Friday, January 12, 2007

Unique Film Friday - Grainy Butter and Eggs


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Minolta Dynax 9
Film - Kodak TMax 3200
Shutter Speed - 1/45
Aperture Setting - f-11 Aperture Mode
Lens - Minolta 50mm macro lens
Scanning Method - Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanner

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So, I received back two rolls of b&w film that I had sent to the lab a couple weeks before Christmas. Usually my films aren’t out this long, but with the holidays and some enlargements I had made also in the order, that slowed things down. Speaking of slow, one of the films was a slow film, ISO 50, and the other was fast, ISO 3200. I got a few postables from the 3200, but I’m not so sure about the PanF. There may be a couple. I almost posted one this morning, but the horizon wasn’t straight enough. The quality of the film is outstanding, though. I will definitely be shooting with that one again. I’ve never achieved such a silky and silvery look from a long exposure before. I’m hoping to load up a roll of Efke ISO 25 this weekend. It’s supposed to be cloudy most of the weekend, and normally that would bum me out. But the weather may be perfect for some more long exposures with this slow film that has a very high silver content. I have a new stand for my flash and umbrella, so if I can get my kids to sit for some portraits, I’ll practice that as well.

Today you get something grainy. Butter and Eggs. The scanner did pretty well with this shot. There’s a wee bit of details lost in the highlights of the butter pats that can be seen on the print, but I’ve not learned how to fix that yet. Actually, the only thing I’ve learned so far is how to remove the dust the software doesn’t. The one thing I like about Max 3200 is the way it captures every detail, despite the grainy appearance. Once again, it did not disappoint on the portraits of the kids either.

Have a wonderful weekend and get some shots in.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice grainy butter. I love PanF. It's so smooth, I'd like to just curl up in the stuff.
Hope your weather is cooperative for some shooting this weekend.


11:54 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Nice still life. Composition and lighting are perfect.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

I really like this shot, Micki. So simple, but so nice. Great job!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

Mmm butter and eggs my favorite breakfast. Just kidding but you have a nice product shot here, seems timeless in a way.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

I really like this shot, Micki. So simple, but so nice. Great job!

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the simplicity, nice one Micki!

1:29 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Nice shot of a very simple everyday subject. The shadows on the butter pats really work well.

1:34 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

again, im possibly being too picky, but i dont like the fact that the left egg is slightly cropped out....that said, uve turned something ordinary into a piece of art...

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

LOVE IT! it love this stuff, remeinds me so much of old prints!

Missed yeah!

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Butter, Eggs, Flour, Sugar, vanilla, Chocolate chips...hmmmmmm...inspiring photo!

I love these kinds of photos! They are such fun and you do them so very well.

So did you bake anything yummy with those ingredients when you were done shooting?

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

Fine treat ment of this subject Micki! The grain gives softness to your image!

5:11 PM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Love this grainy image Micki.
And I'll make for my kid'a pan cake,baked egg and bacon every weekend.this is my weekend work :D

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

I really like this, Micki. Your still lifes are so well done. Love the grain.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Yummy shot....yummy grain.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous wim said...

Pity that so much detail is lost (as you mentioned), but I really love the grain. I'm really envious as how you managed to create this at iso 3200 with a shutterspeed of 1/45. Mine are always overexposed when I use these settings.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous paul said...

Beautiful picture, Micki! B&W is so perfect for some things! This is one of them.

If you'll scan and send me the picture with the crooked horizon, I'll straighten it for you. :-) I know that you don't do Photoshop. ;-)

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Miss me Micki? :)

I was initially thinking way too grainy on this shot, but the more I look at it, the more it seems to work for me, maybe I would have cropped out the edge of the table bottm right, keeps distracting me eyes.


6:34 AM  
Anonymous torekimi said...

When anybody asks how I like my eggs, I always say, 'grainy'. Yeah. The grainier, the better. But the butter has to be salted.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Gardengirl said...

Only you and you very creative mind would think to take a picture of butter and eggs. Beautiful !!!! Makes me want to go to the kitchen and cook something.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Solaria said...

See, this is exactly why I'd like to get back into shooting film again!!
ISO 3200? Looks great! (and.. making me hungry... lol..)

Nice work!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

It's perfect.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

this is butter ? it looks strange...not like romanian butter... :)

6:04 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Such delicious grain in this tasty image of the start of something yummy :-)

8:45 AM  
Anonymous darr said...

Good enviromental still life with soft yet direct lighting. Nice image Micki.

1:21 PM  

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