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THE MAGIC BLUES - MAY 26, 2005

 

You don't see a whole lotta blue in this picture, do you? Let me explain why.

 

Firstly, this is BW, captured on an AGFA ISO 100, E-6 process film. I learnt, the hard way, and in more ways than one, that there really are no film manufacturers who make C-41 processable film, rated at speeds below ISO 400. So you really can't go out there and get a roll of ISO 100 BW film, that you can later process at you local grocery or pharmacy!  I believe my conclusion here is correct, but my search is still on. And until I learn otherwise, my statement above is more than just my opinion ... it is a fact! (and if you are just about beginning to sense frustration, you are right)

 

Second, I used a deep red filter to eat away any blue there was. It turns out, red absorbs blue. So, use a red filter, you get no blue in your picture. And no blue on BW film means no color, which in turn means black! I, in fact, used a Circular Polarizer in addition to the red, to get the extra effect. Of course, clouds that are white stay that way. 

 

Two more lessons for today ...

 

When using a wide-angle lens (I used a 28-80 mm) don't use a multitude of filters. And try to avoid the lens hood. Else you run into some nasty and unwelcome vignetting in your prints. Mind you, you won't always see it in your view finder ... but rest assured ... its there.

 

If you live in the Orlando area, do visit Colonial Photo and Hobby. They have an amazing array of photo equipment and accessories (but no C-41 BW film in IS0 100!). Thats where I got my roll of E-6 BW film processed. Make that, hand processed.

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I have more of my BW skyscapes to share. Standby.

 

 

 

 

 

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