by Joseph Linaschke
On my way through San Francisco last week, I took a little time to finally meet with "Doctor Popular", aka "Doc", in person. Doc works at Sincerely, the guys who make Postagram, that super-cool iPhone app for sending photos as physical postcards in just a few clicks. Doc has become quite the iPhoneography phenom, speaking at the Apple Store and boasting nearly 20,000 followers on Instagram (@DocPop) and also is the founder of Objective Scenes, a cool mobile phone photography blog.
Anyway we wandered the streets as he ran some errands and showed me some cool hidden spots in town, like the interior of the amazing Wells Fargo bank on Montgomery Street. Unfortunately as soon as security spotted me touch my camera I was accosted (so that's what it takes to get service in a bank…) and so after some more neck craning, we left. However there's a POPOS that you can get to from the bank that he wanted to show me, so we headed there. Sadly it was closed, however the stairs down provided for a cool photo opportunity.
I shot this on the Fuji X100 in a customized B&W mode, and lately have been shooting RAW+JPEG again (even though it increases write time). The image you see above was created from the color RAW file, processed through Silver Efex Pro II. However I wanted to also include the camera-generated B&W, which really is pretty good (albeit a bit blown out in the highlights), and also show the original un-retouched color version.
I enjoy shooting in B&W mode directly more and more. I don't know that I'd ever do it on my Canon cameras, but when shooting with the knock-around Fuji, I really do like shooting this way. And normally I expect to NOT do any post work at all, but this was an exception.