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Camera - Nikon D700
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal Length: 135mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter: 1/800 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D700

Here’s a shot from our trip to the USA – this was taken in Niceville, Florida, where Hollie’s best friends Bryan and Shannon live. They had twins nine months ago, and they’re absolutely gorgeous so I’ve got plenty photos of them too! Hard not to, really.

Before we left, I decided I didn’t really want to spend ages processing lots of photos in Photoshop or wherever. It’s fine for a few choice images, but when it comes to something like black and white, say, I’m just not sitting in front of my machine running B&W actions on dozens of photos to tweak the absolute best from them. I generally despise B&W modes on digital cameras because all they do is suck the colour out and that’s it, and a B&W can be so much more. But, the D700 has a great Mono picture control, which allows for altering the contrast and brightness of the B&W, as well as applying a ‘filter’ in red, orange, yellow or green, as well as a range of toning options including sepia and cyanotype, and degrees of strength.

So, I set up a colour mode using the D2X Mode 2 with some extra saturation, and a B&W mode with heavy contrast, reduced brightness and a Yellow filter, and set a Quick Menu option to be able to switch between them immediately by hitting the Function button on the front of the camera. There are puritans who will argue the case for only *ever* making B&W manually in Photoshop and in general when it comes to a photo that *really* matters, I agree. But you know what? Life’s too short to spend it all in front of the ‘Shop…

Anyway, this photo is also unprocessed outside the camera. The vignette is because I’m using a DX lens on an FX camera. The camera detects it and crops the frame automatically, but you can also disable that if you want to see the edges of the lens circle. If you zoom past that you get a heavy vignette as the light drops off, which is what I did here.

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