some of my very first pictures. The pictures to the left are the
"original" negatives, only rotated, cropped and inverted. Do they look
rather hazy and low in contrast? They should ! Because that is the
nature and one of the benefits of black and white negative panchromatic film: They
are high definition / have a high
dynamic range and are rich in detail both in high- and low light parts
at the same time. Had they looked more contrast - like the prints from
the family album - chances are that there is something wrong with your
camera settings. The digital camera should reproduce as faithfully as
possible the levels of the original analogue film.
In the wet darkroom the
photographer made the final appearance through choice of the
photographic paper and the way that paper was exposed and developed. In the digital
darkroom we do something similar and in both cases, a multitude of
different effects can be achieved. There is no single "truth" as to what
the right picture is/should be.
The pictures to the right
have been modestly enhanced, merely by using the AUTO-LEVEL function in
Garden of my Childhood.
is the garden of my childhood, photographed when I was 11 and 12 years
old with my very first camera, a Dacora Super Dignette on Agfa Isopan F
- no, I didn't take notes when I was 11 but I can read the film brand
name and type on the negatives. Original negatives
have been converted
by means of my Olympus C50 Zoom with an old 135 mm tele lens as a macro front lens.
Today, this and the neighbouring gardens have been turned into a
desolate, un-enchanting parking lot and the huge lumber yard in the back
and to the right has been demolished to give space for new apartment