Blue Sky, or Blue Sky?

by Todd on October 16, 2011

Just a few more shots from around Iowa this fall. I suppose I should look into finding a good white balance routine for film. The sky is a different shade of blue in every one of these! It’s so much easier with digital…

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Rob Oresteen October 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

Well, it’s all in the scan.

Do you scan your self or let a lab do it. These all look slightly over exposed to me, which might lead to the washed out skies.

Also, do you hand meter or off the camera?. I would bracket in 1/2 stops 2 + and 2- from either camera or light meter readings and take notes to determine your own personal EV for that lens-camera-film combination.

Just my 2 cents.

Love the name of the blog, btw.


Todd October 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hey Rob, thanks for stopping by. :)

I can tweak the colors while scanning, of course, but in this case, I didn’t….just left them all at what the auto setting gave me on my cheapo Epson scanner. I scan enough that I can’t afford to pay a lab to do it right now, and unfortunately I’m too damn busy to spend time getting better at scanning. Maybe this winter. I bought VueScan, and I’m sure it’s great. But out of the box, with no effort, the Epson software gives me better results. I really need to figure out VS, though, I know it’s better and much more configurable.

The finder I have for my Bronica has a twitchy meter, and I’ve never metered off-camera. Often I use a digital camera, or an old 35mm (center-weighted) to dial in exposure. In this particular case, I had nothing else with me, so the exposures were just guesses based on very limited experience.


silvia November 10, 2011 at 3:19 am

Hi Todd,
Congratulations for the blog. Nicely written and interesting for me as I have just bought a Pentax MX and I am looking forward to use it, develop and experiment.
Could you please let me know which scanner do you use? which settings? I have an Epson V500. My photos are no too good (yet) but the scanning results are bad. Your photos are relly good and they look nicely scanned and look fantastic!


Todd December 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Silvia, thanks so much. I use the V500 as well, and mostly I just use the Epson software, with default settings. Occasionally I tweak the levels a tiny bit, but mostly in cases of high dynamic range, or when my exposure was a bit dodgy.


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