Category Archives: Analogue Photography

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 !

PhotoBuddies
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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.

Monochrome Wednesday

28-08-19

Somewhere In Oregon
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Olympus OM2sp, Zuiko 24mm, Ilford SFX, Red Filter.

Another image from the archive taken on the road to Crater Lake, which followed the course of this river for quite some distance. There was hardly any other traffic on the road, and I remember stopping at a roadside cafe that was made from an old time railway caboose, lovely.

Monochrome Wednesday

21-08-19

Stanton Moor Bronze Age Stone Circle
Stanton Moor Stone Circle
Olympus OM2n, 24mm Zuiko, Red Filter, Kodak Tri-X.

A foggy day at Stanton Moor Derbyshire. An image from the archive for Leanne Coles “Monochrome Wednesday” Challenge. 

 

Monochrome Wednesday

14-08-19

Here’s my contribution for Leanne Coles Monochrome Wednesday challenge.

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Minolta X700, Minolta 35-70mm f3.5, Kodak TriX, Ilford ID11

Took this image in the local Botanic Gardens using my Minolta 35-70mm zoom for the first time, must say I’m quite impressed with the lens especially as it only cost £9.99p.

Monochrome Wednesday

07-08-19

Looking for images for a future blog post I came across a few negatives I’d scanned in a while ago (of course I didn’t find the ones I was looking for !) I thought this one would be good for Leanne Cole’s “Monochrome Wednesday” challenge.

Latvian Forest
Latvia Konica IR Trees RGB Portrait
Olympus OM2n, Vivitar 19mm, Konica ir750 infrared film, Red filter.

I took this image in 1993 whilst wandering around Latvia in my uncle’s old Moskvitch car that he kindly insured and placed at my disposal. It was great being on the road at that time, there was so little traffic about once you got out of the confines Riga.

 

 

Solar Flare #2

28-07-19

After fitting new light seals to my Minolta X700 film camera a trip out was needed to see if I had managed to cure the light leak or if there was a more serious problem with the shutter. So now having the luxury of a car I took a drive out to one of my favourite country parks “Bradgate Park” I really needed the exercise too, felt like my legs were seizing up, been way too hot for walking.

Bright Bracken
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There are odd patches of lighter coloured Bracken, and with a Red filter on the front of the lens this darkens the Greens and makes the lighter colours pop.

Double Oak
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Protected #1
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Cones
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Used the 35-70mm zoom for this with an Orange filter.

Protected #2
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Not So Bright Bracken
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No Way
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Ruins Of Lady Jane Grey’s House (the nine day queen)
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It is said to be haunted !!!!

I used Kodak TriX 400 for these shots and developed the film in Ilford ID11 1+1, still got loads of specks on the film, I can only think its the wetting agent I use in the final rinse, it’s quite a few years old, a new bottle is on order.

Well it seems the new light seals have sorted the flare problem, so glad it wasn’t the shutter.