I continued to scan color negatives which are thinner than normal - but managed to get fine results in the end (with more tinkering than usual). Again, so many films I just must have forgotten about... The immense tree at a place located between the parasitic volcano slots of Monte Gorna and Monte Illice around 1000 meter height afoot the Etna Volcano during year 2016. It was the second time Sal invited me to a place he rented - a very old place where they once made wine (and it's still all there).

 

Buzzing Bees

There was this huge tree, with the buzzing from thousands of bees collecting their nectar. We did not get stung a single time, because there is no need to be stung when you live with them, and let them be - which we did. A really fascinating tree and the interaction between animals and plants.

 

Lovely Pentax 6x7 Takumar 105mm f 2.4 lens

The images, now 6 years old - never seen the light of day - were made with the huge, clunky Pentax 67 II camera (handheld), together with the truly lovely Takumar 105mm f 2.4 - creating beautiful images with a touch of old fashion flair (especially in black & white I have noticed). It is also one of the brightest lenses for medium format cameras.

So, yeah, I am delighted to see that I could still pull off good images from the C-41 cold processed negatives which were (in my opinion far too thin). But since that film was well exposed, there was in essence not many problems for me to get the color balance right.

The Takumar 105mm f 2.4 looks like a 50mm lens with ƒ1.2 or ƒ 1.4 aperture on a full frame camera. Really lovely rendering and I am so happy finally to get to see these portraits ! I still can't believe that I didn't work with these.

 

Don't be afraid to work with color channels...

I guess I was too disappointed over the mostly botched 30 color films... that I never looked back. Nor did I have the right tools to correct those color negative images... Now I have - which really changes everything.

Nowadays it is rather rare that I encounter color negatives too complicated to correct. A few here and there, but not often. Most of them turn out (after post processing) really well. But it ain't any push-a-button-and-ready-result style. You have to work with them, and not be afraid sometimes having to go into the three color channels and fine tune the color balance.


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