Colour and mono showdown #5

This image, taken a few minutes after the one in showdown #4, is a tough one. The processing in both of these is a pre set, with nothing else added. The first is my "gentle" pre set and the second my Mono #2 "softer" pre set. The mono looks to be near enough to spot on, but the colour one is lacking, but it has not sent me a hint yet as to what it wants. Maybe the clues are in the mono image.

 Pen EPM-1 14-42 kit lens at 35mm f5.6

Pen EPM-1 14-42 kit lens at 35mm f5.6

The mono image suits, and draws you to the expression on the girls face. I also exaggerates the glow from the bag and the play of shadows on the wall. Again, as with the last showdown image, the less distracting back ground also makes this image stronger. it has two clear layers, but only two and the girl in front is the dominant one. The colour could be processed to match and I am in a colour mood, but I will give this one to the mono conversion as it was effortless, natural.

The lens is a mixed bag. It exhibits good contrast and colour, reasonable bokeh (where possible) and reasonable sharpness. It suffers from flare and my jury rigged hood, made from two stepping rings is not good enough (nor is it good at keeping finger prints off the lens as it turns out). Sometimes on the middle left side of the frame there looks to be some softness, but it is hard to be sure and I am usually shooting pretty loosely.