A few days ago, I mentioned that my friend asked me, what makes the Olympus PEN-F so special. There’s actually a few good reasons, but the most important for me is the creativity it has sparked in my photography. I thought today’s photo is a good example.
By almost every measure, this is an imperfect photo of what looks like a bar. But what if clean perfection is not what I was after? What if I wanted to create a perfect photo of imperfection — to capture a mood or evoke an emotion?
This is an out of camera JPEG from the Olympus PEN-F, set to my usual “Mono Profile 2” mode. This is what I saw through the viewfinder, which helps me create photos that I would have never made before. A photo that I wouldn’t have shot with a Sony A7 III. Why? Because the A7 III is a camera for capturing sharp images at the extremes. Extremes like low-light.
Let’s be clear, I can create higher quality images with the Olympus, if I wanted to. And, you can use the Sony to create low-fi images like this. But, would you? When a company, the media and people brag about perfecting images at the extremes, that’s what becomes expected. It sets a norm and it clouds options. Limits foster creativity. Reducing limits, reduces creativity.
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