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Penelope in Silver Halide
Lens: Pentax-A 35-105 f/3.5 Camera: MX ISO: 3200 
Posted By: oculus, 12-23-2016, 09:47 AM

Here, a photograph of our cat Penelope. The image was made with my trusty Pentax MX and the so-called "stack of primes" on Kodak Tri-X 400 film, pushed three stops in development to 3200. I continue to be amazed at the latitude of this film, and it is no wonder that it still remains a favorite among film photographers. Nice and contrasty pushed three stops, yet even then retains a decent amount of detail in the shadows. I have only been shooting and developing film for a little less than a year; but already I can see the improvement in my digital photography. In black and white photography one is completely at the whim of the light. Form becomes critical in creating a captivating image. That, at least, has been my experience. Merry Christmas, fellow Pentaxians!

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12-23-2016, 10:51 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by oculus Quote
our cat Penelope

Pretty kitty, but don't expect her to wait around... At any rate, a Merry Christmas to you--I'm back to the future as well this upcoming anno Domini, tho' no pets or street for me at $2 a frame .
12-23-2016, 12:07 PM   #3
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$2 a frame .
$2 a frame? What kind of fancy film are you shooting???
12-23-2016, 03:38 PM   #4
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What kind of fancy film are you shooting

Ha, I'm not sure I've thought through the economics of 120 color...five dollars for 12 exposures, then the price of development and scan. I might have to make a virtue out of necessity and go monochrome myself (and get a key made to the darkroom in the Art Department...)

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A lovely shot well done - but my complements to Penelope as well.
It helps to start with a beautiful creature.

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12-23-2016, 05:28 PM   #6
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Pretty cat. (and photo) I hope Santa brings her a stocking full of catnip.
12-24-2016, 06:02 AM   #7
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I might have to make a virtue out of necessity and go monochrome myself (and get a key made to the darkroom in the Art Department...)
This past fall I have been making an effort at shooting monochrome landscapes (just on 35mm). It's a real challenge. Light is everything; and of course you have to use filters to get the tones you want. I find that making the photograph in this way engages my intellect and therefore my imagination far more actively than when I am shooting with my A7R2, as capable as that camera is. There is a serious metaphysical difference (ut mihi videtur) between shooting digital and shooting film that maybe is not always recognized (or it is recognized but voluntarily ignored). When I look through the EVF of my Sony I am given a depiction of the final image as it will look if I press the shutter button. When I press the button, I am essentially saying "fiat" to a rendering not ex origine my own. It is an image which has already been created for me. It is only my duty, then, to say "OK, Computer" (as it were). The problem is obvious. We have reached, here, a photographic analog to "The Singularity". The situation is only stalled when using a DSLR. More happens in the mind, to be sure, but we may readily give our approval or disapproval of the image made seconds later. Oddly enough, what we have seen with the advent of digital photography is not a liberation of the creative possibilities of the mind, as we might have thought, but the reverse, a dull and continuous assent.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wildman Quote
A lovely shot well done - but my complements to Penelope as well.
It helps to start with a beautiful creature.
Thanks!

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QuoteOriginally posted by gifthorse Quote
Pretty cat. (and photo) I hope Santa brings her a stocking full of catnip.
She has already developed a taste for Christmas tree branches. Your suggestion, I'm afraid, would only make her more ravenous.
12-24-2016, 11:42 AM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by oculus Quote
"OK, Computer"

No doubt Thom Yorke would approve... At any rate, I'll have to finesse some physical (dis)abilities but I'm looking forward to seeing what the world looks like in that new/old medium--it ought to break me of pixel-peeping, anyway. In not-unrelated news, I do have my K20/4 up for sale--nice and wide, with Zeiss like sharpness...and of course, the customary academic discount if you've been trying to explain metempsychosis to butt-chuggers and blackout grrrls all semester.

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Thom Yorke
I was hoping you would get the reference; though, come to think of it, I don't think there is a reference you wouldn't get. The 20/4 is a tempting lens, and I may have to bite. My M-28 2.8 is fine, even good, for street (given its diminutive size), but has become something of a liability in landscape work. The next logical step, of course, is the one which you are taking into the medium format.

Here's an example of the kind of thing I've been doing with the 28. Aside from the mistakes I made in development (temperature too high making the blown highlights), the lens just isn't sharp enough (notice OK sharpness in center but blurry nonsense in the top branches) and I eschew the thought of digital corrections to scans of negatives -- kind of defeats the purpose.

I will envy your access to a darkroom, should you gain it. I shall likely remain forever twiddling the agitator stick on my Paterson tank.

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