On a rather nippy morning, I wanted to experiment with my camera, so we took a little walk to the park and trail.
With no great subjects at hand, my experiment was to take shots in b&w straight from the camera. The idea was not just to take them in colour and convert them to mono in post as is usually the case but instead to shoot b&w from the outset the way that I could see them right in the camera.
I not only wanted to see if I could accomplish this feat but also wondered if actually seeing the world through b&w would help. I am not sure that it did.
A dive into the camera menu system allowed me set the camera up to do that. Each press of the shutter would give me a processed b&w photo and an unprocessed colour photo. But all I could see in the camera was b&w. This is what I wanted for a temporary trial.
Once I got home I decided to process the colour image into mono as I might do normally and then to have always done and then to compare the two versions -- mine and the camera's. My conversion is on the left, the camera's bw on the right.
There's not a huge difference. My conversion is slightly more contrasty in the trees; you can see the snow on the branches better. There is also more contrast in the reflections on the pond. Conversely, I have tamed the snow on the bank a little and made it a little less contrasty, but now I am wondering if I should have done that.
Next: my processed fence and grasses are on the top in the next pair. I think my version is brighter and preferable to the camera version.
Finally. a close up of some of the same grasses as above.Once again, my processed version from colour is on the top.