Mundane BW Capture One -style

Another B&W -style, huh? Yes. This one came into existence as a coincidence when I was trying a color style mimicking the captn.look’s (Immanuel Sander’s) film simulation recipe “Nature Neon” that was published on Fuji X Weekly.

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Strong Contrast B&W Capture One -style

This Capture One -style was actually ready before the latest style, the PaleColor Blue. But I wanted to be sure if I really like this one with the chosen settings and publish it now. I have made quite many black&white styles for Capture One. Some of them have been very low contrast like the DoubleA -style and some have had different interpretations of the contrast like the Classic Contrast -style and the Baroque -style. When researching common styles for street photography I could not avoid seeing a lot of high contrast styles used. And this style is probing the realm beyond my Classic Contrast -style. It doesn’t have ultra high contrast, but I have avoided so far of using the amount of contrast I have in this style.

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Homage -style for Capture One

We all have seen those black and white masterpieces from the yesteryears. During certain times the photos didn’t shine with technical perfection, but were more about situation awareness of the photographer, wonderful compositions and intriguing play of light and darkness.

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Double B&W styles for Capture One (portrait look)

This time my new style (or double of styles) sprung from the redesigned NS160 style. Having just finished the P160 -style and the new NS160 -style I was in the mood of creating also a B&W -style that would work with portraits. I imagined the NS160 -style would convert well to B&W and have low contrast look suitable for people photography.

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Making worse images deliberately – or endorsing imperfections

Most of my styles so far have been according to the trend making the photos look sharp and “defined” with raised clarity. Having just read an article about digital B&W photography’s quest for raised contrast and sharpness counteracting the mood, tonality and expression possible with less “defined” look, I started question some choices I have made when making my styles. There are places and need for the sharp and contrasty photos, but how many times You are willing to deliberately “worsen” the image to carve out the expression of it instead of getting “likes” for Your perfect photos?

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Classic contrast B&W Capture One -style (updated 12.10.2019)

This was a quick edit. I usually go with low-contrast look with my photos, mainly to preserve the shadows from getting totally black. But after I had some inspiration of looking photos taken with Ilford FP4, I decided to try if I can find similar look that has higher contrast shadows that won’t go totally black. I deviated quite soon from the FP4, not trying to simulate it, as I was satisfied with less flat midrange and highlights. And I anyway liked the contrast and structure (grain and clarity) of the outcome. Maybe with another project I can approach closer the FP4. I call the look achieved “classic contrast”, comparing to my usual low-contrast edits.

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My Capture One Prime B&W -style (and get all the B&W -styles I have made so far)

I have not been so keen B&W photographer in the past. Afterwards thinking, I guess, one big reason for that has been that I haven’t been able to tweak the B&W look and have fallen to use simple conversion from color photographs. And that was one effective reason I so happily chose Fuji X camera as it already has good inbuilt B&W simulations.

I like, as many other Fuji owners, the Acros film simulation. I have seen some master it so that the resulting look is fantastically beautiful. My photos are pale farts compared to those, but I still like the idea of getting more options for my photography… or, maybe I just like technical designing more than photography. What ever the reason, I started crafting a B&W style that is independent of the Fuji’s Acros curve and would somehow look as special as that Acros film simulation but with my own preferences.

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