Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2018/06/06

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Subject: [Leica] First film in a long time
From: hlritter at (Howard L Ritter Jr)
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2018 00:43:01 -0400

I decided to dip into film photography again, and this is the first fruit: 

We were driving the Blue Ridge Parkway in western NC near the town of Boone. 
I pulled into an overlook to watch a spring shower move across the mountains 
and valleys. I captured a B&W film image with a Leica R9, 21-35 Elmarit, and 
Tmax 100, and one with my iPhone. I?ve posted both, both tweaked for 
contrast in PS. I?ve also posted the iPhone image converted to greyscale, 
just for comparison.

I certainly like the B&W, but I?m not sure this kind of largely 
mid-grey-toned scene (as opposed to Lluis-type street scenes) is what B&W is 
made for. Here I think the color image works best.

And I?m either disappointed in the quality of the film image or impressed by 
that of the iPhone image ? both, I guess. This kind of image quality from a 
camera tucked in almost as an afterthought, just because they could do it, 
into the corner of a cell phone! That?s borderline miraculous. 

I didn?t expect this much grain with Tax 100, but I may have been 
heavy-handed with Photoshop on the film image. Also, the scale of the iPhone 
image is larger, with an equivalent FL of 28mm vs. the 21mm of the film 
image. I?m going to scan the negative with my own scanner to get equivalent 
pixels-per-degree in both images, re-process them both, and see.

C&C welcome.


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