There is no time pressure to send this photo long distance, and I used RC, instead of fiber, paper to make this print. So I was able to figure out a way to mount this with picture frame and included mounting board from the Michael’s Store.
I think the image looks better in person than this scanned file. I wonder if its because I knew the effort involved, or is it because I am trying to make excuses for looking to purchase a new scanner? The scanner I have is Canon CanoScan LiDE 500F, purchased on October 20, 2005.
I purchased Luminar 2018 software recently as a token of appreciation for free educational podcasts produced by folks at PhotoPodcasts.com The purchase decision is also caused by my computer’s disagreement with the Nik software application SilverEfex Pro 2 – I get randomly generated border blocks around the frame. The same source image files does not elicit comparable effects on my brother’s beefier and newer machines. So it looks like the disagreement is over the adequacy of my 2011 MacBook Air with only 2 GB of memory. When I upgrade to a new computer, hopefully not soon, I will re-evaluate Nik software, or its successor under new ownership. For now, I get to learn a new software package. Here is one created with the orange contrast filter effect.
This image was captured on a budget black and white negative by Ultrafine. I had set aside the negative in my refrigerator for almost exactly 6 months before I developed the film. Being rusty from lack of practice and still chose to use a steel development reel in the community dark room, I almost wiped out this image by allowing uneven development because of a kink in film reel…I was very fortunate that damage to this frame was far enough away from the subject to be able to make this print.
Note to self: Shoot and develop more often.
Station 6 enlarger, f/5.6 +3 contrast filter, 17″ + 20″ burn, Pearl RC paper.
I wish to share an exciting news for fellow photo enthusiasts – there is a new 35mm film camera due to come out next year.
“Reflex is the first update on a manual 35mm SLR camera system in over 25 years.”
I back this kickstarter campaign, not because I need a new camera. I have too many already. I am doing this to support the community. It helps that the design is ingenious – I will be able to swap film back without getting into a Hasselblad system, or carrying a second camera body.