MAGIC BLUES -
MAY 26, 2005
don't see a whole lotta blue in this picture, do you? Let me explain why.
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)
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
course, clouds that are white stay that way.
more lessons for today ...
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.
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
BW film processed. Make that, hand processed.
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have more of my BW skyscapes to share. Standby.