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Cinestill 800T at the Morning Times – Raleigh

A few months ago I decided to try Cinestill 800T film, which is Kodak motion picture film with the remjet removed to make it possible to process in standard C-41. This film has some unique properties in that it is tungsten balanced and boasts being able to be pushed to ISO 3200. The high ISO is really what attracted me to Cinestill and so the first roll I shot at 3200 and developed in the Tetenal C-41 kit with a 3-st
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Why Large Format? Resolution.

As a photographer who uses large format film as a medium, I wanted to make a post about why I use large format film. There are a lot of reasons why 4×5 works best for me and I’ll have some subsequent posts that dig into this topic further. For this post, I wanted to demonstrate the resolution of 4×5 film. On my scanner, I only scan the film at 2400dpi, so I get roughly 100 megapixels per 4×5 scan
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Deco in Downtown Raleigh

Over the last few years, Downtown Raleigh has really started to grow up and a number of interesting and creative businesses have been emerging. In addition to that, some of these new businesses have been putting up really cool signs. The one that seems to always catch my attention is the Deco sign on West Hargett Street. Not too long ago, I was out photographing Raleigh with Wesley Duffee-Braun. As such, I was able t
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Charleston Marina

In addition to the Magnolia Gardens, I spent a little bit of time down at the public marina around sunrise. The image that I’m sharing now is one that I visualized in black and white, composed with the purpose of making it black and white and then ended up doing both black and white and color. When I saw the colors on the ground glass, I knew that I had to make this image in both black and white as originally s
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Magnolia Gardens in Bloom

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of traveling to Charleston, South Carolina and making a side trip to the Magnolia Gardens. If you ever go to Charleston, you should strongly consider making the trip to the Gardens. I took the Crown Graphic and my R3. The R3 was loaded with Kodak Portra and the Crown Graphic saw the use of Ektar 100 to record the beautiful early morning light in this wonderfully maintained low co
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Arthur Ravenel Bridge – Charleston, SC

Sunset in Charleston behind the Arthur Ravenel Bridge on Kodak Ektar 100 shot with the Crown Graphic and my 210mm f/6.1 Caltar lens. Reciprocity calculated with the Reciprocity Timer application.
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New Mexico: Aspen Vista Sunset

Continuing with the posts from New Mexico, I’d like to share an image that I made at Aspen Vista, north of Santa Fe. This image was made right after the sun dropped below the horizon and you can see the muted bands of color on the mountainside. To witness this sunset in person was very calming and it was my intention with this image to capture that calm.
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Ghost Ranch Tree Revisited

ColorPerfect – Before and After

Let me start by saying that I am not affiliated with ColorPerfect, but I have decided that this is one Photoshop plugin that’s worth the cost! I first spoke about this tool in my “Return to New Orleans” blog post and I have since been rescanning my C-41 Color Negative Film from last year. The premise of ColorPerfect is simple. Give it a raw linear scan of the negative that hasn’t been converte
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Return to New Orleans

After a long hiatus from this blog, I’m returning with a set of images from New Orleans on Kodak Portra 400. I have recently had the revelation that when scanning color negative film, the best way to do the color conversion is to perform a linear scan and feed that into a piece of software called Color Perfect. This software is based on the idea that the negative inversion algorithm for producing a positive ima
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New Mexico: Ghost Ranch

In addition to being a retreat center run by the Presbyterians, Ghost Ranch is an amazing geographical area with several hiking trails. The landscape of Ghost Ranch was popularized by Georgia O’Keefe and her time in Abiquiu. Ansel Adams had the following eloquent statement to make about the place: “It is all very beautiful and magical here – a quality which cannot be described. You have to live and
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