Leica M2 ƒ/2 1/30s ISO 400 40mm summicron C Ilford XP2
Category Archives: Forest
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/11 .4s ISO320 75-300mm lens
Converted to monochrome in OnOne Perfect Photosuite B&W which has a a few nice presets and qualities the like of which are not available in Silver Effects Pro
Leica M2 ƒ/8 Summicron 40mm Ilford XP2 film.
To some extent I am re learning how to use film. As I mentioned in a previous post I haven’t used Ilford XP2 400 film much before. Its a bit inconvenient because I have to take it into Perth to process, this was dropped of 2 weeks ago and not picked up until yesterday there just has been no time or other reason to drive into town. Its a really great film, lovely tonal range nice dense blacks and the finest of fine grains this could almost be digital… I expect this kind of performance from a medium format film but this is 35mm. I’m tempted to buy some XP2 in bulk there seems to be some really good deals on offer at the moment!
Rollei Giro 70 Agfa Ultra ISO 100.
It was almost dark when I stopped by another part of the darling scarp forest just to watch the last light of the day fade into night. Looking towards the light the greens and purple greys were quite visible but I wasn’t expecting this.
Agfa Ultra has the facility to produce often quite wildly saturated colour at times but this was after the sun had set behind the hectares of forest to the west. It was corrected mostly in RAW as a tiff file straight out of the scanner. Then a bit of posterizing through simplify and much to my surprize an image more like an illustration…
Rollei Giro 70 Agfa Ultra ISO100
I paid a few dollars for a little Rollei Giro 70 a few years ago at a Cash Converters and have only run a few films through it, this image is quite nice. Another shot of Jarrah dieback in the back garden.
The big problem with film these days is that some of the places that still process C41 do such a poor job of it I feel really quite mad about paying $7 for process only just to get poorly processed film. This film was badly scratched (it wasn’t the camera) and had so many dust spots that it took an hour to retouch. So now its a question of saving all the exposed rolls until I drive into the city and leave them with one of the two remaining dedicated processors. I quite like processing B&W and could do C41 colour with some effort but it is a tedious process in summer when the temperature hasn’t dropped below thirty odd for what seems like a eternity…
Olympus EM-5 ƒ11 1/100s ISO 200 Olympus 12mm
Big Darlings, Darling range ghost gums that is…
Majestic trees. In my the darkest moments to look upon a tree with such majesty and scale places life and being in perspective to the point where all those dark thoughts dissipate on the wind that rustles the leaves.