Category Archives: Black & White

Monochrome Wednesday

13-11-19

Last week I went to The British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire with some old friends that I’ve known since the early 1960’s. The lens on my Olympus EPL1 has given up the ghost, it’s a fault with an internal ribbon cable according to the web, and quite common, so I took my old Olympus E620 along instead, it’s a bit noisier at higher iso’s but it didn’t do too badly.

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Speed 14 Saloon.

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Gas turbine Prototype.

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I have a bit of a soft spot for Rovers, I had a 1953 Rover 75 in the late 1970’s, exactly the same as the one in the picture above, and in the 1980’s I worked at an electrical engineering factory that made gas turbines

Jaguars
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1932 -16hp coupe.

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1935 Airline, love the style of this one, so elegant.

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Aluminium XJ.

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James Bond XKR, there have been a few times when I wished I had one of these on the roof of my car.

Daimler
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1950 Daimler “Green Goddess” coupe, and a bit of a selfie.

It was a great day out with good company. 

Scanning 35mm Black & White Negs And A Sunbeam

“Warning” this post contains some technical stuff, if this causes you to experience yawning or a mild case of narcolepsy just skip to the last image.

The screenshot below shows the interface for the Nikon Scan software that I use for scanning in 35mm film, Pentax MX and Fomapan 100 in this case.

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It looks a bit daunting at first but I find it quite intuitive, and it’s easy to turn all the enhancements on or off.

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This is the histogram display with a straight scan from the negative. I scan my Black and White negatives as a positive and invert the image in post processing. It seems to capture all the tones a bit better doing it this way. The small spike on the left is before adjusting the image size where it has picked up a bit of the area outside the negative frame.

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This is the cropped and inverted straight scan of the image. I’ve noticed on various social media sites some people make a thing about the fact it’s a straight scan, but to my eyes at least, it looks too flat.

b)Histogram Adjusted to Black & White Points
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I’ve adjusted the Black & White points (circled in Red) to just touch the histogram, this is the useful information captured by the film and scanner..

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To me it’s starting to look more like the scene I saw when I took the shot.

c) Nikon Scan Image Enhancer
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By selecting Nikon Scan Image Enhancer (SIE) from the scan menu it cuts into the histogram a little and gives a bit more contrast to the image.

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It does a really good job on some images, but a touch too contrasty for me.

1930’s Sunbeam – The Final Image
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Using scan b), Cropped in a bit tighter, some sharpening added, a small amount of clarity and a touch of vignette.

 

Monochrome Wednesday

25-09-19

Steps In The Woods
Lathkil Dale Step Ladder #2
Olympus OM2n – Vivitar 19mm f3.8 – Konica ir750 film.

This is an old one from the archive, mid 1990’s I think. Taken on a walk in Lathkil Dale  Derbyshire. I was quite surprised to see these steps abandoned in the woods, they were nicely covered in moss. It was quite dark and I thought the image would be underexposed, the lens was wide open (not good for the Vivitar) but the lovely Konica infrared film didn’t let me down.

Monochrome Wednesday (PhotoBuddies Outing)

18-09-19

Another contribution to “Monochrome Wednesday” combined with the PhotoBuddies outing to the Lincolnshire coast.

When I developed this film I thought I had already put 2 films through the stock developer solution so increased the developing time to compensate, I hadn’t put any films through, in consequence this roll was overdeveloped, but thanks to the latitude of Ilford HP5+ and with some help from Lightroom I managed to retrieve some images. 

Wide Open Spaces
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The sea goes out a long way at low tide in this area.

Failed Group Shot
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Placed the camera on the tripod, set the self timer and dashed back to the PhotoBuddies, the wind caught the camera strap and masked us out perfectly !

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That’s me on the right.

Tank
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The military use this area for target practice, hence the old tank chassis. Apparently
it’s an A34 Comet Tank.

Danger Zone
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Do not enter when Red flags are flying.

Military Buildings
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It was a great PhotoBuddies outing. We went down the coast a bit to Mablethorpe, a very traditional seaside resort. Had some really excellent Fish & Chips and a walk along the sea front. Took some images with my film compact camera, will post these soon.

Monochrome Wednesday

11-09-19

Launde Abbey
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Olympus OM2sp – Zuiko 28mm f 2.0 – Ilford HP5+ – Ilford ID11

Took this image on Sunday (08-09-19) It was a lovely day, and so was the lunch in the Abbey Cafe. Thought I had already used the developer for 2 films so increased the development time, of course I hadn’t ! This over developed the film blowing some of the highlights, with the help of Lightroom I managed to get some reasonable images.