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Post  Iago on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:52 pm

Some of you (Seamaster excluded) may have seen the cell phone shots that I uploaded to Facebook, but here are selections from my "real" pictures. All were shot on my vintage Canon A-1, with either my beloved f1.2 50mm lens or a 70-210mm zoom. I use Kodak T-Max 400 B&W film exclusively, even for landscapes. (The grain structure of T-Max is fine enough that I can get very good 8x10" prints.)

All were scanned in at 600dpi and then tweaked in Photoshop. The tweaking was pretty minor and consisted mostly of slight reframing, removing major dust or blemishes from the scans and then adjusting contrast and overall levels. I used no automatic dust removal tools and only hand painted them out with the clone brush. I have learned over the years that it is always best to only worry about the really obvious ones (white specks in dark areas or the reverse) and to let the rest go. I had to send the film out for processing and was very disappointed at how low contrast the prints ended up, but the upside was that they scanned beautifully with plenty of fine shadow detail. I was very impressed at the automatic level controls in Photoshop 9; I would say that nearly 75% of the time I was happy with what it did the first time.

It is worth pointing out for East's benefit that the resulting files were roughly 8mb TIFF files. For uploading them to Photobucket and Facebook, I opened all 60 pictures in Photoshop and then batch processed them into 1200x800 JPEG files. Processing all 60 on my new laptop took approximately thirty seconds!

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v306/sbjork/South%20Dakota%20vacation%20September%202011/
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Post  PhotoOtaku on Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:58 pm

Iago wrote:...and was very disappointed at how low contrast the prints ended up

Was the film out of date, ...and I mean way way out of date?

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Post  Iago on Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:27 pm

No. The negatives look fine. I think that it was just a lousy printing job. It all worked out in the end. I can see why when doing a movie transfer, if they are forced to work from a print they use a low-contrast version. You get a more detailed scan.
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Post  ethelred on Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:29 pm

I had to send the film out for processing

Interesting. I thought film processing had come to an end in the US. I guess that's what happens when you believe a TV news story.
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Post  ethelred on Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:06 pm

Nice pics. It would appear that your exorcise regimen has rusulted in the addition of some muscle mass.
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Post  East on Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:28 pm

It looks like you had a lot of fun on your vacation.

Despite your dissatisfaction with the contrast I think your pictures came out well.
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Post  Iago on Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:14 am

Those are not the raw pictures, but rather the ones that I fixed in Photoshop. The contrast range is fine now.


Ethelred: Actually it has more likely just resulted in the fat being redistributed, but thank you!
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Post  East on Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:34 pm

I should have figured as much. Still they look good.
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Post  Iago on Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:34 pm

So what do you think about having 60 different high resolution TIFF files open simultaneously and batch processing all of them into lower resolution JPEGs in thirty seconds flat? It impressed me!
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Post  PhotoOtaku on Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:13 pm

Iago wrote:So what do you think about having 60 different high resolution TIFF files open simultaneously and batch processing all of them into lower resolution JPEGs in thirty seconds flat? It impressed me!

That not to shabby, pretty impressive.

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Post  Iago on Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:49 am

I think the new lappie is going to make me happy. By the way, when I opened all sixty photos, I just shift-clicked and dragged all sixty into Photoshop at the same time and it opened all sixty in mere seconds as well. And you have not actually commented on the photos themselves, PO -- I am starting to get worried!
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Post  PhotoOtaku on Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:32 pm

Ha ha, no they are fine, just been busy, ...there are some really nice landscapes in your collection. A little to grainy for me, but that is me.

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Post  ADOR on Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:39 pm

I would say something but I am still in the land of slow internet connection, aka, Dubai. I will have to catch up on all of these photos and videos all of you have put up when I get home on the 5th.
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Post  agent1a on Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:05 pm

so did you guys have a good time or bad time at the badlands
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Post  Iago on Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:07 pm

One of our best vacations ever.
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Post  Seamaster on Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:58 am

Good to see that your gophers look very much like our gophers!

Glad to hear you had a good time. I would have commented earlier, but I've been facing a few dramas at home.
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Post  Iago on Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:27 pm

Not good.
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Post  agent1a on Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:48 pm

hunker down and no one can touch you Seamaster - then thrust forward for the attack - ah haaaa ))

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Post  Seamaster on Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:04 pm

Even the strongest wall of defense can't stop all things!
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Post  Iago on Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:27 pm

Indeed.
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Post  mrblur on Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:32 am

thanks for sharing.
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Post  Iago on Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:47 pm

Happy to do so.
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Post  mrblur on Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:50 pm

okay here is me sharing.....

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Post  Iago on Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:27 pm

El Canyon Grande?
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Post  mrblur on Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:25 am

yeah like my brother said it's just a big hole in the ground....
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