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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby drmoss_ca » Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:19 pm

Left over from Christmas:
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and today:
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Medium format doesn't seem to do it for me now I have tasted the hard stuff. But I have a freezer full of tiny 35mm and small 120 film. I shall do my best to use them up, but the serious stuff will be on sheet film from now on.

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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby jww » Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:22 pm

You can always PIF that camera .......... :wink:
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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby CMur12 » Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:52 pm

I appreciate you sharing your photographic experience with us here, Chris.

There is something singularly attractive about large format (LF). My experience of composition on a groundglass (in medium format) is entirely different from that through an eye-level finder. Swings, tilts, rises, and falls afford a level of control somewhat analogous to that of the shave with an open blade, I would think, which might explain some of the appeal for you. The detail and tonality of LF are unsurpassed. I have seen some LF prints that were so detailed I could have sworn that I would have felt all of the textures of the scene if I were to run my fingers over the print.

What has always slowed me down from pursuing LF is the inconvenience of sheet film. I have often viewed my slow, deliberate approach to medium format photography with my TLRs (Twin Lens Reflex cameras, almost always on a tripod) as "large-format-but-a-bit-too-lazy." Perhaps one day, I'll take that step into large format.

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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby drmoss_ca » Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:14 pm

Pentax 645N, 120/f4, HP5+, single strobe, HC-110, Rondinax 60, Nikon 9000:

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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby Squire » Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:47 pm

Wonderful detail and tone. You're looking good too.
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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby drmoss_ca » Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:16 pm

Pentax 645N, 75mm/f2.8, Tri-X @400, HC-110 1:49, Rondinax 60, Nikon 9000:
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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby brothers » Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:57 pm

I can feel the competence and professionalism of the staff.
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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby Squire » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:51 am

I can see an office party.
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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby brothers » Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:06 am

LOL, me too. :)
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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby drmoss_ca » Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:43 am

It's been a long time (and a long story), but I finally got around to doing some portraits that I had promised this couple back in the summer. 645n, 120/f4, FP4+, HC-110, a strobe, two fill lights and the X1 for the scans.

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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby brothers » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:55 am

Nice work. I suspect they loved them. Not related to these photos, but in general, do studios use airbrush to enhance photos? I remember when my mom took my little brother and me to the studio. She still has those on her wall, and they really look like they were airbrushed.
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Re: Pentax 645n

Postby drmoss_ca » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:28 am

The only 'airbrush' would be a virtual one. Airbrushing was exactly what it sounds like, a tiny spray can to adjust a darkroom-made wet print. Even I, still using film, scan the negatives with a special scanner and once digitised will adjust things a little in Lightroom or Photoshop. Professionals can't afford the time or the costs of film and, mostly, have never learned how to use it, so they are starting out from the very beginning with a digital file and certainly will use whatever tools they have on their computers to rework the images. Many people take that way too far and end up with lurid and unrealistic pictures that make me wretch.

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