Kyoto in Black and White

I recently went over some of the images I took on what till this day I still consider to be my favorite photo walk ever.  Thinking about exploring the rain soaked streets of Kyoto on our most recent visit to Japan brings back some great memories of that beautiful city.

These photographs were originally processed in color, but I spent the night yesterday converting them into a simulation of Kodak Tri-X black and white film. VSCO rocks, y’all.

I miss this place.


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Images: Nikon D300s + Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC

38 thoughts on “Kyoto in Black and White

  1. I remember seeing these in color a long time ago. It’s AMAZING how color can make such a different. With rich, vibrant reds and dark blue tones, it looks modern and “naturous”. In black and white it looks like an olden time period. Both are beautiful!

  2. L-O-V-E all these photos. I just looked through some of your Japan photos and saw the colour version of a few. The black and white looks so good and effect a different mood. I am following your blog 😉

  3. That first image is so gorgeous!! I’d love to have that as a print 🙂 These all look great as BW. I too got VSCO film presets and am loving them so far. Some people worry about their images looking their other people’s images if they all used the same presents, but I feel like there are so many different ways of using the presets that one can still get a unique look.

  4. Nice pics. You must like bikes they are in many of your photos. Looks like you are having great time. I hope all are doing well in the nation.

    Best Regards,

  5. wwwwwhaaatttt, you have VSCO??? dude! dude! can you do one of your awesome reviews on it? i am so interested in it but i’ve seen some sample portrait shots with it in which the skin tones are seriously orange… it is cause for concern! what do you think of it? leave no detail out!

    also, dang, japan is crazy photogenic. just crazy.

    1. Ok, I’ll look into that. =)

      You’d probably be interested to know that there’s a section in the VSCO tool kit called “orange skin fix.” I still have yet to fully test these in color portraits, but right now I’d say that the black and whites I’m getting alone are worth buying the whole package for.

      Thanks for the comments everyone!

  6. You take amazing photos. Kyoto is towards the top of my “places I want to visit” list, and the beauty of the city captured by your photographs greatly increases my desire to go.

  7. Love the mood in these. I would love to revisit my China pictures from a few years back to reprocess them. Sadly I didn’t shoot RAW back then. DUMB!!!

  8. Hi! I’ve already commented on this post though have come back with a request: I am going to post one of my Inspirations posts (and example: about Rain and hoped I could use one of your pics (I would credit and ping you back). I really like the 2nd last photo but also the 5th. Would I be able to use either one? Thank you!

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