad-hoc approach to making the images look reasonably good. More or less sharpening is also better depending on f-stop (diffraction). Overall contrast was also adjusted for a good black/white range.

Some images shot with filtration (red or green or yellow), but this information went unrecorded. Generally speaking, a red filter seemed beneficial for seeing deeper into the water. No filtration used for the 15mm lens as I had none in 95mm filter size.

The conversions here do not necessarily preserve all highlight detail; in some cases this was “let go” for overall tonality. A serious student of monochrome would work out appropriate subtleties for each image when converting.

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Nikon D800M + Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

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