First roll of Agfa Scala BW slide film

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  1. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I love this stuff. I didn't have anywhere special to go so I shot at Oakland Cemetery downtown. I shot with a kind of relaxed zone system and thought I got nice contrast and tonal range.

    Tomb angel

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    A section of the Confederate soldiers.

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    Tomb of the Confederate soldier

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    Closer view

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    Let me know what you think.
     
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    Nice compositions. I am not a B&W nut so perhaps these are just not my style but I think the shadows are too dark.
     
  3. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I like #1 & #2 the most. IMO both of them are some of the best I have seen on the TPF. All have good composition along with a full range on Zone. Very Adams-ISH

    Did you scan the slides or prints? How do they compare with the screen?
    Did you use a tripod?
    Do you think that B&W print film would have came out as good?
    How many rolls did you take? Did most of the frame come out as nice as these?
     
  4. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    you go goth girl, I love the spooky graveyard stuff!

    Yes, these are fab #1 I love the composition, you framed this quite nicely, love the the cross behind the angel, at first glance it looked like a gargoyles mouth 'eating' the angel. wicked shot :thumbsup:

    #2 the gravestones look cool.. tree is a little dark but still a cool shot!

    #3 hrrm.. to much dark tree/shrubbery, or maybe i would have positioned the lion in the center. maybe zoomed in closer or try a shot with more of the iron fencing?

    #4 This is my favourite. Nice one Terri! I love the texture and mood this sets, very nicely composed! Thank goodness we still have a few people here who do stuff in b&w :thumbsup:


    Wish you would post your shots more often, i haven't seen a bad photo post from ya yet :)
     
  5. terri

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    My infrequent posts are cuz so much of my stuff is still plonk! :goodvibe:

    Jeff, thanks for the kind words! I only used the tripod on the second shot. I used my 20mm wide angle lens and was only a couple feet from that tree. This is all from the same roll, yes, and I could have picked a few more, but these seemed a fair representation of what I was getting. There IS plenty of fabulous B&W print film out there, and absolutely, I think I'd have gotten similar results. TMax 100 and TriX 320 are some print films I've used recently, and I also like to shoot infrared a lot to punch up that B&W feel sometimes. :heart:

    Bogleric, Mark: I agree that these appear dark, but truly, they didn't scan all that well, IMO. The actual slides are sooooo much nicer, I fear my puke scan job didn't do justice to this tasty film.

    Actually, I already loaded the top image into the Daylab and shot a 4x5 sepia polapan image of it. I should scan it and add to this thread later. It looks kinda cool. :D

    signed, Goth Gurl :wink:
     
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    hi terri / everyone

    i'm impressed terri. for me 1,2 & 4 are very nice.
    i havent used that film yet - so i viewed this thread straight-off.
    it has nice qualities. not being able to touch and feel that stone,
    its hard to know exactly what its like in reality on a dazzling day (?).
    perhaps a ND Grad filter would have just taken some of the brightness
    of its most highlit areas (with ref - the 1st angelic statue). im no expert -
    just beginning to try this filter myself. the exposure looks pretty right to
    me. should we be instinctively bracketing when we each go try this stuff ?

    excellent terri - thanks for showing..//jack
     
  7. terri

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    Thanks, Jack! My *relaxed* zone approach is to get the indicated meter reading from my camera, then decide what "zone" I've taken it from (Shooting B&W in a cemetery gave me a lot of zone VI that day!) and so adjust exposure accordingly. THEN I always bracket a half-stop up and down from that. It could very well be a filter of some type would have made an impact, but for my first roll, I deliberately stuck with the ol' tried n true approach. :wink:

    And I'm not certain, but I think my scanner exaggerated some of these highlighted areas. Scanning a transparency has its downfalls and I am far from an expert!
     
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    Remembering that B&W is not my favorite I really like the first one and the last one.
    I'd have preferred to see more of the right side of the statue in the last pic but I guess that gate got in the way.
     
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    B&W slide film? Cool! These are really great shots GG. Maybe you've found your niche. :)
     
  10. terri

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    Here we go. I ended up just making a couple of emulsion lifts from the sepia Polapan film out of these. I think I like the tonality here; the Polapan is pretty cool film, too! Curious about what others prefer.

    Here's the lion:

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    And here's the statue:

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  11. vonnagy

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    hey Goth Gurl,

    those look quite wrinkly and wet, did you plop on the scanner whilst they were still drying? quite artistic, think you may have found a new art form there terri :)

    I like the sepia colourstoo! Just goes to show if ya take a fab shot, you can do all sorts of fun stuff with it and not lose quality.
     
  12. terri

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    No, they're completely dried down, Mark! They're emulsion lifts - I projected the Scala image onto the Polapan sepia film and then lifted the emulsion from the Polapan and transferred it to watercolor paper. I played with the emulsion a little for the wrinkled and torn effect.

    I normally post this kind of thing over in the "alternative techniques" forum, but since the originals were here I thought it might make it more interesting. I'm glad you like them! :D
     

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