Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/04/29

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Subject: [Leica] Film/digital wars
From: miki at (MIKIRO)
Date: Fri Apr 29 05:50:09 2005
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Now she is close to me. A real woman. ;-)
I would love to see the conventionally enlarged print.



Philippe Orlent wrote:
> Basically the image was first "cut" into different pieces after deciding
> what had to be done: for each correction a different piece.
> Almost no sharpening to this one, unless on some hairstrings. Contrasts are
> pushed a bit in the dark zones. Some work on the skin: slight blurring in
> overlay. Modifying lights in + whites of the eyes.
> Some pushing of the already blurred zones. Beauty retouche (removing spots,
> work on lips, etc.). In the end, noise (about .25%) is added to unify
> everything. There's no rule about uniform or gaussian, monochromatic or 
> not.
> Just what works best for that particular job. Some image editors produce
> their own grain layers even. Background blurred a bit.
> This one was shot on Tmax 100 and I was surprised of the beauty of its 
> grain
> when grossly enlarged. Development was in HC110, but not in a lab: done by
> the photographer himself.
> Just for the fun of it I added a scan of the contact print, too:
> Cheers,
> Philippe
>>From: MIKIRO <>
>>Reply-To: Leica Users Group <>
>>Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 20:36:13 +0900
>>To: Leica Users Group <>
>>Subject: Re: [Leica] Film/digital wars
>>Hi, Philippe.
>>On my display, the image appears as if it has been sharpened,
>>particularly at magnifications of more than 100%. Is it the case? It
>>looks sharp but lacks liveliness of the skin texture, or a feeling that
>>the model is embarrassingly close to you. ;-) If I were the client, I
>>would ask some modifications. Some photographers intentionally add
>>"noise" to make digital images look more true to life. Do you do similar
>>Philippe Orlent wrote:
>>>This is one of the 4 portraits. I will let you decide for yourself if it's
>>>too harsh or not (CAUTION: BIG file):

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