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San Francisco City Hall in Giants Orange No.2 - Large Format Film | by Douglas Bawden Photography
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San Francisco City Hall in Giants Orange No.2 - Large Format Film

In honor of the San Francisco Giants winning the National League Championship and playing in the World Series, many buildings in San Francisco including City Hall are illuminated in orange. A couple of photos previous in my photostream is a shot that I did with my Canon 40D. What you see here was done with my large format film camera.

 

If you look at the two images, you will see a difference between them. I shot this image with Fuji Velvia, which, other than Kodak Ektachrome VS (which stands for vivid saturation), is probably the slide film with the highest saturation on the market today. I actually had to decrease the saturation in this image to keep the oranges from being blown out. You will also notice a difference in how the two reproduce the light in the foreground coming from the street lights. The digital sensor gives the light a more pronounced green tint, while the film gives a more natural reproduction. The digital image has more detail in the shadows, which I helped bring out with the slip of a slider in photoshop, while the slide film has darker shadows and higher contrast than the digital. While the digital image is closer to what the eye sees and I can appreciate a well done HDR image, I actually prefer the feeling that the slide film evokes.

 

Also, there is no digital sensor out there that can touch the resolution that I get with large format film. I usually do not scan anything above 4,000dpi as the film grain is visible at the resolution. I've had to greatly reduce the image resolution of this shot as the 2,400dpi TIFF came in at 665Mb in size!

 

In the next day or two I'll scan and post one that I took with my medium format camera and Fuji Velvia 50, so check back!

 

It looks best on black, so go ahead and click on it!

 

Camera: Toyo Field 45CF

Lens: Fujinon 90mm f/8.0 SW w/Seiko #0 Shutter

Exposure: 25 Seconds @f/22

Tripod: Benro A-169 w/B-0 Ball Head

Film: Fuji Velvia 100

Scanner: Epson V750-M Pro

 

This image is (c) Douglas Bawden Photography, please do not use without prior permission.

 

Enjoy my photos and please feel free to comment. The only thing that I ask is no large or flashy graphics in the comments.

 

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Taken on November 2, 2010