Motivation, When and Where:
This was taken a while ago (Jul 22, 2006, 8:35:27 PM on my first DA bday, this makes it even more special ). I was invited to a gallery opening by Dominic’s (one photographed, also goes by the name of ~fuckartletsdance ) mum, who happened to be one of the hosts, whose work was being featured. Had a blast looking at all the crazy work and i guess had few too many beers. Next thing I knew we were out shooting.
The best part of it all was the fact that I was oblivious to what was going on, Hackney is definitely not the part of London you want to be hanging around with a 500 quid worth of equipment round your neck. Call me crazy but we still carried on, playing pretty much a grown up version of "you’re it" on the way.
I was crazy enough to hide at this laundrette. I was stoked, the backdrop full of heavenly ambient lighting and the cliché washing machines. Hiding behind the bin was bloody hard, yet somehow I managed to wait it out for him to come in without making a sound. And there he was in the doorway, looking around, looking like a punk after a bad nights sleep. And the moment was there. My 55mm macro-nikkor prime never fails , with the aperture set to f/22 and shutter speed at 1/30 of a second I decided to make a break for it. And this is how the image was born. I chose f/22 because I wanted to capture darker tones since I was gonna convert this to B&W afterwards in Photoshop where I would have most likely stripped it off its prior appearance, plus its given me a lovely DOF, and 1/30 of a sec has given me a lovely movement in the picture as Dominic was reaching for the door knob. It is indeed an unusual thing to see a punk "spring cleaning" and seeing "them" in a laundrette would be even weirder so I would say I had captured quite a peculiar moment right there.
Method of Conversion:
Since the d50 doesn't have a monochromatic function, photograph had to be converted in photoshop from Colour to B&W. Now this is my method:
Model: NIKON D50
Shutter Speed: 1/30th of a second
F Number: F/22 (manual apperture ring, camera couldn't read that off)
1. Auto Levels
2. Select only blue channel
3. Go to Greyscale Mode, disregard other channels
4. Go back to RGB Mode
5. Create a New Adjustment Layer, with Gradient Map. Set the gradient to go from black to white, thus #000000 to #ffffff
6. Create a New Adjustment Layer, with Hue/Saturation. Set Saturation to -100%
7. And last and probably most important. Create a New Adjustment Layer, with Channel Mixer.
Tick the Monochromatic option,
Set RED to +34%,
Set GREEN to +118%,
Set BLUE to -8%,
Set Contrast to -8%,
Click OK and you're finished.
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