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Steve Gosling reviews the IQ3 100MP Achromatic

Landscape photographer, Steve Gosling, recently took to the English and Scottish coast and countryside, with the IQ3 100MP Achromatic digital back in tow. He shares his thoughts on black and white photography and Phase One’s latest digital back. Back to the roots of my passion for photography I’ve been taking photographs since the age of 7 and when I started out B&W film was the only realistic option (colour film was expensive to buy and to process) so I grew up seeing the world as a B&W photograph. Now, I sometimes find colour to be a distraction that gets in the way of what I’m trying to say about my chosen subject. My natural preference for black & white photography has moved me towards a more abstract style which is very graphic and minimalist. I take a reductionist approach to composition – taking out elements to simplify the design of a photograph as much as I can (and that includes removing colour). And B&W suits the graphic nature of my work where the emphasis is …

Cityscape and architecture with the IQ3 100MP Achromatic

The IQ3 100MP Achromatic

The new IQ3 100MP Achromatic Digital Back is built upon the IQ3 platform and is a project I had looked forward to for quite some time. Built with a newly designed, dedicated sensor that removes the Bayer Color Filter, while retaining all the versatility and functionality of the IQ3 100MP, its promise had me anxiously awaiting the day when I could put the detail and quality to the test. That day finally came in mid-April and I’m happy to be able to share the results with you now. The IQ3 100MP Achromatic in use Designing a back that focuses only on Black and White photography can be challenging and to say I was impressed with the final results is an understatement. Black and white photography is something unique. With all the work and testing I do with our color systems, the specialized applications and benefits of an Achromatic back were a welcome challenge. By focusing on the detail render and functionality features, we are able to produce images that speak to what is at the …