I dipped into my archives again this week and pulled out a companion to the forest shot from two weeks back.
I’m terrible at taking notes so I don’t remember much about this shot. I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying my digital recorder everywhere I go now so the next time I’m out in the woods I’ll be sure to record my notes.
Here’s an alternate version of the photo I posted on Jan. 12. I used a bit of local contrast enhancement and pulled the brightness curve down and to the right which changed the contrast and gave me more shadow. I like this version better.
One of the reasons I develop my film in Diafine is that it scans so well and that’s mostly because film developed in Diafine has rich mid tones. The negatives look a bit grey but that’s a good thing. I always scan @ 16 bit which gives me plenty of room to expand and shape the curve to get the kind of shadows and highlights that I want.
Another reason for using Diafine is that the stuff lasts forever, is reusable, works over a wide temperature range and doesn’t need exact timing.