"For the artist communication with nature remains the most essential condition. The artist is human, himself nature, part of nature within natural space." Paul Klee

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Sunday evening, getting ready for the week. A couple of projects up my sleeve. Checking some files and setting up new folders I found some images shot just in the last couple of years with film.
The first three were made with a Nikon FM 35mm/fully manual camera with the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens.
The orange cast is from a western sunset to the left.

I lightened up the top two just a squinch for the web.
This tree silhouette below was just resized. 

As you can see the color saturation is just outrageous. None of this pushing saturation later in Photoshop.
The bottom two where shot with a Bronica  ETR-S with a 120mm back and fitted with the Zenzanon EII 75mm f2.8 lens.

 These last two required a tiny shift away from magenta...probably the lens. There's still a tiny bit visible. The 35mm was loaded with Fujichrome Velvia ISO 100 transparency film with the lens clean, no filters. For the Bronica,  I used 120mm Fuji Color Velvia also but the print stock. By the way and FYI, the Bronica only shoots 12 shots per roll so most of the images on the strip were one shot- one chance, measured with a hand held light meter, the Sekonic L-508 Cine Zoom Master. Of course I could have bracketed but just think you bracket one over + one under and you only have four images per roll! Film stock, shipping, developing, and scanning is about 40 dollars a roll! Not very cost effective.

And no looking at the back of the camera to see what the picture looked like. No Chimping!!
Nope, had to wait until the film got back from ncps (North Coast Photographic Services) in Carlsbad, California. ncps developed and scanned the film and dropped everything on a CD.
In the last shot of Stefan, you can see how the film held the bright window curtain with a beautiful creamy tone and detail. A digital sensor would have given me an exposure problem by blowing that out. There's even some shadow detail under the desk left.
I'd probably shoot more with the Bronica since I like the squarish format but the 120mm film and developing/scanning is expensive and the camera is  heavy to boot- can't imagine lugging that thing around all day.
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