fair point, context is everything
Westons Pepper No. 30 got over $3 million at auction and I thought sure, for 3 mill I could do that. Turns out no I couldn’t.
Options, find an ugly wrinkled pepper that’ll throw deeper shadows or crank up the contrast, tone curve (other?) and force that sickly grey* to a darker black
yours turned out pretty good, will have a look at the xmp
I applied a pretty steep manual tone curve to get the global contrast and then tried to find a balance for the local contrast (did push the sliders a fair bit). These changes can surely also be done in filmic + DoS, but i often like the easier approach of tone curve and local contrast.
Also tried with the R, G and B slider in color calibration for the b/w conversion, but couldn’t settle for something specific.
I think, it’s a delicate task, to find just the right balance for a fine tonality. I’m also interested in other approaches.