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  1. KenS

    KenS Active Member Registered User

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    On taking a ‘side-trip’ (as a means of enjoying my trip home from a ‘meeting’) I decided to take a short cut to the highway by driving down a logging trail at the edge of an old growth forest in Oregon. The scene to my left was one of ‘devastation’… almost bare acres with only a few young trees left standing amongst pile of cut and stripped branches, while to my right, massive conifers almost with spitting distance.
    After a last minute decision to stop at a truck ‘passing area’ in order to stretch my legs and finish the last of my coffee in my Thermos, my eye was ‘caught by the white flowers illuminated by the setting sun… I will swear I actually heard a quiet verbal invitation to come and make a photograph… an invitation joyfully accepted and I extracted my camera, tripod, Sekonic meter and the last loaded and unexposed film holder. The scene just ‘begged’ to be recorded from a low ‘height’ with the ‘almost-set’ sun providing the magnificent side-lighting.

    I made just the one exposure using Kodak Plus-X behind my 240mm Sironar mounted on my Linhof monorail. Exposure was not recorded to paper, but… if my ageing memory serves me well enough it was 1/30 second at f.16. The film was developed as ‘normal’ in Pyrocat HD in BTZS tubes.


    Ken
     
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    Although I quite like the picture I don't think the transition to 2D B&W has resulted in a picture that mirrors the one in your mind's eye Ken as the small blooms are somewhat overwhelmed by the darker tones and don't stand out as being the main subject in the shot. Just my thoughts ....
     
  3. Acrid Dragon

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    I think your focus is not clear enough. What is your camera friend? And your photo could be much better with another illumination
     
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    Acrid...
    Unfortunately, my small Honda Civic did not have the space to carry my one meter square electronic soft-light, the power source, a chord long enough to reach the nearest power outlet... OR... the time to set up 'perfect/controllable-studio-type lighting'.... I do not have.. or ever make use of 'on-camera illumination' as 'main' or for fill-lighting.

    There was some 'light air' movement and... while sun was but a few minutes away from 'going to bed', I had to work somewhat 'faster' to set everything up in my attempt to capture what I (at the time) might be an interesting image, using my much experienced Linhof monorail.

    With some 60+ years under the darkcloth and some 30+ years as a Registered Biological Photographer (ie. Board Certification after a minimum time 'working' both behind the camera AND in the darkroom, passing the written exam, the portfolio and the inevitable oral 'defense'). Re-touching of either print (or negative) has NEVER been 'allowed'... or even considered anywhere near either an 'acceptable' or 'legal' procedure.

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    I like this, Ken. It has a gentle feel to it, yet a lot of contrast. Capturing movement is fine by me. It's seldom the case that plants in their natural habitat are completely still. It's hard to imagine a better light source for this type of subject than natural light.
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    Seeing a LF Image on screen does kill the intent and quality somewhat, zoom in and it shows the beautiful tones and separation that only a person with metering and developing skills can do, as a record shoot of the plants its excellent.
     
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    I was down in the darkroom last night cleaning some film holders and came across one that (according to the dark slide 'lock') had been exposed rather than 'empty' and ready for 're-loading'. Fortunately, I decided that discretion might be the better part of valour... turned off the light and 'checked' to find there was a film 'in' there. I set up for developing in my tubes somewhat quickly and processed that one sheet that I had (somehow) missed developing from a few years ago and had since forgotten after a 'trip down and back from Oregon. My suspicion turned out to be true.... after processing in Pyrocat HD found it to be a close-up of the plants at the base of the tree... in the previous image of the same plants at the base of the tree.... I had (somehow) completely forgotten that I had made this exposure. So.... first thing after my 3 Km walk in the 9 inches of fresh snow this morning , I powered up the Mac, the Epson and went to 'work'.

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    Bit to much contrast for me Ken, the dark areas without any detail gives a heavy feel.
     
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    Like the contrast in the plants, but the darker tones are too dark for my taste.
     
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    [QUOTE="martin henson, post: 4144, member: 3 "Bit to much contrast for me Ken, the dark areas without any detail gives a heavy feel.[/QUOTE]

    It 'may' be the result of "placing the white with texture" on ZVlll, along with my 'normal' development. While so doing often results in great highlight information which is one of the areas to which the eye is first drawn. I can live quite 'happily' with good 'dark' areas in the print.. as long as 'some' of the required texture is visible to provide a 'solid baseline'.
    PPERSONALLY, I prefer to have 'good' (ie. readily visible texture), in the 'lighter areas' of the image while the 'low end provides a good solid 'base' for the rest of the image.... but I do not like "muddy" out of focus 'darks'

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    Ken,

    Spoken like a true disciple of Fred Picker! :D That said, I totally agree. I much prefer textured highlights and high values that sing over worrying about shadow detail. If I feel that the shadow detail is equally important, I'll give a bit more exposure and do an N- development...which I rarely do. My comment above was simply what I would do with this particular subject...which ain't worth much! :D
     

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