This portrait of my granddaughter Emily and my late friend Roscoe is an improved version of the image I published early last year.
As I mentioned in the original post, this image is one of my all time favorite photos (portraits). Luck was with me that day when I captured the definitive moment. I don’t remember which Nikon or which lens I used. The original is a color negative that I rescanned and converted to black & white.
I have better software and a more complete understanding of the conversion process now. The modest crop is almost the same, but this time I scanned at the highest resolution, cleaned the scan carefully and converted to B&W using different channel percentages.
The contrast and tonality are more subtle this time. The background is lighter and doesn’t compete with Em & Roscoe. The blacks are a bit lighter so I could bring out more of Roscoe’s heavy fur and you can see his tongue clearly in this version.
The image is sharper overall as well. I used unsharp masking twice: Once with a low amount and high radius for local contrast enhancement and the second time with a small radius, larger amount and threshold for overall sharpening.
I tweaked the levels and did another modest sharpening after reducing the original image for this post.
I’m pleased with the results and wanted to share this portrait with folks who haven’t seen this image. Here’s the link to my earlier post: Monochrome Photography: Em & Roscoe