Did you leave the IR filter off then convert, I found that gave best results.
Almost equal if not very close to the Monochrom.
Thanks Pi. The IR filter was, in actuality, left off. I will leave it on or off for no I rhyme or reason.
Very delicate. A wonderful portrait. Was this taken far from home?
Hahaha… Yes, it was within 200 feet (or possibly yards). Too funny.
(for some context, see here: http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/2874143-post66.html )
I do have two technical observations. One, the tonality seems a bit flat, and lacks the texture that most of your photos usually have. Two, the effect of depth is quite prominent, and despite the fact that the 50/1.4 ASPH isn’t the sharpest lens in the world, it renders beautifully.
Out of curiosity — and not that sharpness is the be-all-and-end-all, but — what do you consider “the sharpest lens in the world”?
This is one of your shots: beatiful!
Thank you Umberto.
This is a wonderful photo Peter. I liked the title 🙂 ….. A quick trip to Nunavut?!
Karim I respectfully disagree on the flat comment. I think it has nice “subtle” but balanced tonality with a dark backdrop. If you tried to bring more contrast to this (or forbid…The Clarity Slider…aghh) I feel it would start to look a little unnatural.
In fairness to your comment though it was obviously taken in flat light so a slight dilema sometimes when it comes to images.
It’s interesting how people have become conditioned to view HDR-like processing or heavy-handed post-processing (be it a liberal sprinkle of “clarity”, or contrast) as somehow pleasing. With these interventions, all subtlety (tonality, colour) is beaten out of the image.
Thanks Andrew for your perceptive comment.
To both Andrew and Peter: I must plead guilty to a strong preference for high contrast b&w. For me, b&w without sufficient contrast is a half-baked pie. That’s an opinion, not a prescription. 🙂
When it comes to digital files, fully-baked may in fact be “over-cooked” 😉
This is a great image Peter. A few weeks ago I played a wonderful little video game called Never Alone which calls to mind a very similar image. If you don’t mind my sharing the link, see for yourself!
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