Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wet Rocks Study #4, Forest Park

This is my final post of this subject and for 2009!  I've been using this picture to develop a landscape look that simulates pictures made with the Leica I circa 1925 and learn the maze of controls in Nik Silver Efex Pro.  The Leica I was the first camera to use 35mm motion picture film and set all the standards and idioms for the format that continue in the DSLR world.  I found that the earliest Leica users were hand spooling from 100 ft. rolls of Kodak Panchromatic Cine film, which by 1933 was sold as Kodak Panatomic in 35mm cassettes.  The stock was inherently high contrast, softened somewhat by the lack of an anti-halation layer and lenses without modern anti-reflection coating.  When you see prints from Leica and Contax negatives made between 1925 and 1937, they have a glowing, chiseled butter quality that vanished as film and optics "improved".

Technical: Nikon D100, 50mm f1.8D, ISO 200, Cokin P series circular polarizer, f/10 @ 1/100s, tripod.  RAW file processed in Lightroom 2.6 for minor corrections, then edited in Nik Silver Efex Pro to simulate Kodak Panatomic film and sepia toner.

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