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History of 158 Sterling Rd



This is a quick example of a technique for scanning high dynamic range films. Plus a digital darkroom dodge and burn.


I took this shot using my mamiya c220 with a 180mm lens. Film was TMAX 400 shot at 1/2 stop faster. As usual I screwed up the loading of the film into the developing spools so there are a few handling flaws.


- Developed for 12 minutes in 1:3 diluted D76.

- Scan 1 scanned to make sure highlight detail was retained

- Scan 2 was for shadow details both scans were 16 bit tiffs

- Used a program called enfuse and enfuse GUI to automatically blend both scans together. Enfuse by passes the HDR step going directly to the tone mapping but with more subtlety, less noise and artifacts.


It's hard to tell in small sized but the enfused image has rather harsh contrast in the area of the gravel.


Final step I blended Scan 1 and the enfused image together using a hand painted selective mask. With a bit more care I could tailor multiple selection masks to get the result exactly how I like it.

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Taken on March 14, 2009