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hilly


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Hi everyone,this image was taken using Kodak C41 film and processed by chemist in town.Just need a bit of advice on trying to print C41 film. This scanned print was exposed for 120 seconds.Mainly the sky is grey in the print how would i go about getting the sky less grey and any general tips on improving this image?
Thanks,
Hilly
Date: Wed, 19, January, 2011 Views: 3224
Filesize: 93.9kb, 445.0kb Dimensions: 1500 x 1047
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Keywords: Foggy Trees
Film make, size & rating:: Kodak BW400CN
Film developer & temp:: ?
Lens focal length, aperture & speed:: F22
Tripod used Y/N:: Y

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hilly
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Wed, 19, January, 2011 4:07pm

Sorry forgot to say i used a number 2 filter when printing image
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Wed, 19, January, 2011 6:44pm

Reducing the tone of the sky could be achieved by reducing the overall exposure; however that would also reduce the tone of all parts of the print, which may not be the result that you want.
Increasing the contrast, by using a higher numbered filter will allow you to increase the darker tones whilst lightening the light tones, a change in exposure will almost certainly be required as well. Nice image by the way, well worth spending time on.
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hilly
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Thu, 20, January, 2011 12:31pm

Hi Dave, thanks for your comments much appreciated. Will certainly try using a higher filter when i get my darkroom set up again.
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PavelDerka
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Registered: September 2010
Location: Selma, NC, USA
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Sun, 23, January, 2011 6:37pm

Marvelous atmosphere! I have to confess that foggy pictures are something where I seem to always get my exposures wrong. I can never convey the mood as you have done here. I guess you could say I'm in fog about fog. Smile You obviously are NOT! Great stuff.
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PavelDerka
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Sun, 23, January, 2011 6:39pm

I dont feel any aspect of this print needs any change but as Dave has said perhaps more contrast could be tried if you want more black in the trees. I like the slight tilt of the trees as I feel it adds to the print.
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VickiB
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Registered: November 2010
Location: Selma, North Carolina
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Sun, 23, January, 2011 6:43pm

Hilly,


I have tried on numerous occasions to take pictures in the fog, but never with such stellar results as you achieved in this print. I was, in fact, shocked to see it in the "Help" gallery! I am afraid that increasing the contrast will result in a humdrum picture; what you have shown here, on the contrary, is unique in its portrayal of the mysterious mood of a foggy day. I would love to see more.


Regards,
Vicki
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hilly
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Mon, 24, January, 2011 1:29pm

Hi guys thanks for your kind words. I think its the purple hue on the image i don't like but perhaps that is the case for C41 film? Not sure.will try a 5 filter tomorrow to see how it works out then post the results when i have time.
Once again thanks.
Hilly
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PavelDerka
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Sun, 30, January, 2011 3:30pm

How did the #5 turn out?


I'd be tempted to use a harder filter on the right hand side most and then less and less towards about the middle? Perhaps it would add even more of a feel of the fog and emphasize the depth? I don't know ... but this is a great negative to spend hours and hours with in the dark! Smile
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hilly
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Wed, 9, February, 2011 11:25am

Hi Pavel, Been busy of late and haven't had the chance to setup my darkroom. Hopefully will find time later this week!
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peterlg
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Registered: December 2010
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Tue, 8, March, 2011 6:13pm

Hilly,
I find your photo beautiful. Your idea of clearing the sky a bit may be good and could probably be obtained by using a harder filter, and you could try to pre-flash or pre-fog the paper to avoid the sky gets to light.
good luck, Peter
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vincent

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Location: Co. Kildare Ireland
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Mon, 4, April, 2011 11:21am

Hilly,
Like other people I quite like your picture as it is and would not be inclined to change it. However two things occur to me 1. What aperture do you set your enlarging lens at? If you could open it up by 1 stop your exposure time would be halved . The other thing you could do to shade the sky area with your hand during the exposure, this would lighten the sky area while the rest remains the same.
Experimenting with this type of negative is a great learning process. Good luck in the darkroom.

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B&W Neil

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Sun, 21, August, 2011 7:41pm

A very good image.


I would up the grade a tad and hold back the R/H side a little.


Neil.

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"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Aristotle Neil Souch - mono-inthedark.co.uk
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hilly
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Fri, 9, September, 2011 9:31am

HI Neil,
Thanks for the comment.Will take your advice the next time i get the chance to setup my darkroom.Started a new job and its taking up my time at the moment and of course i need to put all my focus on the wife at the weekend.Need to get something sorted as i am missing the smell of Rodinal!!
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