Feb 172011

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This scene was monochromatic, so it was photographed using the black and white Color Effect mode in the Lumix. As Craig Tanner has so often suggested, that let me preview and capture a black and white JPEG file for reference along with the full color RAW file for processing.

The title dates me! Read the lyrics or listen to the song—but be forewarned: I now have an earworm from the latter which is likely to last several days.

Lumix DMC-FZ40; f5.6 @ 1/60sec, ISO 800 (handheld);
Focal length: 9.2mm (51mm EFL)

  4 Responses to “A Hazy Shade of Winter”

  1. Now this is a stunner April!

  2. Stunner, indeed! If you knew you were going to render this in monochrome, why did you need the color file, too?

    I’m jealous – I’ve been wanting some of those white woven bamboo shades for my dining and living room windows! Are yours made by Bali?

  3. Thank you, both!

    This was a reflection photographed from the street. If bamboo blinds give that impression from inside, I want some too. 🙂

    As for capturing the color file, with an 8-bit color depth the JPEG format only contains a maximum of 256 shades of gray. The 16-bit RAW format can contain up to 65,536 shades of gray. Though this scene had a very narrow tonal range, I wanted as much flexibility as possible for a b&w conversion in post-processing.

  4. April wrote: “The 16-bit RAW format can contain up to 65,536 shades of gray.”

    I think that the 256 shades of gray applies to gif files, rather than jpegs, but I could be mistaken. Perhaps it’s 256 hues of color for gifs as opposed to at least 12,000 in jpeg format.

    Anyway, who on earth can count 65,536 shades of gray, anyway, lol?

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