Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 69,921   Posts: 1,522,089   Online: 764
      
Page 3 of 10 FirstFirst 123456789 ... LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 97
  1. #21

    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    617
    I like Ektar, I understand it was Kodak's effort to make a C41 film with the characteristics of a slide film. I think they did pretty well, and it might be the first colour film I use in 4x5.

  2. #22

    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Chattanooga TN
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    496
    Images
    11
    I guess I could try shooting it at ISO 50. But then I could use Vision3 50D instead, also virtually grainless but I've had a lot of luck with the ECN-2 stocks. Contrast can be managed upwards in RA4 printing (by adding hydrogen peroxide), but regrettably, not downward.

    I'm also wondering if Ektar is intolerant of even the slightest processing error. Maybe it is a film that should always be sent to a professional lab, or at least always only Kodak developer used.

    As for Fuji, how different was the Pro C film from the Pro S? I have lots of Pro S, but I'm not sure if I like the grain.

    And as for the Ektar, I have been printing it on Crystal Archive C, which I get good results on with Portra; maybe I should try printing on Portra Endura, which I also have on hand.
    Last edited by newcan1; 03-31-2013 at 06:29 AM. Click to view previous post history.

  3. #23

    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Southern USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    3,769
    Not only do shadows in open shade tend toward blue so do objects in the distance due to light scatter which removes much of the red component of daylight light. Nature does her own thing whether we like it or not.

    A word of warning, never use a new film or camera on an important trip. Wait until you become familiar with what is new.
    Last edited by Gerald C Koch; 03-31-2013 at 09:34 AM. Click to view previous post history.
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  4. #24

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    235
    Just overexpose it a stop and see what happens. It'll be better.

  5. #25
    RPC
    RPC is offline

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    361
    Quote Originally Posted by newcan1 View Post
    Contrast can be managed upwards in RA4 printing (by adding hydrogen peroxide), but regrettably, not downward.
    Try adding sulfite to the developer or lowering the pH.

  6. #26
    DanielStone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    2,950
    Images
    1
    I have made a few enlargements(direct optical c-prints) of some 645 Ektar 100 negs. Here's some examples of what can be achieved:

    notes:
    Pentax 645NII w/ 80-160mm zoom lens
    Ektar 100, exposed @ 80ASA(next time I'll be using ASA50 for more shadow detail)
    Processed (normal) @ IconLA in Kodak chemistry
    Printed to Fuji Crystal Archive(Freestyle's re-branded stuff), processed in Fuji chems in a Colex RA-4 processor(local photo center has a full wet lab)
    no contrast or color control masks have been employed, just straight prints

    I've also included a contact sheet from another roll showing the saturation possible with this film

    -Dan

    EDIT: It seems the uploads have lost some of their "punch" color-wise, as the yellow of the car is VERY yellow. Of course, this representation might be affected by your monitor's brightness level. But you get an idea. Also the .jpeg conversion seems to have cut into the sky(top left, 1st picture) showing some banding/artifacting not present in the optical print itself of course
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails ektarcprint_4x6_traincar.jpg   ektarcprint_4x6_traincar_contactsheet.jpg  

  7. #27

    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Chattanooga TN
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    496
    Images
    11
    Daniel, these are impressive - but you have certainly chosen your subjects carefully, It seems to lend itself to bright subjects where there is little difference in light over the subject. My pictures were of landscapes and country barns where there were distant hills, and the hills in particular were awful; another poster explained how atmospheric refraction may make the distant light more blue, and Ektar is just being "accurate" -- not much use to me, however, if it is accurate without a brain to interpret colors.

    I did see that on your proof sheet, a few of the images did seem to have a blue cast. Especially the fourth picture on the top row.

    These posts have been very useful, and I have picked up some useful information. It would seem first, to treat the film as a 50 ASA film; and second, pick bright subjects with even illumination. And I still think that processing tolerance is an issue; maybe Ektar is more finicky than other emulsions I have developed successfully. I also look forward to seeing if paper choice makes a difference.

    I will pack a few rolls of Ektar for my trip, along with everything else, and an extra camera body so I can shoot it alongside Portra or whatever else I take with me.

  8. #28
    Steve Smith's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Ryde, Isle of Wight
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    8,553
    Images
    122
    Quote Originally Posted by newcan1 View Post
    Ron, my problem is that when the world is indeed a sunny day, the shadows are blue!
    As they are in real life.

    Quote Originally Posted by pentaxuser View Post
    Unless you arrive in the U.K. at our very sunny and bright period of the year and who knows when that will be....
    I believe it is scheduled for the 27th of August this year.


    Steve.

  9. #29
    StoneNYC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Connecticut, USA
    Shooter
    8x10 Format
    Posts
    7,018
    Images
    223
    Ektar100 isn't great with skin tones and does give a very distinct look, the following are basically all the same setting but with the movement of the models I thought you would like to see some of the shadow areas. I see a slight blue but nothing that for me personally was too much, perhaps you've slightly under exposed them? I know Ektar100 is also more specific when it comes to exposure, it acts more like slide film in that regard, you have to get the exposure spot on-ish.

    Warning, there is implied nudity in the following images and if you don't want to see that don't look, also, it's for subscribers only, sorry.

    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...mageuser=59230
    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...mageuser=59230
    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...mageuser=59230
    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...mageuser=59230

  10. #30
    StoneNYC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Connecticut, USA
    Shooter
    8x10 Format
    Posts
    7,018
    Images
    223
    hmm I didn't see this second page... after seeing the above colorful images... I feel ashamed of my dull boring models haha, it was however my first use of that film and I was going for a certain diminished look, I chose a very dull surrounding on a very cold bland day, sorry folks haha But the red dress is really red...

Page 3 of 10 FirstFirst 123456789 ... LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin