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09-09-2011, 10:42 PM   #2686
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When I visited northern British Columbia last month I went back and visited the ranch I grew up on. I brought my 67 along to try and capture a few images from my childhood memories. To me this one image seems to capture the essence of the ranch.

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Looks like a lovely day in the country, beautiful.

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Am hunting for a half decent scanner, but my wife would kill me if I splashed out on a 2.5k machine (am walking a tightrope as it is!). Am considering some of the Canon or Epson flatbeds, not perfect by any means but will have to take control of the scans and eventually the negative processing too
Looks kinda like the lab has pumped up the blacks and the 'clarity' slider heaps, and maybe over sharpened with a large radius. The second one, should not have such a grainy sky IMO.
Whatever they have done, it's not showing off the tones very well.
Although the 645 negative is smaller, I'd suggest looking closely at tuco's 400 TMAX shots to get an idea of what the film's capable of.

What do the negatives look like? Reasonably contrasty, ie. dense?
I'm sure you could do a much better job on the scans doing them yourself.
I use the Epson V700 and I'd recommend it in general. It's quite a versatile machine however considerably more expensive than the V500/600.

Anyway, congrats on your first bit of film in the 645!

QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
You're going to really appreciate that 645D more when you have to scan BW. You don't get ICE and if you use a glass carrier like mine, it is a real pain to keep the dust off. I have to spend some time after each BW scan with the healing tool to clean it up.
Yeah I bet. I'm almost always cleaning up dust after scanning. But if you're happy with the end result, it's not a problem...

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QuoteOriginally posted by goddo31 Quote
Looks like a lovely day in the country, beautiful.



Looks kinda like the lab has pumped up the blacks and the 'clarity' slider heaps, and maybe over sharpened with a large radius. The second one, should not have such a grainy sky IMO.
Whatever they have done, it's not showing off the tones very well.
Although the 645 negative is smaller, I'd suggest looking closely at tuco's 400 TMAX shots to get an idea of what the film's capable of.

What do the negatives look like? Reasonably contrasty, ie. dense?
I'm sure you could do a much better job on the scans doing them yourself.
I use the Epson V700 and I'd recommend it in general. It's quite a versatile machine however considerably more expensive than the V500/600.

Anyway, congrats on your first bit of film in the 645!




Yeah I bet. I'm almost always cleaning up dust after scanning. But if you're happy with the end result, it's not a problem...
That may well be partly my fault as the sky was overexposed and I tried to recover some detail in it as I liked the sky. The scans from the previous day were truly awful. Hair, dust, dirt, you name it, it was there. There was also a smear effect on them. These scans were infinitely better and done by a guy who shoots 120 with a Bronica.

This is a shot I took 5 minutes later with my 645D, main difference was that the sun was in a cloud when I took this one and was shooting portrait. But it was the same lens




I'll certainly look at the scanner options you've suggested - I know that the V600 is about £230 here so would be an inexpensive start. I know that the v700 and v750 are a jump ahead pricewise, but may well look at these also.

Updated to add - Have just ordered the V600. That will take some of the cost away - but add little work my way....

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QuoteOriginally posted by itshimitis Quote
That may well be partly my fault as the sky was overexposed and I tried to recover some detail in it as I liked the sky. The scans from the previous day were truly awful. Hair, dust, dirt, you name it, it was there. There was also a smear effect on them. These scans were infinitely better and done by a guy who shoots 120 with a Bronica.

This is a shot I took 5 minutes later with my 645D, main difference was that the sun was in a cloud when I took this one and was shooting portrait. But it was the same lens

I'll certainly look at the scanner options you've suggested - I know that the V600 is about £230 here so would be an inexpensive start. I know that the v700 and v750 are a jump ahead pricewise, but may well look at these also.

Updated to add - Have just ordered the V600. That will take some of the cost away - but add little work my way....
That was a quick decision
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QuoteOriginally posted by goddo31 Quote
That was a quick decision
Well at £200 and the 700 at 450 fairly easy decision. If I could have got it past the wife ffordes in Scotland are selling a coolscan 8000 for £1400 second hand.

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Voigtländer Bessa III with Tmax 400 @ EI 400, developed in Tmax developer 1+4...













And a little bonus pic of me shooting the last one.

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An afternoon with my father in law at a lawn bowls game

A miserable day in Wales, but I braved the weather as the players did, and my father in law's bowls team won promotion today to the next league despite being down on all rinks at one point to the side that were nipping at their heels in the league. If they hadn't come back, then they would not have won promotion.

