March 14, 2010

Juliette a charming young french jazz singer. After the show I could shoot this portrait. Lit only by one small lamp, not brighter than a couple of candles.

Minolta X-300, Rokkor 1.7/50 open stop, Fuji Acros100 @ 1600(!), Caffenol-C-M, crop 15x20 mm neg size, scanned with Canoscan8800F and Vuescan, edit with The Gimp.

The Acros 100 was exposed at EI 1600, developed in Caffenol-C-M for 20 minutes at 21 °C. I added +10 % of each ingredient. The neg is thin and needs some edit work. I would not recommend this 4 stop push for daily use. But not too much noise and very small grain here. Probably the smallest grain I ever saw with a 1600 ASA exposure. Watch the bigger size!

Best regards - Reinhold


Heespharm said...

beautiful... and the singer is good looking too... hahah great scan too!

Anonymous said...

Reinhold, that's a great result given the parameters! Do you think it would be possible to show us an unprocessed scan of the negative?

imagesfrugales said...

@ Heespharm: yep, she's a beautiful young lady, and it was a great pleasure to meet her. Thank you.

@ Karuba: every scan program makes internal adjustments, even if all parameters are set to "flat", so displaying an unprocessed scan is not possible and probably not making sense. The negative is quite thin and of low (but usable!) contrast in shadows, and contains still a good tonal range, better than most more dense looking pushed negs coming without any shadow detail.

Cheers - Reinhold

imagesfrugales said...

BTW: there was no noise reduction etc. Only contrast curve, black and white point adjustments with Vuescan and The Gimp, plus sharpening (unsharp masking) with The Gimp.

sven said...

It´s a great picture. And that with caffenol. One question because you said the neg was very thin. Do you think this picture would also be possible in a normal and not digital darkroom? Because I had one day very thin negs, and it was not possible to get a picture that was not grey in grey, even on gradiation 5.

imagesfrugales said...

Hi Sven,

I don't know and it will be the theme for my next trials. Sorry for not beeing more concrete here. I will report asap, but definately not before next week.

Cheers - Reinhold

runlevel0 said...

20 mins for ASA 1600?
would this be the processing time for _real_ ASA 1600 film?