30 November 2014

Converting Colour to Greyscale

In photography, a greyscale digital image is an image in which the value of each pixel is a single sample, that is, it carries only intensity information. Images of this sort, also known as black-and-white, are composed exclusively of shades of grey, varying from black at the weakest intensity to white at the strongest.

In greyscale still photography, many photographers choose to shoot in solely black-and-white since the stark contrasts enhance the subject matter.

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There are a few other reasons for converting a colour street-portrait photograph into a black-and-white photograph:

  • the subject’s skin colour is not coming out adequately and/or the overall white/colour balance is just plainly wrong and can’t be corrected for whatever the reason;
  • the colour of the photographic lighting is unsatisfactory and can’t be changed (e.g. with fluorescent tube lighting, under a coloured market-stall awning);
  • some important bright areas of the image are effectively all white or washed out (“blown-out highlights" or "clipped whites"), often if the on-camera flash has to be used;
  • the background is very colourful, cluttered and distracting, to the point that it takes the focus away from the subject;
  • the colours of the subject’s clothing or headgear don’t match with the colours of the background;
  • the colours are too muddy, bloody or even gruesome (e.g. as a form of censorship when movies are aired on Philippine television, many gory scenes are shown in black and white, in compliance with Philippine broadcasting standards);
  • the image is too noisy in colour since the camera is not set correctly (an underexposed image with unacceptable noise levels, or an overexposed image with plenty of highlights clipped);
  • partial or complete colour blindness of the photographer and/or the viewer.


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More greyscale conversions of street portraits in Matt Hahnewald's

07 November 2014

Bribing Sadhus from Nepal

Nepal's affable sādhus are almost totally dependent on the alms of others for subsistence. In addition, they may also support themselves by engaging in any of the following activities: begging, serving as spiritual mentors to personal disciples, interpreting dreams, telling fortunes, reading palms, astrology, manufacturing amulets, performing exorcisms, casting spells, singing, conjuring, juggling, tattooing, selling medicinal potions, and posing for photographers...

people, closeup, street portrait, headshot, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, double V sign, long beard

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, amputated right arm, raised left hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

"A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth..."
people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Bhaktapur, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa

people, closeup, street portrait, Nepal, Kathmandu, sadhu, Hinduism, holy man, religious ascetic, yogī, mokṣa, raised right hand, blessing

What is a Portrait?
A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or any other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, even in street photography, a portrait is generally not a spontaneous snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.


More portrait photographs of sadhus from Nepal in Matt Hahnewald's

Portrait photographs of sadhus from Tamil Nadu in Matt Hahnewald's