B&W with the Fuji X10: Doha Towers

Fuji X-10, f/3.2, 1/1600s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100,
Fuji X-10, f/3.2, 1/1600s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100,

This April, I had taken photographs of some towers and buildings with Fuji X10. It was a cloudy morning with little bit of rains in Doha. Later I converted the photographs to B&W in Adobe Photoshop CS5. I feel the details captured by this small sensor camera is good enough to produce Black & White photographs.

This is how I convert the photos to B&W in Photoshop. First I open Image > Adjustments > Channel Mixer. Then I click Monochrome (This converts the image to B&W ) and then I adjust the three sliders of RGB colours to enhance whites and blacks. I try to keep the total to 100 or close to 100. After that I adjust Brightness/Contrast to my liking by  opening Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.  You can adjust the levels also if you want to. Then I open Image > Adjustments > Selective colour. I choose first White and adjust the bottom slider (Black) to my liking. Mostly it’s negative to enhance the whites. Then I do the same for Neutral and Black. After this editing, I sometimes use the Curve tool to enhance Contrast a little bit more if I am not too happy with the result. Not always.

Let us see some of these photographs taken that day. I hope you like them.

Fuji X-10, f/4, 1/640s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/4, 1/640s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/4, 1/1000s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100,
Fuji X-10, f/4, 1/1000s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100,
Fuji X-10,  f/3.6, 1/1000s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/3.6, 1/1000s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/4, 1/1100s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/4, 1/1100s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/4, 1/1000s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/4, 1/1000s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100

Perhaps an expert photographer will be able to do more justice with this camera and get better results. However, I am quite happy with the Fuji X10 in spite of its limitations… Here are some more from Doha, the capital of Qatar, whose economy is experiencing an overwhelming growth in the recent years, thanks to the giant investments the country has been pumping up in the fields of oil, gas and petrochemicals. You can click on any image to see a larger version if you are interested.

Fuji X-10, f/6.4, 1/1600s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/6.4, 1/1600s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, Fuji X-10, f/5, 1/400s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, Fuji X-10, f/5, 1/400s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/3.6, 1/640s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
Fuji X-10, f/3.6, 1/640s, Aperture Priority, ISO 100

That is all for the time being … see you soon.

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