Go Back   PhotographyCorner.com Forums > Critiques & Feedback Corner > Landscapes

Welcome to the PhotographyCorner.com Forums.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, photographs and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), vote on contests like the Photograph of the Month and Contest Corner Challenges, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact support.

Archive Suite top banner
 
Thread Tools
  #1    Top
Old October 10th, 2014, 03:26 PM
moltogordo moltogordo is offline
Elite Member
Contributor Award: This award is given to those who contribute either an article for the resources section, or contribute to the community in another exemplary way. - Issue reason
The Nechako River on XP2

Now that I've basically fulfilled my project of taking a picture with each of the cameras in my collection, I'm settling down now to do some actual photography with black and white film, with reliable vintage cameras.

So now the trick is to learn the films better, because they ARE diffferent from my heyday. So my next few posts will be about films, but the pictures I post should be considered as photographs, irrespective of technique, so flail away critically, by all means.

So you can ignore following two paragraphs if you wish, and just view the photograph as a normal post.

XP2 is a very unusual film. It uses dyes like color negative film, but in monochrome, and thus has plusses and minuses of that emulsion type. At it's best, it has almost no grain, incredible tonal graduation, and 4 stops of latitude. AT it's worst, it can produce truly ugly images. I'll show you these as well, in my next post.

But first up is the displayed image. Shot at dusk (light below the trees) at ISO 400, the rated speed of the emulsion. Exakta VX 500, 35mm Zeiss f2.8 Flektogon lens, 1/30th at f8. Just look at the picture for now as a photograph. This is the Nechako River, taken from the Foothills Bridge in north Prince George. I'll discuss the film characteristics in another post tomorrow, with positive and negative pictures.

Thanks for looking in. By the way, this is a scanned 4x6 machine print done by a one hour photo lab.



Thanks for looking in.
  #2    Top
Old October 13th, 2014, 10:06 AM
IKuhn's Avatar
IKuhn IKuhn is offline
Moderator
Recent Photo: WAYLA? Tighter Crop
Bronze Commitment Award: This award is given to those who have shown great community dedication & commitment and have over 1,000 posts. - Issue reasonContributor Award: This award is given to those who contribute either an article for the resources section, or contribute to the community in another exemplary way. - Issue reason
Re: The Nechako River on XP2

Almost wouldn't know it's a black and white shot. I like that the trees are in shadow, but given the amount of detail in the ripple of the water, I almost wish I could see more detail in the forest.

I know a lot of people say that there should be something in the foreground of a water shot (i.e. pier, beach, prow of ship), but I kind of like this one as is.
__________________
"The brave ones were shooting the enemy; the crazy ones were shooting film."
óWar correspondent after viewing Marine combat photographers

My Blog "The Darkroom"
Ian Kuhn Photography
Sponsors
  #3    Top
Old October 13th, 2014, 02:24 PM
moltogordo moltogordo is offline
Elite Member
Contributor Award: This award is given to those who contribute either an article for the resources section, or contribute to the community in another exemplary way. - Issue reason
Re: The Nechako River on XP2

Thanks for your reply. Believe it or not, this shot was taken very close to 11:00 PM. I live pretty far up north, so we have an extended twilight in the summer (I think I took this shot in July). The sun was actually down.

In this situation the sky is very bright, but the shadows get dark really quickly. There really isn't much shadow detail to record - it really looks pretty much like you see here. The sky and reflections are bright, but as the forest is illuminated solely by reflection, it remains pretty dark. As this is a machine print scan, I could only wring out a touch of shadow detail with a curves adjustment. I'll be interested myself to see what a darkroom print will look like - but the negative in the tree area is pretty clear so I'm not expecting much.

This area of the Nechako has always fascinated me . . . . I've photographed it many times. This is the first time I have a shot that isn't boring. It's one of those spots that looks beautiful but doesn't seem to want to look good on film or sensor, try as I might.

Your comment about color/black and white is well taken - this shot wouldn't have looked much different in color!

Last edited by moltogordo; October 13th, 2014 at 02:32 PM.
Go Back   PhotographyCorner.com Forums > Critiques & Feedback Corner > Landscapes




Bookmarks

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
on the river Elly Landscapes 4 January 1st, 2010 06:38 PM
At The River Homeingpigeon Things 2 March 21st, 2008 04:18 AM
Out by the river. moonknight6977 Places 1 April 16th, 2006 01:36 PM
The River...Again. TheShot08 Places 1 November 18th, 2005 02:00 AM
Fun on the river nicora Places 5 June 29th, 2005 10:09 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:45 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.