Friday, August 26, 2016

TGIF: A Step Back and a Step Forward


Update, since it has been a while since the last post. The three repaired cameras and one lens all returned on time, were loaded with film, and tested.  Each one passed and were pressed into service.

The first one to be heavily used was the Noblex panoramic camera.  Since it has been a number of years - more than 10 - it took a couple of rolls of film to sort out the various camera choices.  All came together with the third roll of film. 

After processing the exposed film, the next step was to scan selected film frames. 

Now comes the hard part, achieving a digital representation that measures up to a print made in an analog darkroom. 

While they are different processes a complete matching is not possible as each has their own characteristic form, shape and tonal values.  However each process, while different, should offer a viewer the photographer's intended message.

Darkroom printing takes time - with many mistakes - to begin to understand what is possible in producing a photographic print. 

Scanning film takes time - with many mistakes - to begin to understand what is possible in producing a digital file.

A couple of examples from the recent days of photographing, processing and scanning.  First, a rather traditional documentary presentation. 

   Carthage. Indiana.

Next, more in keeping with a strength of black and white materials, an image of form, shape and pattern.

   Arcanum, Ohio.

A combination of the old - analog - and the new - digital.  A step back and step forward.