I was thankful for the Daily Inspiration #350 photos of Marko Hehl. He made nice use of the Olympus Grainy Film mode which I believe is more than just a fancy effect for a digital camera. The Olympus grainy film mode is like having a roll of Neopan 1600 or even Ilford 3200 at your fingertips and the “live view” allows you to carefully tune the exposure “in camera” to produce some amazing contrasts and textures and dream like effects with no lengthy post production.
For me B&W has a power, a dream like character, a simplicity, and grainy film mode in the Olympus is a rare tool for teaching a photographer the impact of light, shadow and texture.
On this note I have included three photos I took with my Olympus E-PL2 in the grainy film mode. These are all right out of camera and were shot with the simple basic 14-42mm kit lens. These shots are all closed down to 5.6 and above and feature “No Bokeh”.
I know we all get caught up in great lenses and bokeh and pixel peeping and I am just as guilty of this as anyone. But sometimes we need to step back and realize that some of the greatest B&W pics taken in the world, (think Salgado) the ones that have made history, gave no consideration to Bokeh or ultimate resolution. It was all composition, subject and the imagination and eye of the photographer to recognize subject potential and control the light, shadow and texture to bring impact to the photo.