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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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10-05-2015, 12:25 AM   #2
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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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