Fall in black and white at Sörhallsberget (Gothenburg, Sweden) with Leica M Monochrom (Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH.) by Magnus L Andersson (photography.anderssoneklund.se) at 2012-10-21 09:48:35

Fall in black and white

An attempt to capture the colors of the fall in black and white.

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Magnus L Andersson




Number 34



An obvious question is if it is possible to capture the colors of the fall in black and white. To me, this image shows that without color the image breaks down. Had it not been for the leaves at the ground, and the trees on the right, it could have been an image from any other month than October. I have walked this path so many times but is still not able to visualize how it looks at that time of the year just based on the image. Hence, color adds as well as shifts focus from one type of pattern to another. The fall is warm, but in black and white it becomes rather dull.


This photo was taken by Magnus L Andersson in (/, ) using a Leica M Monochrom (M9) with a Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH.


Being new to the camera at this point in time, I’m still rather happy with the settings of the shot trying to get a depth of field in an image. However, feels like it’s slightly out of focus and it shows that I did not master the rangefinder technique. However, looking at the normalized tone curve the shot has only a few spots of blowouts in the sky between the trees.


Camera: Leica M Monochrom (M9) (Leica)

Lens: Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH (Leica)

Filter:  No

Medium: Memory Card Panasonic SDHC 16GB Gold Pro (Panasonic)


Scanner: No


Shutter speed:  sec

Focal length: mm

Aperture: f/

Exposure bias: EV 0

ISO rating: 


It could have been interesting with a wide angle shot, but other than that nothing that could have been done differently.


Processing by Magnus L Andersson


I decided on a 1×1 crop and a T-Max 400 (Affinity) emulation to get some more contrast, but still, try to obtain a “realistic” view. I’m not that much of a fan of creative sharpening, and in this case, it didn’t feel needed.

The image is processed with the intention for the web at 100 cd/m2, 5500 K and Gamma 2.2.


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