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Nikon D850 Monochrome

Making of “Moon rising over Pine Creek Lake” (Nikon D850 Monochrome)

This page explains how the image was captured and processed.

True monochrome sensor — Nikon D850 monochrome

The Nikon D850 monochrome is a true monochrome sensor created by chemically removing the Bayer matrix from a standard Nikon D850. The increased sensitivity gain of nearly two stops makes the image nearly noise free, and highly suitable for photography in dim lighting.

1. First (and critical) step: the 47.4MP NEF raw file was converted to a 33.7MP monochrome DNG using LibRaw Monochrome2DNG. The conversion lets Adobe Camera Raw treat it as a pure monochrome image with no demosaicing.

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The coverage explains all the issues involved in shooting for monochrome and in infrared. It is not a review of any particular camera or lens, though many examples are included.

  • Monochrome vs color cameras.
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  • Numerous lens evaluations in infrared.

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Moon rising over Pine Creek Lake
f5.6 @ 243.0 sec electronic shutter, ISO 31; 2019-10-10 19:11:18
NIKON D850 monochrome + Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 + filter Hoya 85 warming
ENV: Pine Lake, altitude 9900 ft / 3018 m, 29°F / -1°C
RAW: USM {15,50,0}

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