A Couple at Dusk

A Couple at Dusk - Utrecht, Netherlands

A Couple at Dusk – Utrecht, Netherlands

From what I can tell, this is a popular tourist area in Utrecht with loads of people during the day. At dusk however, it became rather quiet, catching this couple alone on the street. The lights just turned on but it was bright enough that the colors were rather boring. The post processed monochrome treatment created a more interesting picture.

I feature a lot of black and whites these days, but back in 2014, I created less of them, especially shot with the Fujifilm X100S. Back then, with my various cameras, I shot in color, either in JPEG or RAW, and converted to monochrome in post. It wasn’t until the Pentax Q7, and now the Olympus PEN-F, where I extensively use in-camera black and white JPEGs.

I wasn’t too fond of the X100S black and white mode, either. It didn’t have enough contrast and bite to them. The current X100F has the Acros film simulation which looks a lot better. Luckily, my black and white post processing skills in Capture One have improved. In this photo, I’ve added vignetting and simulated film grain to produce what I call a “Film-ish” photograph — a digital that apes the look of film.

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8 thoughts on “A Couple at Dusk

    1. Thanks, Mike. It will be interesting to compare my post processing vs the new Acros film simulation. But, alas, I don’t have a Fujifilm camera with Acros.

  1. Hi, I found your blog really interesting!
    Would you recommend Fuji X100F with the Acros film simulation or PEN-F as a travel camera with some preference towards B&W with possible post processing in C1?
    Both are beautiful, but X100F seems to be of a bit more compact size due to integrated lens…
    It would be excellent if could compare both cameras on your blog too 🙂

    1. Thank you, Elem. I have not used the X100F extensively but I have played with it. It’s a very nicely updated version of the X100S, that I own.

      This is how I see it. In theory, the X100F will give a higher image quality especially at higher ISOs, because it has a larger sensor than the PEN-F. However, the PEN-F has fantastic image stabilization, which the X100F lacks. I prefer having image stabilization, it is a key feature for the types of photos I take.

      The PEN-F black and white processing is going to be more contrasty with darker shadows than the Acros simulation with the X100F.

      Yes, the X100F is going to be more compact. If you are perfectly fine with just having a 35mm equivalent lens, then it may be a good choice for you.

      All told, even though the Olympus might be larger, depending on the lens, it has more versatility because of the interchangeable lenses and image stabilization. The PEN-F is also going to focus faster and is built a little better.

      I prefer the PEN-F over the X100F. But I can definitely see why some will prefer the X100F over the PEN-F.

      1. Thank you for your valuable comments!
        Being interested in B&W photography I’ve found the following comment on a different site [https://www.mikemayer.photography/fuji-x100f-the-storytelling-machine/]: “The difference by black & white photography between Acros film simulation with the Fuji and Monochrome (mono-mode 2) with the PEN-F is also not so big. Acros is a little bit more smooth, Monochrome has more contrast in the highlights. But you can also change the respective settings on both cameras. A small advantage of the Fuji is, that you can capture RAW files and develop them with the Acros film simulation or any other film simulation in Lightroom with the settings in camera calibration. The PEN-F takes the Monochrome pictures only as a jpg. file.”
        Is that really a problem?

      2. Hi Elem, I’ve heard but have not personally confirmed that there are some processing issues with Fuji RAW files with Lightroom. Something about strange “wormy” patterns in the processing when viewed at 100%.

        I would double check to see if this is still true.

        For me, since I’ve gotten experienced with black and white processing in Capture One, and there are also actions to do this, it’s not a concern in using the PEN-F.

        Sounds like you are leading towards the Fuji. It’s a fine camera. If you can, play with both cameras, in hand, that’s what I would suggest, before buying one. Ultimately, you will enjoy the camera the feels better for you.

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