Can you tell the difference?

…Because there is a difference; and it’s a big one.

(Incidentally not the one I thought–but a difference nonetheless)


Both scanned the SAME way in Vuescan Professional, using no sharpening or dust correction.  Three passes with Multi-Exposure, no enhancement present, 2650 DPI.

Dust spotted, and processed to taste in LR 5.7.1 (WB, crop adjustment, tone)

Exported to JPG, and posted here for your perusal.

EDIT: The upper scan was with the Opticfilm 120; the lower with the flatbed Epson V600.  For comparison purposes, here is the same scan with the Opticfilm, using Silverfast as intended

Mother’s Day

Our tradition of sorts–Mother’s Day on Medium Format.

(Look at this beautiful family I’ve been blessed with!! 😍)

…Now tell me this could have been taken on a Nikon, so I can get on with my life and stop looking at scanners!!


I rarely shoot in the vertical orientation…

Portra 400 pushed to ISO 1200 and pre-flashed in Rodinal–I just liked the B&W version best.

Before & After

(Or: Analogue Noise Reduction!!)

This is -by far- the whackiest thing I have done in years.

To begin with, I would like to thank my good friend Jordan for bringing this to my attention.

There are a lot of things going on here, so let’s hop right in:

To begin with, The Producer was at a conference, so I had to style the hair and make the bun myself.  That is really the main miracle here. 😂

Second, this is Portra 400 shot at ISO 1200 (Yes, a 1.5 stop push)

Finally (and probably most importantly…) this film was processed in both B&W and Colour Chemistry!!

That’s right folks:  This roll was first soaked in Rodinal (1:100) for ten minutes at room temperature (without agitation) and then rinsed, and immediately processed in standard C-41 chemistry.


And the blacks are BLACK, with no hint of grainy green and purple chroma noise that often results from pushing Portra 120 even one stop.

From what I can gather, the Rodinal seems to develop the “avid” areas first (the “bright noise” if you will…) leaving a very faint B&W image, which is subsequently bleached away (due to lack of fixation) by the C-41 chemistry.  It is -literally- “Analogue Noise Reduction!!”  The negatives are of a lower density overall, but the shadows contain more detail, and the tones are much more homogeneous.

Definitely an area that warrants further exploration.

(Next stop: 35mm Portra 400 at 1600 and put through the Pakon…)