This is the second in a series of Drink and Click portraits I created with the Fujifilm GFX 50R. I shoot in RAW + JPEG but almost always use the RAW, which I post-process using Capture One 20. Over the years, I’ve dialed in the monochrome look that I like, copying somewhat the look of the Mono Profile 2 JPEG setting out of the Olympus PEN-F camera.
With my desired black and white look established, I’m no longer locked into the PEN-F, getting the freedom to shoot with whatever camera I like. I have a lot more subtle latitude with the GFX files, creating sharp but non-harsh portraits. They look smooth instead of crunchy, which happens when you overwork a file.
I’m liking the way these portraits are turning out, but I’m not sure if that shows through in the images. I fully admit that this may be a physiological effect. Thinking that my new and expensive medium format camera is actually allowing me to create better pictures. This can certainly just be in my head, and perhaps I’m able to get the same images with my “lesser” cameras.
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