Monday, November 24, 2008

Y2K redux

The promised nightmare of Y2K never really materialized, but it's been like that around here lately. Fucked up internets, misleading monitors, e-mail problems, dead laptop, dead hard drives, printers mysteriously dying, fax machine craps out at last and the new one is already acting weird. Fix one thing, two others break. I'm about ready to give up sometimes... the aggravation is intense enough that I can taste it sometimes.

I'm not 100% sure what this picture of Natasha really looks like, although it's gotten a few nice comments over on the Flickr, so I guess I got close to getting it right. This one's pretty much straight outta Canon.

(BTW, would you believe it's been 20 years since NWA's Straight Outta Compton dropped? Also, I know one girl who's going to laugh her ass off that I mentioned it.)

Speaking of which, for a couple years I've been hoping that the new Photoshop will recognize the Canon "camera styles" when working with RAW files, and at last, it's going to... as long as it's not the "monochrome" style -- the only one I care about. I tell you, society is always workin' to keep the b&w man down.


jacks said...

its gorgeous. dont touch it!

Tia said...

LOL. I adore you.

Thom said...

Gary, Am I understanding correctly that you shoot monochrome "in camera" rather than shooting RGB color and making the conversion afterwards as recommended by the "experts." However you do it, I like the results you achieve. You really have a handle on black and white reproduction. Good Stuff!

Gary M Photo said...

Thom, actually, I shoot camera RAW, with monochrome preview when I'm shooting B&W. This gives me the option to go to color after the fact, adjust color temperature, exposure (somewhat) and other settings. By using Canon's software, I can retain the monochrome "mix" that the camera gives me, which almost always seems to be better than what I can achieve with conversion in Photoshop or Lightroom. I'm tempted to just shoot JPG instead of RAW, which would be one way to get around it, but that seems like too much of a compromise. So, instead, I'll muddle through with my clunky inflexible workflow.

Thanks for the kind words... glad you like the B&W. :)

Tia said...

Noooooo keep shooting RAW. It's the only way.