Athens in Black & White

February was a particularly busy month for me professionally with a series of work trips that happened to stack up back-to-back. I began February out in San Francisco followed by a brief visit to Charlotte, North Carolina, and then I ended the month in Athens, Greece.

This was my first visit to the Mediterranean since 2014 when another meetup brought me to the island of Cyprus (I’m actually pretty impressed by those iPhone pictures all these years later). This trip was also one of the few times this calendar year that I’ll see the colleagues on my team, so I was doubly excited to return.

I haven’t used my Sony RX-100 in ages which is the only camera I typically shoot with in black and white. Images on the Lecia M look really nice in monochrome, though (of course), so I wanted to challenge myself on this trip and shoot exclusively sans color. I was going along just fine until I imported the first batch of photos into Lightroom. Since I shoot in RAW format the files default to the color versions when importing, and once I saw a few nicely saturated photos it was really tough to go back.

Ultimately I chose to to edit a number of the images in color as they were simply the better versions, but following are the photos that remain in black and white. I can’t say if I’ll try to commit to this style again in the future, but it’s a nice option to have in the toolbox and for now I’m really happy with the results!

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