Seeing in Black & White


Back in the summer, when I was spending time in New Hampshire, I talked about my inability to “see” in black & white. While I do convert a shot to B&W every now and then, it’s not something I do with any regularity.

Funny thing is, I LOVE black and white photography when it is done well. When the Leica Monochrome was announced this spring, I found the concept of a digital camera that can only shoot in B&W fascinating. While the cost of the camera is crazy high, especially for a black and white ONLY camera, I’ll admit that there’s something appealing to me about only being able to shoot in black & white. I’m convinced that after a period of time with the Leica Monochrome, I would be able to see in B&W and my B&W photography would improve as well. Fortunately for me, I can use my X-Pro 1 set to “monochrome” as a “poor man’s Leica Monochrome.” Given my recent disenchantment with the X-Pro 1, setting it up as a B&W only camera for a period seems like a good way for me to continue to use it.

Fortunately for me, I have one of the world’s most gorgeous models at my disposal every day. So, with the X-Pro 1 set to monochrome mode, I grabbed my girl and commenced with a portrait session.



What’s so cool about the X-Pro 1 is that using the electronic viewfinder (EVF) I can see the photo in black and white as I compose it. So I LITERALLY get to see the shot in B&W before I take it. It’s sort of like cheating, but I found it helpful.





I’m very happy with the results from this “shoot.” In fact, I think these are some of the best shots I’ve taken of Fenway. I’m confident that if I keep using the X-Pro 1 in monochrome and I become more comfortable shooting in black and white you’ll begin to see more monochromatic shots on the site.


  1. Beautiful! Love the B&W shots.

  2. Chitra Sivasankar says:

    WOW!!! Great shot!!! B&W just brings out the details so perfectly!!! Awesome!!!

  3. This is wonderful and I love your model ;-), I am in the process of doing the exact same thing but using the Fuji X100, luckily for me I love having this camera with me all of the time, I want to challenge myself and thought about doing a 365day black and white only for a year, but I have not had the dangles to start it yet….. enjoy the BW, great blog

  4. So great shots! Very lovely model. :) I have used same approach with my X-Pro1 and love it as a B&W camera. There is a short post of this in my blog.

  5. Awww, Fenway is sooooo cute and what a good model! You did a fantastic job. I just wanted to go in the computer and give Fenway a big squeeze. Lil stinker.


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