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Deep in the ancient and grainy monochrome forest
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:15:40 AM »

This is a sister post to a comparison of film grain vs. digital film emulation I uploaded to the post-processing sub forum.

For various reasons I recently found myself in the woods with a roll of Tri-X and a Nikon F3. Here are my best efforts to utilize this particular media in a nature photography setting.

The landscapes were not as interesting, so I won't bother you with those. The only digital processing beyond scanning software was platinum toning and slight sharpening and contrast level adjustments.

Not sure I'll do more, but it was interesting to take a step back and think about how to use push processed B&W film to create an effective nature photo. Also, grabbing a 50mm lens, and not a "50mm FF equivalent" was a very nice change of pace.

Even with manual focussing and occasionally forgetting to wind the film between shots, it was a very pleasant analogue interlude.

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Re: Deep in the ancient and grainy monochrome forest
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 03:35:45 PM »

Tonally, I like the bottom one over the top, but composition and subject, I prefer the first. Nikon F3 is a good camera. I'm not at all fond of Tri-X, preferring HP5 to it but that's just taste. I wish I still had some of the old Panotomic X which to me is the cat's meow. HP4 is a close second.

Try processing your Tri-X in pyro.
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