Quarantine

…day 16.

This was the result of a half-tripped shutter on the Mamiya (which can sometimes occur if you don’t press the button hard enough) during one of our daily “Forced Marches” (don’t kid yourself…that’s what they are).

It required +10 exposure compensation on the scan, but otherwise, this is exactly how it looked.

…and this is basically how life feels right now.

Tuckered out.

mmkay…Apparently people don’t like B&W pictures of dogs lol.

Here’s the sequel.

Hope you’re all doing alright, and staying safe indoors.

Warming Up

Given what we are all dealing with right now, this seems extremely distant.

That being said, it feels a little “tone deaf” to be posting vacation images.  I am trying to lead as “normal” a life as possible at the moment, but I realize that things are a little widely unhinged.  I don’t mean to sound insensitive, but I hope these images bring a little escape. comfort, and happiness.

Take care of each other…things will be “normal” again one day soon.

NPL Does B&W Too!

These two files were both scanned and processed exactly the same way–but there is one important difference:

The second was scanned using the Betterscanning holder, with ANR glass.

If you zoom in, you will note a definite increase in sharpness–but the interesting thing is the ever-so-slight difference in the actual character of the file–presumably due to the slight curvature of the film, and differing height above the scanner glass.

Holders matter, people.

Unfortunately, I may have to invest in another film scanner (? Braun–WHERE ARE YOU Opticfilm Pro??) as I think there is more in the negative here, and the Epson seems to be maxing-out.  The Epson is definitely good…but good enough, I’m no longer certain.

EDIT:

Well, here is the same negative placed right on the V600 glass, with the Betterscanning ANR Glass placed over it.  It may, in fact, be even sharper, but the difference is extremely hard to notice.  At the very least, it is certainly NO WORSE than the second scan, leading me to believe that either (1) Film flatness matters more than height; or (2) the Epson V600 is really maxed out in terms of detail resolution.

Below are crops of both images, with the Negative-on-glass on the RIGHT (Left is the Betterscanning holder)

Admittedly, these files are a tad flat (and shot at ISO 80 on finely-grained film…) so I may repeat the experiment later using something with a bit more structure.