Saturday, February 23, 2019

Results for Silberra PAN 160 Film: Part II

We'll finish looking at Silberra PAN 160.  All images have Photoshop enhanced Levels, Contrast and Brightness.  The first three images are from the Scottsdale Mayo Clinic Nature Trail:

Below, three images from Hwy 87 approaching 4 Peaks:

Those of you that have followed me for a while, realize that T-MAX 400 is my film because I lean towards high contrast.  When I want lower contrast I use Ilford Delta 400.  In both cases I use contrast filters.

I have my favorite films and I ask myself whether it is worth the time to learn about new films?  My favorite B&W: Kodak T-MAX 400, Ilford SFX-200 and Ilford Delta 400;  I also want to spend some more tie with Ilford Delta 3200.  My Favorite Color film for now is Kodak Portra 400;  I am presently testing the new Kodak E100.  

Monday, February 18, 2019

Results for Silberra PAN 160 Film: Part I

So for part I, I'm just going to share some personal impressions.  In Part II. I'll finalize by showing more examples.

For the Silberra PAN 160 I experienced some of the same problems as I had with Ferrania P30:  apparent under exposure and very low contrast.  But this time with a totally different camera (here the X-700 and with the P30 an XD-11).  So I'm wondering if my problem is trying to use my typical T-MAX settings.  Also the raw examples I did use a dark orage filter with filter factor dialed in.

Example #1: Raw Image; to me somewhat flat......

Example #1: Levels, Contrast & Brightness enhanced in PhotoShop

Examples #2: Raw Image; to me also somewhat flat

Example #1: Levels, Contrast & Brightness enhanced in PhotoShop

Next We'll just take a look around Arizona, with all of the Silberra PAN 160 film enhanced using PhotoShop as discussed above.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Film Test: Taking Ilford FP4 Out for a Spin

My Emulsive Secret Santa gave me some Ilford FP4, a film that I've never tried.  Got some exposure tips online from the Phoblograper, and I'll post me results shortly:

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Weekends Online: How Film Makes You Think, Before You Shoot!

First the Quote from Frank H. Wu on 35mmc:

"The lesson to be learned about life is that we, or at least I, do not appreciate as much what I have been given as what I have had to bargain for. I earn my film photos. I have to be able to afford it. That means repeatedly. Each and every satisfying click and whirr is a few pennies, which must be in the pocket. I am automatically averse to waste."

The conclusion is that His film photos are always personally more satisfying (and often objectively better) than His digital images.

For me, my best photos are definitely film.  One of last year's successes IS digital, but I planned and captured the image like it was film.  I saw the potential image, walked around the scene looking for the best angles, made three images; taking into consideration how I might crop the final images as well.  And THINKING like a film photographer avoids Waste.  For a digital Photographer, the "waste"  is all that time you spend in front of the computer sorting through hundreds of images that you would never use.

This is the Digital Image, Captured using Film Shooting Techniques.