“New” Tri-X in Rodinal – Who Knew?

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In an effort to simplify my hybrid film workflow I experimented with a variety of films, developers, and scanning and post-processing techniques, but I did so in a haphazard manner and didn’t come up with any clear answers. I’d just about given up when I hit on the idea of simplifying one thing at a time, and finally everything fell into place.

[SPOILER: The answer turned out to be Tri-X, developed in Rodinal, scanned as RAW with a digital camera, and post-processed with nothing more than inverting, setting the black and white levels and adjusting the gamma.]

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Is IQ a chimera?

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Intelligence Quotient (abbreviated IQ) Tests are under increasing attack as a fundamentally flawed means of determining intelligence because they do not take into account the complex nature of the human intellect and its different components. I suspect that they will eventually be thought of in much the same way that we think of phrenology todayImage Quality (also abbreviated IQ) is an interesting parallel. Continue reading “Is IQ a chimera?”

The Last Straw

I’ve been using the expression “the last straw” for most of my life without really appreciating the metaphor. I’ve been fine with “last” – done, finished, the end, punto final. It’s the “straw” that I haven’t really thought about. That changed this morning. Contemplating moving my negative digitizing setup from my office upstairs to my desk in the apartment I brought the little Logan light box downstairs to see if it would fit in one of the desk drawers. It did fit, but when I took it back upstairs and turned it on to look at some negatives it flickered briefly and went off. “That’s it, I’m done,” I thought.  Continue reading “The Last Straw”

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”

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”