Posts Tagged ‘ film ’

Parade Flags

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Just as a quick aside, I really need to figure out how to reduce the dust that gets onto my negatives. It’s really bad. I’d be willing to bet it’s a combination of dust on the negatives and dust on (in?) the scanner. Aargh.

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House plant

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Stella looking odd

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Stella looking odd

Okay, I’ll grant you that she is looking a bit odd in this picture. And I’ll even grant you that given the black of her eyes you could even say she looks down right freaky. But I still like this picture. To me it’s got this sort of Victorian quality that I really can’t justify or describe. It’s just what I see I suppose. I’m definitely going to mark this one for printing. 

 

Shot on TMAX 400, 35mm.

Around the Sandbox

I developed a roll of film two days ago and yesterday was my first chance to look at the negs. I never remember what’s on one roll or the other. It’s a surprise every time. I remember seeing this picture. We were all around the sandbox in the backyard (with me lugging around my C330). At the time it was the reflection in her eyes that made me want to take a picture. Looking at it now, it seems to be a secondary draw in the picture. Luck favors the bold I suppose.

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I also managed to grab this picture of Sarah and Norah. I quite like it. But, of course, I’m highly biased. I say grabbed, but really there’s no grabbing a shot with the Mamiya. It takes me forever to focus!

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Finally, this was our attempt at a group shot. Suffice to say that I had many hostile models that morning.

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Arboretum Entrance

Arboretum Entrance

It’s a bit stark and bleak, no? We are heading towards winter and so all the plants, flowers, and leaves are gone.

6cmx6xm negative scanned then toned in Lightroom.

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U of I Arboretum

University of Illinois Arboretum

I shot a roll of film at the University of Illinois Arboretum last week. I’ll be posting a few pictures over the coming days.

Scanned and toned in Lightroom.

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TMAX Push

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Lucy looking out the window (larger)

Continuing my trials with medium format, I wanted to try push processing. I am using TMAX 400 (TMY) and wanted to push it to ISO3200. When shooting around the house (especially in the winter), certainly 400 is too slow, and 1600 is pushing what I’m comfortable with hand-holding. Hence my desire for pushing to 3200.

Yes, I could use a bounce flash (sometimes) but I’ve not worked that out yet. Those are tests for a different roll.

I’d have to say that I’ve got mixed reactions. The picture above seemed to turn out okay. The contrast is definitely more that ISO400, but I think it’s okay.

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Lily in the basement (larger)

The next picture is more typical of when I’d use a high speed push: in our basement. While there are several can lights in the ceiling, I meter to f/4 @ 1/30 (if I remember correctly) @ ISO 3200. It’s a high contrast pic, to be sure. I’m not terribly fond of the picture, but this just may be the overhead lighting and the subsequent shadows it produces on Lily’s face.

One aspect of shooting with the C330 is that I’ve only got full stops to work with. If I meter for anything in between, I invariably choose more light as opposed to less.

For what it’s worth, all of my development has been in XTOL replenished at stock strength. I’ve thought about trying XTOL 1:1 or 1:2, but that will burn through my developer pretty quickly. Using it replenished is very economical. 

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