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Apr 142017
 

Friday Film : A roll of T-max 400 from shooting to sharing 

By Jerome

Hello Steve and Brandon,

In November last year I had the chance with the local photo club to shoot a roll of t-max 400 during a film « Grenowalk » (a shooting walk once a month, each time a different theme ; and the club is from Grenoble, France). I restored the Yashica FR I 35mm reflex camera lent by my step parents, throw a roll of t-max 400 (36 views), and here we go.

 

Shooting was very enjoyable ; the viewfinder is very big and bright (paired with a 50mm f/1.7), composing and focus are easy, metering very good (confirmed by the images later). Once shot, the film was developed by myself in an associative lab, La Bifurk, where I was taught how to develop and enlarge a 35mm film. Scan was done with a DIY box, where the film is back illuminated with my smartphone and scanned with an Olympus E-P5, the same 50mm f/1.7 used one the Yashika, and a couple of close-up filters, and post processed with Lightroom (curve inverting, contrast, local dodge/burn, spot removal). The t-max is a low grain film, and with pleinty of informations in hightlight and shadow to recover ; PP was easier than I tought.

I am quite happy with the result, I think some images are worth showing, I hope you will enjoy some of them.

Thanks for reading,

Jerome
www.flickr.com/photos/jeromedoutaz
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Dec 042015
 

Film Friday: Flamenco

by Dierk Topp

Hi Steve and Brandon,

This is a series of flamenco images. I took these images with the Nikon FA and T-Max 400 in 1987.

My wife loved flamenco, since she went to school and later she joined a small group and they danced just for fun and on small events in public.

The first images of my wife and a friend of the flamenco group are made in our living room with two soft boxes. Images 8 and 9 show the famous Swiss flamenco dancer Nina Corti dancing in the “Fabrik” in Hamburg, Germany. On these images the light was not easy. The lens could have been my 35-135mm or the 180/2.8 Nikkor.

analog: T-Max 400, 1987

analog: T-Max 400, 1987

analog: T-Max 400, 1987

analog: T-Max 400, 1987

analog: T-Max 400, 1987

analog: T-Max 400, 1987

analog: T-Max 400, 1987

flamenco Nin Corti

Sony NEX-6 with Meyer Optik Trioplan 2.8/100 @ f/2.8

I digitized the images with the set up that you see on this last image:

making of: Sony A7R, bellows and Leitz Focotar 50mm/4.5

The Sony A7R with a Metabones adapter attached to a Nikon mount bellows with a Leica enlarging lens and a slide/film copy adapter. Light from a Nikon SB800 set on manual exposure. Today (for these images shown here) I use my A7RII with 42 MP = 5.300 DPI and a wireless TTL controlled Nissin Di700A flash. That makes it easy and I shoot a complete set of 6 negatives in about 20 seconds with perfect exposures. Processing with PS for inversion to positive and some cleaning and cropping and with Nik Silver Efex Pro for final B&W.

Dierk

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