Category Archives: Film Photography

Photography, 120 Roll Film

“Seasons Greetings”

24-12-19

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It’s been some time since I last posted on the blog. Lots of socialising with old friends who have recently retired and getting in quotes for work that needs to be done on the house, how did I find the time when I was working ? The weather in my part of the UK has been really awful, lots of grey days and rain, when it was OK I took the opportunity to catch up on chores. I have bought a couple of old film cameras that I’m really looking forward to trying out, and blogging about.

Wishing you all a “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays”

Monochrome Wednesday

06-11-19

Flowering Ivy
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Pentax MX – Pentax 50mm f1.7 – +2 Dioptre Filter – Fomapan 100

With all the rain we have had in my part of the UK the Ivy has gone into overdrive, this is the first time I’ve seen it flower.

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.

a) Histogram Black & White Points UnadjustedWP_20191014_12_14_12_Raw copy

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
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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.