The first film I've shot in nearly 20 years - some snaps of my daughter

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  1. Mav

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    I was getting into photography at the dawn of the digital revolution so I never really shot much film aside from a little on the Ricoh film SLR that my father had, and a crappy pocket 35mm film camera that I had in college. After that I had digital point and shoots and finally got started with DSLRs in 2006. The more I read and learn about film though, the more I couldn't help but think I was missing something. Sooo.... I pulled the trigger the other week and bought a used Nikon F100 with a grip for next to nothing, loaded some film into it, slapped my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D lens on it and just picked up the scans and set of 5x7" prints from Costco today.

    Shot with Ilford B&W XP2 Super 400 C41, courtesy of the person that sold me the F100. This was really just a functional check of the F100 more than anything, but holy heck I managed to get 7 or 8 keepers on a 36 exp roll. That's better than I do on digital! :lmao:

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    Now compare those with one recent portrait using my Nikon D40 and Nikkor 17-55 DX f/2.8 lens, shot at 55mm, f/4, iso400.

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    Lovely color shot, but I dunno. The film has a richness and texture that the digital just isn't matching. Even my wife and my mother-in-law saw the B&W's and were like 'ooooooooooohhh, that's nice!' The digital looks "too processed" and synthesized and the skin just looks plasticy. There's no texture or "feel". And just eyeballing it, the dynamic range of the B&W film is huge. Some of these photos I would have been fighting highlight blowouts like crazy on digital. Anyways a lot of this is pretty subjective, but I really like the look and feel of film and am going to shoot more of it. :)

    Next up I have a couple rolls of Fuji 400 Superia, 100 Reala, and some 100F Velvia E6 slide film. Going to the beach in about two weeks and I think I'm going to get some slower speed finer grain B&W film. I really like the B&Ws so far. :)

    BTW it cost a whopping $2.99 to develop and burn the 36 exp roll to CD at Costco, and $5.85 for a set of 5x7" prints. Next time I'll probably skip the prints and just go with the CD only since I did some minor editing to all of these. Oh the D40 and 17-55 shot was straight off the camera.
     
  2. JimmyO

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    Shesh, Turn down the ISO on those first ones!










    ^^^That was a joke

    Great shots!
    Theres something awesome about shooting film still. Your alot less trigger happy and you usually get more properly exposed/composed pictures.
     
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    I knew somebody would comment about needing to turn the ISO down. :lol: Yeah you're definitely more selective with film as far as when to hit the shutter. :) The F100 is a very solid camera too - makes my D80 and D40 seem like toys in comparison.
     
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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thank you for posting these, I've been getting the noisey line way too frequently and I have been growing frustrated to say the least. I've been getting dissapointed with everything I have been shooting lately and fell back into an old habit of mine and it cost me a fortune. Seeing these has reminded me that patients is more important and that people will forget about the grain if there is something worth looking at.
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Number two is awesome!
     
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    The forth and the sixth are amazing! Well done!
     
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    i really like number 5... really cool eyes
     
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    Really wonderful photos. They have a journalistic feel to them
     
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    Oh I really like these. Film definitely has a special something that digital doesn't. Your daughter has beautiful eyes! I really like the comps and lighting in these.
     
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    I love the noise that you can get with film. Pictures, for the most part, stay sharp and it just adds something extra to the frame. I really like them. 2 and 3 where you are looking up to here I am really drawn to. The lighting on her face and short DOF are excellent.
     
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    Once upon a time we used to call it grain... :lol:
     
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    Lovely pictures, and the graininess suits them. I think that the graininess (grain-like appearance) must be because of the scanning or post-processing, because it looks uncharacteristically obvious for XP2.

    I hope that you don't mind me posting this link, but it is an example of ISO 800 dye-image film (XP-2 is an ISO 400 dye-image film) with a very wide range of scene brightness. No noise reduction was used in post processing. Hopefully you will be able to see the lack of graininess from the shadows to the highlights.

    Best,
    Helen
     

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