A bright winter day, and low tide…
This was the second, and digital experiment of the day. The weather is simply horrible: the fog was very dense, and the object was to find things which look better in that somewhat gothick setting that Dunedin manages to produce for about half the winter
On days like today, I try to get as close to medium format as possible: But with the first roll through the Mamiya 7 with a 43 mm lens on it I decided to go digital and use the d800 with a 35 mm f2 lens. Let’s say, stepped down, I was exposing well under 1/60th second. Hand held.
Colour correction in rawtherapee, exported to 1500×1000 png.
This film looks fogged and the colours came out all funky, but that has given an inadvertant cross processed look, which is more than appropriate given I was shooting at a lookout over Port Chalmers and in the Hotere Sculpture park. On reflection, I under-exposed the film by metering on an exposed view and then shooting everything else at the same level: I should have used the zone system. But with a bit of tweaking in Darktable we have some abstractish images.
Ektar (c41) shot using Fuji GW690ii (Texas Leica), processed and scanned by Reatha at Film Soup, processed in Darktable and now 1500×1000 16 bit pngs.
It’s funny. I get film back from Reatha at Film soup and I’m excited by the scans and basically post them straight away. The digital stuff does not hit me emotionally as much — even though I do generally take digital shots of the same things.
But this shot is another example of when medium format works and digital does not. It was a very foggy day, and I was trying to shoot directly at the sun, get the discoid shape, and how the light was reflecting through the haze while still keeping the scene in focus and sharp. I have tried to do this multiple times with a DSLR and I have never liked the results. Again, taken with the texas leica, and again, I only got three shots on the roll (losing some due to film issues — one of the reasons that when I saw a mamiya 7 body going cheap, I grabbed it).
Kodak Ektar 100, medium format, processed and scanned by Reatha. Minimal processing in Darktable. File 16 bit png, 1500×1000.
Shooting with a Fujifilm GW690 is difficult and it means you waste a lot of film with leaks. I’m in the process of getting another rangefinder — one where I can swap lenses — but I do like the balky beast. And these two photos show why.
Kodak Ektar 100, medium format, processed and scanned by Reatha. Minimal processing in Darktable. Files 16 bit png, 1500×1000.