I was at a bar in the village a few years back when Jason Stollsteimer told me he was working on a new project that would feature his natural singing voice and the sounds of early rock’n’roll. Fast forward to today, that project is fully-formed and goes by the name of The Hounds Below. They sound nothing like the Von Bondies (instead imagine that Roy Orbison fronted the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and they’ll have you reaching for the pomade and looking for back-alley brawl within a song or two. Here are a few of my favorites from their gig at Union Hall.
Since I’ve been posting b+w images more regularly, I’ve received a few questions regarding how I actually go about it.
The two most common questions:
1) When going for b+w, do you still shoot RAW?
2) Do you shoot in color and then decide to convert to b+w later?
3) What would these look like in color?
1) When I shoot black+white, I still shoot in RAW
2) I decide to shoot in b+w from the start and I set the camera profile on the Nikon D3 to monochrome. The RAW file still retains all of the color information, but the LCD playback and histograms are in b+w so I get a better idea of how the final image is going to look as I’m shooting. This also saves post-processing time since I don’t have to manually convert the images to b+w after the fact.
3) The images below are from the exact same RAW file. The only difference between the two is the camera profile; one is “monochrome” the other is “standard.”