Photo Of The Day: “EyeZ”


Always trying to improve my digital black and white images. Digital photography spawned from an attempt or desire to escape the giant shadow of film, but as they say “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” Lots of people genuinely miss the look of film, but not the work involved to shoot, process and develop it, thus since the early days of digital, people have been attemting to create “film-like” images on this modern platform.

I’ve shot film for a long time and I’ve come to accept that you just cannot duplicate film completely, it’s got its own special thing, but digital black and white can have its own charm as well. I’ve so far resisted the urge to use popular software such as Silver Efex Pro, instead I try to tune each pic to my taste by playing with the levels, curves, etc, in Photoshop. I’m not quite happy with my efforts on the whole, but I’ll keep trying.

One thing I can tell you that works well for me is to use old or older lenses on my digital cameras in this effort. I find it gives me a head start. This one was shot with the original Canon EOS-1Ds 11mp camera introduced in 2002 and reviewed on these pages. The lens used was a Contax 50mm f/1.4 MM  Zeiss Planar. If you like using “alt” lenses as I do, that’s cool and you know it’s incredibly fun! I’m going to try to do an article for you on this subject. And as I said, I’ll keep trying to find the best formula for filmic digital black & white, even if such a thing might not exist. If nothing else, it’s a lot of fun! Have a great day good peeps and get out them cameras 🙂


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“Standing Strong” 2013. Fuji X-Pro 1, Canon 35mm f/1.8 ltm. I’ve used the Fuji X-Pro 1 for some time. It’s an outstanding camera with its native Fuji lenses, but is a pain to use with legacy manual lenses such as the Canon I used here. The Fuji X-T1 that I’m talking about in the article is a much better body for this purpose.

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6 thoughts on “Photo Of The Day: “EyeZ”

  1. very beautiful portrait and great very similar to film look !
    about applications – i use by only Lightroom last 7 years and completely forget how to use PS 🙂 Lightroom is the real winner – its just hardcore app for photography editing no more – no textures or layers.
    and even more agree about using by an old lenses with the goal to create the optical effect in this natural way. i have two – Asahi 50mm and 28mm for these games 🙂
    do you use some kind of adapter for this connection of Contax 50mm f/1.4 MM Zeiss Planar and EOS ?
    thank you Sam !

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Victor! I actually have Lightroom as well, but it crashed when I updated my OS and I haven’t reinstalled it yet. The old lenses are the way to go for that filmic look as your work with the Asahi 50mm can attest. The adapter for the Contax 50mm f/1.4 is the “Contax/Yashica to EOS” adapter and can easily be found and cheap too. Thanks again!

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  2. Excellent B&W, Sam, and the child is precious. I too use only PS CS6 for my B&Ws. I have the Zeiss 35 mm for Nikon digital but rarely use it but will give it another chance to see what it can do. Love the gently highlights in your photo.

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  3. Hey bro…there’s an unfamiliar shot of the beautiful Zoe….but 2013 is recent in the Pbase timescale! 🙂 And a beautiful shot of Zay…looks like a C-41 BW film shot.


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