We were going to go up Truchas Peak but all of the land grant entrances were locked. One of us had been trying to get a hold of the president for over two weeks. The ranger said it had been open all summer but I guess we were too late in the season. We started going on a hike-for-the-heck-of-it from Santa Barbara Campground and tried Trampas Peak on a lark. We didn’t summit but did OK considering how late we got to the campground after trying every way to Truchas we could find on the map.
I’ll try some exposure stacking – bracketing gave me some good sky-dark mountains and the reverse.
Everything black is blue.
I’ll start with an image that’s in the video. I just metered the scene without compensating for the strong back light. This is what I got:
Using the scanner adjustment to compensate. I can see them but the background is brighter (don’t care) and they look hazy (do care). This is the result:
I tried the Photoshop merge, the same wizard that let’s you create a panorama. It did not cover itself in glory. Several manual variations later, I came up with this:
I may be able to get something better using layers with a selective erase (I got better results putting the darker layer one top and varying the transparency, which seems counter-intuitive to me) but I’m not sure it won’t look like modern HDR-that-doesn’t-look-real images.
Scanned at 2400DPI on a Canon Canoscan 9000f.
Frame numbers are as they came off the scanner and not the film frame numbers.
Expired Kodak VR 200 — quite a bit of grain.
Second roll, less expired Kodak VR 200 and less grain.
More will follow after I shoot some slide film.
Thinking about it, maybe I will shoot another roll through the Agfa after checking the distance scale and rangefinder. The 2nd roll (last shot above) was cheap Kodak film expired by almost 20 years, my chems were getting pretty worn out, and most of the shots were on the same foggy, hazy morning. As it stands, the case is worth more than the camera so I have almost nothing — a roll of film & processing — to lose.