Ahhh, this is more my style of editing… Yesterday, I talked about deviating from my normal style of editing black and white images to better live into how I wanted the image to feel. Today’s image is the exact opposite, though. This is a scene that is perfectly suited to my typical style of editing. Nighttime always creates scenes that are ripe for contrast and micro contrast, but this is turned up to 11 when you’ve got metal under fluorescent light.
Honestly, there’s nothing especially good about the photo itself. It’s very much a typical, everyday image. If I wasn’t doing a 30 Days with… challenge I wouldn’t have made this image in the first place. But I had a little fun with the composition – note the implied “V” shape made by the gas pump on one side (which is white) and my 4Runner (which is rendered as black) on the other side that frames the truck and “Sandy’s” sign in the background) – and after applying my typical editing recipe the image really started to come to life.
Again, there isn’t anything special about this image. But the fact that it’s even a little interesting to look at is a testament to this editing approach (well, I’d like to also think that my composition plays a small supporting role as well). The contrast of the light reflecting off the cars makes this image. Without that, this image would be quite dull. The way I typically edit black and white shots is designed to bring those elements to the forefront.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the role of the lenses in this whole micro contrast style of editing black and white images… And come to think of it, I haven’t actually mentioned the lens component to this whole Leica M10 Monochrom system during this project…sounds like a wonderful topic for tomorrow’s post 😉