The Toss.

Shooting with film involves a bit of a leap of faith: you never know if you’ve nailed a shot until well after the fact.

(please click on the image to view at MAXIMUM size and sharpness)

The Toss

↑Leica M3, Kodak Tri-X 400, and Leica 50mm Summicron Rigid @ f/2.

8 thoughts on “The Toss.

  1. mewanchuk says:

    …but then when you do, it is oh so worth it!

    🙂

    -M.

  2. austinbiker says:

    As someone who has his first roll of B&W in his M3 right now, I’d love to know which scanner you are using here on this image as example as a “middle” processing question.

    Also if you felt comfortable recommending a learning resource on post aimed at B&W?

    • Prosophos says:

      I use the Plustek 7600 scanner.

      My workflow consists of scanning as .tiff files at 300 dpi and importing into Aperture/Lightroom where I do minimal levels adjustments (Tri-X has all the “processing” built in!) and then export as JPG.

      Perhaps others can recommend other resources, but that’s all I do.

      Peter.

  3. austinbiker says:

    BIG thanks! Very new to Lightroom, amazing but scary as ……. Awesome to hear that Kodak lets me shortcut most of it.

  4. Jon Streeter says:

    There have been times when, months later, after finally getting around to processing my film, looking at the negatives, often using my DR Summicron as a loupe, wondering what the hell I was thinking of when I shot THAT one.
    This is a beautiful image, all the elements just right. You are indeed an artist.

  5. Couldn’t agree more Peter, sometimes it’s a case of click and hope with fast moving subjects, especially shooting with shallow depth of field.

    This is really well timed, no small task! Very nicely captured moment, loving the recent film photos.

    I recently went to a local show here in vancouver where there were a lot of horse related events, and was really pleasantly surprised that one particular shot came out of a fast moving horse snapped through a fence. Very satisfying when it works out!

    You mentioned other resources worth checking out, one which I’ve been really impressed with is Neat Image NR. It has the most refined grain control capabilities I’ve ever seen.

    I don’t know about you, but with scanning 35mm film I want to keep the grain visible – it’s so much a part of the character of the image that it I see no reason to want to try and eliminate it completely; however I do like to have some control over it, especially in scanning colour where rgb noise can creep in that was never part of the original image.

    Neat image allows reduction based on small, med and large grain clusters, has sliders for each, great live previews and masking, and manages to do all this without killing any of your detail and causing that plasticky look that too much noise reduction can create.

    Of course you still have to approach the process with care, but it’s now a regular part of my workflow and I love it.

    Applied before a sharpening pass in photoshop or lightroom is where I find it fits best. Cheap as chips too, well worth a free trial at least!

    Hope you had a great weekend,

    James

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