Black and white previews, 28mm-e. But in 4:3.

I read about and saw a video of Ralph Gibson lately, and man was it beautiful, especially his black & white photographs which often looked like they’re in a 4×5 or 8×10 (large) format. But the man had a Leica on his shoulder while talking at a TEDx event somewhere, and so I don’t know much about him.

Still, this (and some other video of Kai Wong showing the Ricoh GR1) led me to mount my Panasonic 14mm/2.5 lens onto my Olympus OM-D E-M10 (first version) again, and to set that little camera to black & white, with a simulated yellow filter. And I also started to take photos in portrait mode (high), rather than in landscape (wide).

One of the advantages of a mirrorless camera is that you’ll instantly see black & white in the viewfinder, so compared to the old film days it’s pretty easy to “pre-visualize” what you’re about to get. Here are three examples, which I converted and corrected a bit with Olympus Viewer 3 (on Windows) and with RawTherapee (on Linux), but they’re pretty much like out of camera:




As always, thanks for reading, and for viewing.