Originally Posted by tapesonthefloor
I love the chalk & charcoal quality of that second one, mrware. Are you just in b&w mode, or is there some post-production work there?
There are a few factors at work here. This was shot in low light out of a dirty bus window on the move. So there was plenty of noise. I shot it in color, actually haven't tried b&W out of the camera. As far as post production, I put it in Lightroom and then converted to b&w using whatever colored filter gave me the smoothest noise and then tweak for light, dark, contrast, etc I can't remember which I selected for this. I'm new to Lightroom, so haven't strayed too far from the presets.
I'm so ready for spring. I've been going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. The days have just started to get a little longer. It seems like we've only had 4 sunny days since October. I long to take a photo with a blue sky again.
I got a cell phone with a camera just this last Monday. It's still light when I get on the bus, but not light enough that I thought it warranted bringing a camera along to work, but now that I've got one on me all the time, I'm noticing a lot more opportunities.
Granted the image quality of the cell phones are nowhere near that of most of our "main" cameras they still allow one to work on composition and in my opinion most well composed photos don't need the highest quality to look good. When it's good, it's good.