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Nikon D850 monochrome

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Creating a Color Image from Monochrome Using Filters

This page demonstrates the potential for making color images from a monochrome camera.

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It is far from optimal to have to screw/unscrew filters (slight movement of camera no matter how locked down plus subject/lighting change) and shoot while there is wind, but that is what I did. Specifically, I shot three frames, one frame each with: B+W Blue KB15, B+W Green 061, B+W Red 090, refocusing for each filter (in retrospect a mistake, since the lens breathes just a little which in outer zones puts things a fractional pixel out of registration).

The filtration allows for unusual separation of red/green blue that is distinctly different from a Bayer matrix color camera, whose R/G/B pixels have strongly overlapping wavelength sensitivity. It would also be possible to use other filters and also to create quad-channel color images.

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f6.3 @ 2.0 sec electronic shutter, ISO 31; 2019-10-03 17:57:24
NIKON D850 monochrome + Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2
ENV: Pine Creek Tungsten Mine, altitude 9200 ft / 2804 m, 55°F / 12°C
RAW: pull 0.8 stops, -100 Highlights
3 monochrome frames with R/G/B filters

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