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Showcase Ilford HP5 Plus

Discussion in 'Film Cameras' started by Kingsfan, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. Cerita

    Cerita Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Canada
    Oh please go ahead Matt, I would love to see what Polarr produced. I actually scan linear and get a "raw" negative which I then invert in LR and take it from there. The thing is since I am so new to all this, I am not really sure what HP5Plus400 is supposed to look like.
     
  2. MoonMind

    MoonMind All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Switzerland
    Matt
    @Cerita@Cerita Your images look pretty much like HP5+ should IMO :)  This is the image (resized to make it clear which was which):
    Cerita_mffilmscan008_Polarr_MM.
    And here's what I did (not a lot - again, it's meant as a proof of concept); some things are just "standard", i.e. I do similar things to every file, and I didn't optimise anything, it's just a "more or less right" approach:
    • Exposure -4 <- this ...
    • Brightness +8 <- ... and this I often do if I have no blown out regions to bring up the highlights and make them stand out; *if* you do it, it's important to somewhat *reduce* exposure first, or the image'll get very flat
    • Contrast +24 <- could probably have been less - I just wanted to see if it did any damage; it didn't (or not much) - though it could have ruined some edges
    • Whites +24 <- "secret sauce" - brings out the flowers, the mortar lines and the bars in the windows
    • Blacks -32 <- "secret sauce" - gives the bench more body and the dark regions below it get enhanced (I may have overdone that a tad - but the effect is very visible)
    • Clarity -12 <- to counteract the fact that pushing around the whites and blacks this way may(!) ruin some edges - I didn't see any major sign of this, but nonetheless ...
    • Sharpness +4 <- as a general procedure after enhancing contrast (I want things to "pop", so ...) - but this is minor in this case; again, had it been detrimental, I would ha

    You'll notice I left highlights and shadows alone because working from JPEG, there's simply not a lot to be had; noise reduction is something to leave alone (IMO) when working with film scans.

    Please keep in mind that this isn't meant to be an "optimal" image, just a demonstration of how to moderately enhance contrast in the easy way.

    Oh, and may I say that this is a very nice shot - to look at and to work with? Good framing, solid execution. You may be new to the game, but your eyes work very nicely indeed ;) 

    M.
     
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  3. Cerita

    Cerita Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jul 24, 2017
    Canada
    Oh I love this! It gives the image so much more interest and punch especially in the leaves. I will shoot it again for sure but I have to say I don't seem to have much of a handle on this GW645Zi, the few of the other images were completely out of focus, almost like camera shake. I guess it's a practice game.
     
  4. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
    Central Florida
    Timothy Williams
    Arbuckle Creek with the OM2n 50 1.8 , HP5. This was the film cover shot for my SIJ shot with the Fuji 35 f2. Just noticed the Buzzards in the distance. It was a grey day.
    Arbuckle%20Creek-XL.
     
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  5. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
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    Timothy Williams
    This is a redo of my D700 24 2.8 shot of the Sheffield Oak with the F100 Tamron 20-40 @ 20mm HP5 Shefield%20Oak-XL. . Still didn't get all of it. Blew out the sky also.
     
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  6. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
    Central Florida
    Timothy Williams
    I did not apply any NR to these, so their a little grainy. Also I have never warmed up to that Tamron and sold it shortly after getting these back from The Darkroom.
     
  7. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
    Central Florida
    Timothy Williams
    Well this shot got confusing, anyway F100, 28-70 . Never really got settled with it. The background at the end of the boardwalk I just didn't get right. Cat%20Walk-XL.
     
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  8. MoonMind

    MoonMind All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Switzerland
    Matt
    I like it a lot - IMO, you went almost to the max in terms of available range; looks very sharp to me, too.

    M.
     
  9. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Timothy Williams
    Thanks,. Matt. It does look better to me this morning with fresh eyes.
     
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  10. Cerita

    Cerita Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jul 24, 2017
    Canada
    Lovely tonal range! I think it's a very engaging picture.
     
  11. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 31, 2017
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    Timothy Williams
    Thanks Cerita, The F100 was set on matrix metering. It and the little kit 28-70 have surprised me a few times.
     
  12. Cerita

    Cerita Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jul 24, 2017
    Canada
    Good to know this, as I have been mulling over metering myself these past few days. I will be using my Dynax 5 on my trip, and most of what I hope to shoot, I think will do well with matrix with the occasional centre or spot, which on the 5 is a dedicated spot metering button.
     
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