Just as the players meet up at the start after the 'practise ends':

Pentax 645D Pentax A 200mm f/11 1/100 ISO 400




The skipper of one rink surveys the 'head' being built up by his fellow players:

Pentax 645D A 200m f/11 1/125 ISO 800




A player asks his skipper which way he wants him to play:

645D A 200 f/11 1/160 ISO 800




Backhand it is! (you can tell as there is a spot sticker on the backhand side and a circle on the forehand - many players get the wrong 'bias' and the bowl flies off on to another rink sometimes causing chaos! I've done it a few times!) The score card you can see is the score card for my father in law's group of four, and they ended up 10-0 down before winning 18-12, a good fightback!

645D A 200mm f/5.6 1/200 ISO 500




And three players bowl at the same time

645D A 200 f/11 1/125 ISO 800 with a square crop




And finally - it was quite a gloomy day, although it did eventually stop raining, and they got the result that mattered:

Pentax 645D FA 55-110 at 60mm f/11 1/160 ISO 500


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QuoteOriginally posted by Makten Quote
Voigtländer Bessa III with Tmax 400 @ EI 400, developed in Tmax developer 1+4...

And a little bonus pic of me shooting the last one.
Hey, you're standing on my car! Nice stuff.
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Re-visited the waterfall late yesterday afternoon and tried out some Efke 25.
The slow speed was handy for blurring the water, but damn the emulsion is fragile!
Here's a shot where the gelatin didn't come unstuck.

P67, 200/4, Efke 25



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QuoteOriginally posted by goddo31 Quote
Re-visited the waterfall late yesterday afternoon and tried out some Efke 25.
The slow speed was handy for blurring the water, but damn the emulsion is fragile!
Here's a shot where the gelatin didn't come unstuck.

P67, 200/4, Efke 25



Fine tendrils of water are nicely captured. The composition would not work otherwise. Good job.
You will get used to Efke 25 it is not too bad really. I am not using it anymore lately because of the strong contrast (might buy more during the winter).

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A few photos of today, Vevey Retro:

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DFA645 25/4, 1/160s f/9.0 at 25.0mm iso100


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DFA645 25/4, 1/500s f/9.0 at 25.0mm iso100


3
FA645 200/4, 1/640s f/4.0 at 200.0mm iso100


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DFA645 25/4, 1/1250s f/5.0 at 25.0mm iso100


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DFA645 25/4, 1/640s f/5.0 at 25.0mm iso100


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FA645 75/2.8, 1/1000s f/2.8 at 75.0mm iso100


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FA645 75/2.8, 1/2000s f/5.0 at 75.0mm iso100


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DFA645 25/4, 1/1600s f/5.0 at 25.0mm iso100


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DFA645 25/4, 1/2000s f/4.0 at 25.0mm iso100
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QuoteOriginally posted by Makten Quote


And a little bonus pic of me shooting the last one.
Too bad you had to burn Tuco's car to get the shot.
Like the second shot also - strong contrast would you consider a tiny bit of perspective correction in LR or CS?

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Columbia Tower, Seattle, reaching into the upper fog

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Cool shot as usual, I like the bit of tree to make a contrast with the structure at the bottom left.

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A few postcard style shots for the tourist in me...









And a slightly different point of view of Lake Louise than the usual.





All 4x5 FP4+ Pyrocat MC

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goddo31, nice waterfall photo. I have 6 stop ND filters so I don't have to use ultra slow film. And the DSLRs I've had don't go down to ISO 50 or 25, making the filters a must have with those cameras.

tcom, the antique car photos are awesome!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
Hey, you're standing on my car! Nice stuff.
Sorry! I think this is a good example of when tripods are out of the question. It was shot at 1/60 and f/11.

QuoteOriginally posted by lbenac Quote
Too bad you had to burn Tuco's car to get the shot.
Like the second shot also - strong contrast would you consider a tiny bit of perspective correction in LR or CS?
I did "overcook" that one a bit, with separate curves for the sky and the rest. Should have done more global adjustments instead.
Yes, it would probably benefit from a slight perspective correction! I don't know why, but even with this rangefinder I try not to crop the images at all. Not that it matters, but it gives me a feelng of "trueness".

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Two more from the same roll now:









The first one is a good example of why rangefinders can be tricky. I framed the shot so that the upper part of the window would just touch the frameline, and I thought that the 88% view would give some space above it. But because of parallax and the relatively short distance, the composition became a bit too tight.

Edit: And by the way! Look at this 100% crop @ 2400 DPI from the second shot. It's not sharpened at all, which shows what the Epson V700 can do, and also how very nice Tmax 400 is:



And with smart sharpening, 0.3 pixel radius, 400%:



This is just amazing for such an inexpensive scanner. The key is of course that the film is flat, which depends a lot on how you let it dry after developing.

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