After lugging around a classic 1kg+ film camera with me last weekend, and carefully exposing 37 frames of Tri-X film (see my previous post), I started trying to recreate that beautifully contrasty and grainy Eikoh Hosoe look with a more portable camera.
The problem is, digital cameras tend to produce very clean and well behaved color image files – not the look I was intending to get.
Luckily, the Ricoh GR provides an easy solution. Its high-contrast B&W setting gave me exactly what I was looking for.
Daido Moriyama, who was heavily influenced by Hosoe, is reportedly the inspiration for this feature, and he presumedly guided the designers and engineers at Ricoh when they implemented it.
The Olympus E-M5 can’t reproduce the same look with in-camera raw conversion (see this previous post on OOC JPEG tools), but just a few tweaks with the level tool in Aperture, a little contrast enhancement, and maybe a touch of vignetting, and I was able to get pretty close.
Let me know what you think. Do you like the original, real film grain from my previous post, or do you see proof that digital is not only able to equal it, but now surpasses film as a medium for B&W photography? Inquiring minds want to know.
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