When I added the three portraits from the SXSW Olympus Drink and Click, you might have guessed from the titles that I was up to something. Here’s “Elena in Monochrome” to pair with “Elena in Color”, which I posted a few days ago.
I’ve shot a lot of black and white portraits lately with my Olympus PEN-F and I was considering just posting monochromes again, like I did for the SXSW ’17 Portrait series. But, when I saw the rich red curtains, and the contrast with Elena’s bluish outfit, I also fell in love with the color.
This black and white is straight out of the camera, with no modifications. I used the PEN-F’s built-in contrasty Tri-X like film simulation. With the simulated film grain and high contrast, there’s less detail which is part of its old-timey charm. I like both but I prefer the color.
I shot both RAW and JPEG, as I often do on the PEN-F. This is the identical exposure as the color version but with the in-camera effect applied.
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