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10-04-2015, 09:29 PM - 1 Like   #1
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An old 645 portrait



Before digital, there was the Pentax 645, which I lugged around and shot quite a bit with. Then digital happened. Then some years went by (about 10). And, finally, someone called up and asked if I could digitize a few BW portraits I had done of her daughter back in those years.

I wasn't real sure of how to go about that, but jumped in with a 100 macro and the negs sandwiched in an old enlarger negative carrier on top of a light table. Then I had to go online and figure out how to invert the images in Darktable, which I just threw over Lightroom for. (Turns out DT has a native invert procedure, making the whole thing a snap. Who knew?)

So I tried a few of my own family photos in the process. Turns out this 10-year-old one of my son, age 19, was pretty good. No such thing as EXIF in those days, but it was shot on Tri-X 400 with the 150/3.5, probably about f/5.6, with hand held off-camera flash. That background is coastal fog here in Oregon.

I like this so much I might just drag out the 645 and my remaining rolls of film and find the developer and start shooting film again for a while, then scan it in to the computer with a camera. Remember 15 on a roll? Probably be even better with 4x5.


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10-04-2015, 11:06 PM - 1 Like   #2
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Your son kind of bears a resemblance to a young Sting:



Incidentlaly, while not quite EXIF data, one of the advances the the 645N had ove rthe earlier 645 was that it would imprint aperture shutter speed, and lens info on the edge of each frame.
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I do hope the OP's son sings better (although I'ma big fan of Sting's music and have seen him live here in Australia).
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QuoteOriginally posted by bkpix Quote

Remember 15 on a roll? Probably be even better with 4x5.
Luxury. I only get 10 frames per 120 roll on my Pentax 67 and 8 frames on my GSW690III.

It's a decent effort but the tonal scale is not up to medium format film standards. I never went off line when the digital revolution came. I kept shooting my film gear in addition to the new thing.

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The 645n gives you 16 frames instead of 15.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
Luxury. I only get 10 frames per 120 roll on my Pentax 67 and 8 frames on my GSW690III.

It's a decent effort but the tonal scale is not up to medium format film standards. I never went off line when the digital revolution came. I kept shooting my film gear in addition to the new thing.
Yeah, the scale is rather collapsed. Maybe need to work on my camera/scanning process. The original photo doesn't have a huge tonal range because of the flatness of the lighting, which I think is one of its virtues.

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