Tag Archives: Fomapan 100

Half Frame Snapshots – Post Box

06-09-22

Saw this makeshift post box outside a church that was having some renovation work carried out. It was really dark and I really didn’t expect much of an image, Fomapan 100 and the little half frame Agfa (and my focus guesstimate) did well here.

Agfa Parat – Fomapan 100 @ 200asa – Ilford Ilfosol

Thursday Doors

10-02-22

My contribution to the “Thursday Doors” over at Dan Antion’s excellent blog, check out the link https://nofacilities.com/2022/02/10/goodbye-wethersfield/ for more great doors.

The Crescent

All images taken on Agfa Parat Half Frame camera, Fomapan 100 @ 200asa, developed in Ilford Ilfosol 3

Apparently in the 1960’s they wanted to demolish these buildings ! thankfully they were repurposed and saved by a local businessman. I really like what we have left of the Georgian style of architecture in the city.

Thursday Doors

From a last September walkabout.

Not too many of these old style shops about anymore. (not Baker Street !)
Side of an old empty factory (now sold)

I took these images with a new to me Half Frame Agfa Parat camera, Fomapan 100 at 200 asa developed in Ilfosol 3. Was so pleased the camera worked as it should, its a fully manual camera so you have to estimate focus distance and exposure. I have the Paramat version too, that one sets the exposure automatically.

To see some more excellent Door photo’s pop over to Dan Antions page.

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.