"I can't even think out the foreign analogue for MZ film - is there still any?"
A direct replacement is Kodak Aerocon II 2422 'Direct Positive'.
They also make 2425 negative film. There is some 2422 on ebay now, it comes up often. Nice for lens tests, it's rated to 500lpm and can be handled under safelight. I never thought to use it for portraits.
My father was in the 1960s the Electrical Officer on HM Royal Yacht Britannia (in fact I spent my 16th birthday on board). He is a steam engineer by training. His comment on elecricity: "I don't trust it. You can't see it, and it bites."
Yes, the EU (and US) visa requirements are absurdly restrictive too. Never mind. As soon as we can get back in easily, we'll see you in Moscow.
You wouldn't be going to photokina by any chance?
Originally Posted by eumenius
They all look pretty darn good to me, I wonder how you got the young Yul Brenner to pose for you? :-) Really a "Good job", If you try Jim's suggestion I hope you will keep us informed.
Heh, specialty Kodak films... still made, that's good! I don't think they could be imported to Russia, I remember my story with Kodak and electron microscopy film - I still get shivers sometimes
Originally Posted by phfitz
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if there is any help I might offer, let me know - and I hope you would get the visa anyway, so I and my darkroom would welcome you
Photokina should be a nice place to visit, but I'm afraid I'm too busy and too poor to go there
Cheers, and see you in Russia soon - Zhenya
Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
I'm very pleased to hear from you that the effects I inadvertently created with unsensibilized film and uncoated lens are pleasing to your eye. It definitely beats the pants off that long sought-after ortho film effect - the main drawback is a low film speed, but it still works Everyone around kept asking me which Photoshop filter did I employ for such a dark complexion, hehehe
Yes, Yul Brenner was originally from Russia - so my dear friend Lesha should be his reserve copy, no doubt They look really similar in many ways, that's right - and I'm really itching to do more good LF portraits of him, maybe even for a small friendly exhibition He's a very nice guy, too - not only an excellent model.
Thanks, Charles, and I promise to keep you informed about this Jim's trick - that could be very interesting, an in-camera masking.
Originally Posted by Charles Webb
I think you have it wrong in relation to your lighting set-up. Most classic portraiture in the era of blue-sensitive emulsions, and wet-plate photography was done with diffused sunlight comming through skylights and modified with cloth diffusers and reflector panels to fill in the shadow side.
I have often wondered if the same "blue sensitivity" only effect could be achieved on panchromatic film with a deep blue filter?
You say that that's direct positive film?
So that's a direct, non-invereted scan from the film?
I don't get what you mean by "color blind" emulsion. All emulsion reacts somewhat to color, it's just how physics works.