I finally caught up with all the slide film I shot last fall. This is not the Retrochrome/expired Ektachrome. This is fresh Fujichrome Provia 100F.
Scanned at 4800DPI on the CanoScan 9000f & resized for the web.
FPP Retrochrome (Ektachrome). Scanned at 4800, color corrected, and shrunk to 1024 on the long side for the blog.
Hard to balance. Ektachrome is way less sensitive to red and somewhat less to green than blue.
These are screen grabs from GIMP.
Decomposing to the individual channels gives some interesting insight. This creates a gray scale image for each color channel representing the strength of that color’s contribution to the image as a value from 0 (black) to 255 (white). Obviously, the amount of each color mostly depends on the subject matter.
Blue is about what I’d expect a conversion to black and white to look like. It’s that overwhelming in this film.
I’m going to run some black and white through it. I know I can get better out of this camera.
Varying degrees of color correction and noise reduction. Resized to 1024 on the long side.
Things I forgot in the video:
- The FM operates just fine without batteries — just with no metering.
- The frame counter (36 max) is on the top deck just in front of the wind lever.
- The LEDs in the viewfinder are used as a battery check.
- Film speeds are from ISO 12 to 3200. Full stops are numbered (100, 200, …) with dots for 1/3 stop increments (e.g., 64 & 80 between 50 and 100).
- Lift and turn the shutter speed knob to set the film speed.
- The back can be removed for an instant or bulk film back.
- The gallium photodiodes for metering are located in the eyepiece module rather than in the pentaprism. EV1 to EV18.
- The meter is 60/40 center weighted — 60% given to the center 12mm and the remaining 40% to the rest of the image in the viewfinder.
- No dedicated mirror lockup but it goes up when the self timer is used.
And… even reading the manual, I got the LED meanings wrong. + or – means more than 1 stop off. Center dot and + or – means 1/5 to 1 stop off.
Film Photography Project’s “Retrochrome” is expired, cold-stored Kodak Extachrome. Ektachrome is pretty cool, color-wise, even when fresh.
I added another image of Goober (2 versions) because it was a funny struggle to get the colors right. The white sheets were really cool (blue). I tried tons of different tweaks and it was either still too blue or over-corrected and orange. I played with filters while I decided whether to not use the image or just convert it to black and white. Most results were “meh” but I like this solarized one.
Finally, just goofing around, I chose the “skin tone” filter. It’s supposed to correct skin tones that look wrong, usually because of lighting. I clicked the dropper icon on Goober’s face and, like magic, the colors in the image were right.
All images resized to 1024 on the long side.
Fuji 400 – expired but frozen. Processing and scanning by the Camera Shop of Santa Fe.
Kodak TMAX-100. Processed in HC-110 and scanned at 4800 DPI.
When I have some time, I’ll scan the negatives. I got them scanned with processing and the originals are hi-res but super noisy.
The memory stick came with it so I checked for found photos. The only thing on it was a movie of a movie being played on a laptop or portable DVD player-type thing.