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Vorago


May 26, 2009, 5:19 AM
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Not exactly 'action shots' but these are some of the results from taking my camera to the crag for the first time.

Taken with a Nikon FE on Ilford HP5 film.

Afterwards I did some cropping and brightness/contrast adjustments in Photoshop.





More non climbing pictures here: http://brunomorez.blogspot.com/

Let me know what you think! Wink


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http://brunomorez.blogspot.com/

The lower image:

The exposure is pretty good for the most part, but the shirt is a zone too dark and you've lost all detail on a large part of it. You probably could have gone up a full stop and, if needed, pulled the highlights back in in post processing.

The upper image:

I'm mixed. From a technical standpoint, it's not properly exposed/ processed... but then I suppose it depends on what you are going for. The shadow values are muddy and that's where the bulk of your subject lies. The highlights are blown out as well, but the midtones are mostly pretty good.

Even so, I think it has a certain mood to it that isn't so bad. I would perhaps reel in the highlights a touch and bring your subject out a little more, especially his face, but I'm not sure that I'd make any dramatic changes. All a matter of preference, I suppose.


Vorago


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Cheers for the reply, very constructive, very much appreciated!


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Are you processing your film yourself and/ or doing your own printing or are you taking it to a lab?


Vorago


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Right now I'm sending everything to a lab where they develop and scan the negatives.

I'm hoping to start developing myself real soon.

The only problem is I don't have a negative scanner available Crazy


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I like both, neither are amazing in the sense of action/climbing but they are nice down time shots.

The thing I like about black and white is exposure can seem to go out the window. While I would never blow my highlights out on color film, I often do on black and white.

Of course I like the contrasty highlights and shadows.

I agree with Krisco on the first one. It definitely looks a bit blown out, and also a bit muddy. To me you can't have both. It almost looks like the lab tried to even out the histogram. If you did the exposure corrections in photo shop try leaving your white and black points alone and just move the mid tone slider on levels. If you are using curves you have a bit more control. But a little bump up in the middle of the curve will probably solve most of the issue from the original.

There are a few options for neg scanners on the martet new or used. Epson 500 is pretty budget minded, the older Minolta Scan Duals were cheap but have either disappeared or gone up in price. I've got a Scan Dual III and I love it, for $200 in 2002 it's pretty nice. Since I'm also shooting medium format (more so than my 35mm which is all old stuff), I need a bigger scanner though. It seems the Nikon 8000 or 9000 are the way to go, or the Epson V750-Pro is a close second at 1/2 the price. Getting something with a wet mount option might be a good idea for B&W since ICE doesn't work!


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Cheers for the reply, I'll look back into those levels when I have some time.

Much appreciated!


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