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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:33 am 
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These are some great shots. The color in the second to last image is spectacular!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:59 pm 
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Thanks Aaron! It was shot on Velvia 100 4x5 and the colors on the slide are stunning - one of my favorite films to shoot on.

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They have a certain something that I can't put my finger on, but it must be the film effect. Some nice shots there.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:00 am 
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Thank you Paul. It may be the extra range that film captures and also these are either on Medium Format or Large Format negatives which have a really nice grain to them.

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These are great. I love the range of tones in the black and whites, what b&w film are you using and how are you rating it?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:47 am 
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Thanks Mrs J - the range is unbelievable on a black and white film. I guess you don't really know it until you start shooting it yourself :) I shoot Tmax 400 at 100,200, and 400 depending on the need and available light. I mostly use my Mamiya RB67 ProS that only goes to 1/400 fastest speed so I find myself shooting at 200 most of the time in daylight and occasionally at 100 if I need the lenses wide open for portraits.

I shoot on HP5+ on 4x5 because it's much cheaper and renders and also has very fine grain. This film does great at ISO ranges 200 - 600 but I typically shoot it at 400.

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Do you ever shoot Tri-X 400? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts between it and the Tmax if so.
I almost exclusively shoot tri-x but actually cannot remember why anymore. I know years ago there was something that made me settle on it (after trying tmax and such) but cannot remember what that was exactly.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:26 pm 
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I have very limited experience shooting Tri-X in 35mm and Medium Formats when I hadn't fully mastered the development process. Looking at my negatives, I would say that there is more grain on the Tri-X but this could just be developing process. Kodak does market TMAX as their "finest grain" film and I would agree with it.

I think either film can be great once you get the process down to how you want the image to look. I have heard that TX usually has greater contrast which may be helpful if you are making darkroom prints because I almost always need filters to boost contrast for TMAX.

Sorry - not much help here :)

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I think I'll need to buy a bit of film stock and go through the whole experimenting process again. Now that I think of it- my new house could probably support a full darkroom set up. Now you've given me ideas.

Anyway, I love looking through your images. It reminds me off everything I love about film and has made me want to get the hasselblad out a bit more. Love the soft colours that you just don't really see much from digital sources.

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I didn't see a huge difference between Tmax and a TriX. I guess I would say Tmax has finer grain but TriX pushes better.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:12 pm 
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Soft colors is one of my favorite things about negative color film. I have fallen in love with Portra and have recently started working with Ektar but haven't figured out the workflow just yet. I just developed some Portra images of my son that I'll be posting soon and the film just amazes me every time I shoot it.

In case it helps, here is a full res scan of a TMAX 400 negative (pulled to ISO 200) from a 6x7 Medium Format scan that shows the grain properties of TMAX.

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Some really nice work here. For me the standouts are 1, 6 and 8, probably in reverse order.

I love the tones in #1, and I think the square crop works well here. In a perfect world, the baby carriage wouldn't be there, but probably not in your control. I think I might have waited a few seconds longer so the half man cut off by the sign would become a full person, and add some visual interest to the right.

#2. I'd want to straighten the verticals, but that may be my OCD showing. The partial umbrella on the right bothers me, a few steps forward to get rid of that, and the light with the distracting parking sign. I'm not sure what else. Maybe if the cars weren't there.

#3. I like the tones and contrast, I'm just not settling on a subject. The reflections of the trees are nice though.

#4. Kinda the same as #3, nice tones, could maybe use a touch more contrast, but not sure about the subject.

#5. This one almost made my pick list. I like it, but it may be the busy background that kept it out of the list. There's that one line on upper right that is bright and in focus that kinda draws attention away.

#6. My first SLR was the Canon A-1, the big brother of the AE-1. A nice clean background, great tone and contrast. A great B&W product shot.

#7. Same idea as #6, but the exposure isn't as good. There's a lot of detail missing in the bellows of the camera, and there's whatever that is sticking in at the bottom.

#8. Love the colours! A much better take on the scene then #4

#9. Yeah, back to being left wondering what the subject is, and it's really missing some foreground interest for me.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:29 am 
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Mike,

Thanks for taking the time to write detailed critique - really appreciate it. You pointed out things in these images that I never saw before and this is particularly true for #1. I am happy to know that my latest images made "your list" which shows that I am moving in the right direction :)

Additional details on #7 - There is plenty of detail in the negative and the original scan. I was struggling to find a balance with the contract and eventually settled on what you are looking at there. BTW, the object on the bottom is a torn negative. I still make mistakes when loading film on reels no matter how many times I have done this now. If I could I have it my way, I would stick to sheet film but that gets expensive :)

Thanks again for very helpful feedback!

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