Medium Format – Love/Hate with a Vengeance

29639245577_0ff04df6e3_bA new thread recently started on the Leica Forum, for pictures taken 30 or more years ago. I got out my binders of contact sheets of my older negatives to look for something I might post. And, as always happens when I do that, I was so taken with my medium format images from the 60’s that few of my 35mm images from the same era really appealed to me.  Continue reading “Medium Format – Love/Hate with a Vengeance”

The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 3 – Inkjet Prints

I have some family photographic prints made before the First World War. They have been stored out of the light at  room temperature for the past 100+ years and, except for the clothes and home furnishings, they look like they could have been made last year. If, by some chance, my great great grandchildren come across a box of my photographs in 2118 I hope that the prints will have held up as well. Printing with pigment inks in black and white on 100% cotton paper makes that more likely to happen. The costs in this post are based on that approach. Continue reading “The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 3 – Inkjet Prints”

Quick Take

In my continuing effort to settle on a single negative format one difference I hadn’t really thought about before is that when the 35mm cameras are in the closet and I am using the medium format cameras I spent a lot less time looking at photography sites on the internet and a lot more time looking at photographs in books in my little library and in the boxes of photographs scattered around the house. Just sayin’

The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 2 – Negatives

The numbers in this post are a snapshot of where my hybrid film workflow is today. I am still taking most of my film pictures with my old Leicas but, increasingly, they are on a tripod with the Visoflex. Shaking hands and failing vision have reduced my percentage of “keepers” when shooting hand held to nearly zero. So marginal costs are of more than academic interest these days as I think about my future in photography. Continue reading “The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 2 – Negatives”

The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 1 – Sunk Cost

When accountants talk about costs they make a distinction between a sunk cost, which is a cost already incurred that cannot be recovered, and a future cost, which is either a cost not yet incurred or a cost already incurred but which can be recovered. Future costs can be complicated to analyze. In the remaining posts of this series of articles I will only address marginal cost, which is the future cost of producing one additional unit.  Continue reading “The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 1 – Sunk Cost”

Stitching Negative Scans

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One reason I started this blog was as a repository for contributions to online discussions of technical photography issues that I find myself making over and over again. It will be easier to point to this post the next time someone complains that their software’s panorama function is not doing what they expected when stitching negative scans. Continue reading “Stitching Negative Scans”