I got to Roppongi about 4.30pm, holed-up somewhere for a coffee for about 45mins and then headed out again.
I'd basically stopped using anything other than my old 20mm manaul-focus Nikon lens. I've had it since I was about 20 years-old. It's an old friend. Very small. Great for zone focussing [setting a range of distances on the lens according to which aperture one is shooting at], it's old and it's manual... so there is nothing to go wrong even if it gets totally soaking wet... which it did.
This spot outside the station was perfect for shooting the people battling the strong winds and snow, as there was a lot of light coming out of a nearby shop and there was a good flow of people.
Backlight or just good light really helps illuminate the snow at night, making it appear more dense. That's why I was there.
I spent about 2hrs in this spot and got about 6 or 7 great shots.
Details of this shot?
Nikkor 20mm f/3.5 AiS
In-camera monochrome [super high contrast, red filter setting]
I use Nikon's ViewNX software as the first part of my workflow, which unlike Lightroom [which displays all the RAWs as colour] shows me the files as-shot. I then convert from RAW to TIFF after making a few basic adjustments [shadows, highlights etc].
Why not just convert to monochrome afterwards? Because like the old film days, when I chose the type of look I wanted - with a specific film - I like to shoot in a style that suits my subject or my mood. It helps me pre-visualise the scene just as I want it and it helps me choose subjects that suit the style I am shooting in. It also cuts down on post-processing time.
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