Red Blue Yellow color filter + Tobacco tone

Using a filter holder + Cokin filters you can play with black and white the good old way. First I tried with filter and then I tried the photoshop / lightroom way – I used the predefined color filter option that is available in photoshop in order to make a fair comparison. Click for “the big picture”. The black and white “real” images are made by using the monochrome wb option inside SPP. And yes, it could have been a more intresting scene but it works.  You get similair result directly from camera if you select in-camera black and white jpeg mode. see this image.

When I bought my mini cokin A (amature) holder then I bought some filters at the same time. All ND’s were sold so I had to buy some colorful ones instead. One was called tobacco or coffee grad – can’t remember what word they used. Both works. :) And I have done several black and whites with it on and it works great. One cool thing is also that when you put camera into black and white mode (jpeg) and use a filter such as this you get really nice nice results directly out of the camera. Feels cool too when you aim as you see the result directly on the LCD.

Cokin color filter test. Dp1.

Direct output from camera using filter and black and white mode: (ISO800)


About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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6 Responses to Red Blue Yellow color filter + Tobacco tone

  1. nicolas says:

    I think your comparison between B&W obtained with Cokin color filters and those obtained with Photoshop is a bit unfair. Your B&W obtained with the color filters look great. Your B&W obtained with photoshop’s red and yellow fake filter look terribly bad simply because the highlights are badly clipping. The B&W obtained with the blue filter is technically correct, but looks bad to my taste. My experience is that the preselected B&W conversion with color in photoshop are not very good. They just take one channel, and pace off the other ones. I have already obtained and i have seen many successful B&W conversion made with photoshop (or other software) that were very nice, but it takes more than just a click.

  2. Carl says:

    You’re right. What I did wasn’t maybe a the “best” comparison but I wanted to see what would be a “one click” solution and also – the original image used for Photoshop WAS indeed perfectly exposed and therefore very much up to the task.

    I’d like, of course to take a series of more interesting pictures, a bit more dramatic shots but I must tell you – I’m pretty sure the “real” thing will beat photoshop. The real thing does give you more job – less speed too – but the old style is less noisy. :) Three channels working together is better than one (or a bit of two).

  3. spalbird says:

    You are right, with filters you can make best use of the dynamic range of the color channels, as long as you don’t have to correct the opposite way in postprocessing, of course :) I don’t know whether you can set the LCD on the DP1 to B&W, but this would be a very useful option to get an impression of the final result…

  4. Icarus says:

    Hi Carl,

    Thanks for your great work for the DP1.

    After I read your first post regarding the DP1, then I bought DP1 without reservation on March and really love it.

    I use AF most of the time, I will half press the shutter to focus on the object I want to focus on and then move the camera around to make the picutre. However when I am using manual focus mode, do I have to change the “AF Area” to make the picture(as I can’t half press the shutter to focus)? Please advise as the “AF Area” menu is very inconvenience.

    Anyway I love the camera and will spend more time to explore it.

    Please feel free to leave comment on my


  5. Icarus, are you a Skype user? if so, please try to get in touch with me via skype (using text) – that way I can ask you a few questions and give you advice.

    my skype ID is rytterfalk

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