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.

LOOK AT THOSE SKIN TONES PEOPLE!!!!

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…)

Colouring – In B&W

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I forgot to formally post these earlier.

This is the Hasselblad 8mm Extension tube.

In my view, it addresses one of the major shortcomings of the Hasselblad 500 series: The close focus distance.  Had I had one of these earlier, I probably would not have bought and sold so many different Hasselblad (and MF…) cameras.

(Okay fine…and bought and sold and bought and sold and…you get it).

I previously tried the 16mm tube, but it brought the focal range down to basic macro, and was not terribly useful.  The 8mm extension brings the 80mm lens down to useful “household” distance.  DOF is exceedingly thin, so focus is a little bit more deliberate; also moving targets are a tad challenging.  Portraits at close-focus show some very minor perspective distortion…but kids don’t really care about that.  😉

These are all on HP5+ pushed to 1600 ISO.

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The Pointless Endeavour

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This completely pointless endeavour (proudly brought to you by Iftimestoodstill Industries™) is another fine example of what happens when I have too much time on my hands.

🙂

It was actually conducted as a test of:

  • The new 6×7 camera that followed me home;
  • Pushing Ilford HP5+ to at least ISO 3200 (3 stops…plus 1.5 more in post!) No development times were available, so I kind of had to guess…
  • My new Foldio macro light box (super cool!)

Now I ask you: Is there anything more beautiful than a B&W film photo of the best digital camera ever made??

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(…Why yes!  Yes there is!)

How about a B&W film photo of the most beautiful film camera ever made?  (Except, of course, the MP3, M3-J, and MP Titanium…which don’t count because I will unfortunately NEVER own any of them…)

🙂

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