A taste of Christmas

Christmas is near so what’s better than getting a first taste by visiting a beautiful Christmas village. Located at Trikala, Greece its a wondeful place to visit with your family (you can find more info here).

I took with me two cameras, the Plaubel Makina 67 and the Fuji X100 (the later was used for family photos, since with digital I can take as many photos as I want to without being worried about the cost of film).

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(Plaubel Makina 67, Kodak Portra 800)

I shot two rolls of film, a Portra 160NC and a Portra 800. We arrived just before dusk so I though there was time to make some good images with a slow film. It turned out that I had to shoot the whole ISO 160 roll at available light, but it turned out that it was not a serious problem.

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(Plaubel Makina 67, Kodak Portra 160NC)

The image above is not perfectly clear but that was due to the fact that I was accidentally pushed. Despite that movement the image is quite good. With the f/2.8 fast lens of the Makina (fast for a 6×7 camera, that is) I could easily shoot at 1/4 speeds. The Makina is a rangefinder camera so you don’t have a mirror to cause vibrations.

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(Plaubel Makina 67, Kodak Portra 160NC)

At 1/4 speeds there will be blur movement but I like very much the image above.

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(Plaubel Makina 67, Kodak Portra 160NC)

Now, the image above is my favorite. I have printed it A4 size and it really looks like a painting. The only post process was highlights recovery (which is so easy to do with film). I am going to print this photo on canvas at A3 size and hang it on my wall for the Christmas season !! Medium format images are meant to printed, there is a certain quality that cannot be seen on the monitor screen.

During this month I have been shooting a lot under available light. To my own surprise, I didn’t need to use crazy ISO values like 3200 or 6400 to get the images I wanted. For shooting family snapshots I really appreciate the high ISO performance of my Fuji X100 or Sony NEX 5N which gives decent shutter speeds, but for own work I can shoot film under most circumstances.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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3 Responses to A taste of Christmas

  1. Angus says:

    Quick question, how do you get your color negs to scan right and give true color? I’m having a hard time getting vuescan to work for me in this area….

    • kbesios says:

      I am using the Nikon Scan software with the Coolscan 9000, it seems to get the color right. You can also try to scan as positive and convert to color with the ColorPerfect plugin for Photoshop

      • Angus says:

        Thank you for the suggestion. VueScan doesn’t have the new Portra so that may be part of the problem. I’m loath to get into color negs if I can’t get the scanning right – even if the dynamic range is higher than slides.

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