SOFOBOMO: Leap of Faith

M6TTL, 50 Hex, TMY2, Xtol

M6TTL, 50 Hex, TMY2, Xtol

I’m starting over, scrapping the Paris photos and nearly completely rethinking my SoFoBoMo project. The Paris photos just weren’t working for me. I never quite like my own travel photos anyway. They always seem to have a momentum that belongs to someone else, as if the vacation is taking the photos instead of me. All the novelty of travel overwhelms my sense of my own style. I’m much more successful in a place I know.

So, vacation photos out, here photos in. The roll from the first half of this week has 20+ photos that I’d be happy to put together into a book. Hopefully I’ll find the balance of 35 on the half-shot roll in the camera. I should still be able to finish in time, but this reminds me of a university essay; three weeks fooling around, chasing tangents and banging my head against the wall, only to scrap the whole thing and rewrite in a fit of energy in the last few days.

SOFOBOMO: sorting

M6TTL, 50 Hex, TMY2, Xtol

M6TTL, 50 Hex, TMY2, Xtol

It took me less than a week to get all the film developed and scanned, so I’m a bit ahead of schedule. This was my first opportunity to put the Coolscan 9000 to the kind of daily use it takes to really get to know a piece of equipment. Somethings I’ve learned:

  • You can have VueScan ring a bell when it is done, useful when you feel like leaving the room to read book.
  • Click the box for Fine mode unless you want to find banding in your scans.
  • The Coolscan 9000 is much more capable of dealing with full density negs than the ScanDual IV was, to the extent that I’ve started to correct my long running habit of under-developing.
  • The two strip 35mm holder is great for big scanning projects. Yeah, it doesn’t hold the negs completely flat, , but I’ve only found one scan that showed obvious results of field curvature, and I suppose you could always rescan with the glass carrier later.

I’ve now got two weeks to put the book together from the raw scan files. Apart from one roll that I dropped while hanging to dry, the negatives are remarkably clean, so the post processing is just inversion and curve work, and I’ve already made my first pass at that while scanning. I’ll need to make a second and third pass, and go back and redo some of the conversions from the first pass, but here is what I’ve got so far:

Contact Sheet PDF

SOFOBOMO: week one done

M6TTL, 50 Hex, TMY2, Xtol Stock

M6TTL, 50 Hex, TMY2, Xtol Stock

Kate and I are back from our vacation to Paris, where I started my SOFOBOMO fuzzy month. I’ve now got a pile of film to scan and develop, 10 rolls, four more than I had planned on. I’ve already developed four of those, and the scanner is humming along beside me as a I type. In addition to the usual Raw scan files, I’m also having vuescan output a JPEG with the TMax preset. These JPEGs are dark and low contrast, but they let me quickly eyeball the whole roll without doing one by one conversions of each frame. Hopefully these will help with the editing process, which if all goes well I should be able to start next week. Until then, I’ll be developing and scanning.

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M6TTL, Lens Unrecorded, TMY2, Xtol Stock

M6TTL, Lens Unrecorded, TMY2, Xtol Stock

This might be the last post for a while. I’m off to Paris for week on Friday, and there isn’t much in the photo queue between now and then. I will be starting my SOFOBOMO fuzzy month while on vacation, so more on that when I return.