I thought for a second of calling this shot, "This is Why I Shoot Chrome!" but opted not to as many of you would be wondering what the heck I'm talking about. Those of you old enough to have some grey in your hair as I do will know what I am talking about. Those of you that grew up shooting digital and calling film "Analogue" are probably scratching your head. Chrome is another term used for slide film...Ektachrome, Kodachrome (RIP), Fujichrome, etc. There is a certain quality of film, especially slide film, that digital just cannot match. The color and contrast and the subtle nuances of chrome just cannot be duplicated with a CMOS or CCD sensor or any software known to man. This shot is as straight out of the camera as one can get with film scanning. I made a slight exposure adjustment and added a bit of recovery slider to knock down the highlights. I also added a bit of sharpening as that is needed when scanning and has nothing to do with the amazing detail that one gets in shooting large format film. There was no color temperature adjustment, no saturation adjustment, no other adjustments were made as none were needed. My original scan was done at 2,400 dpi with 24 bit color and came in at 300Mb in size. From there, I downsized the image to get it acceptable to Flickr's file size limits, but that was all that was done.
For those of you wondering what the white spots are in the upper right corner of the frame, that is where the clip was holding the film during the dunk tank processing.
Camera: Toyo Field 45CF
Lens: Fujinon 90mm f/8.0 SW w/Seiko #0 Shutter
Exposure: 1/8 Second @f/64
Tripod: Benro A-169 w/B-0 Ball Head
Film: Kodak Ektachrome 100G Professional
Scanner: Epson V750-M Pro
This image is © Douglas Bawden Photography, please do not use without prior permission.
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