Cambridge, United Kingdom
11 July 2020
Yashica FX-3 with a Yashica 50mm f/2 lens
Ilford HP5+ film
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I find that I prefer black and white digital photos to those on film, where as I’m more happy with the colour output of the films I’ve shot so far. In part I think it’s because I like more contrast and sharper definition - I find the grain on 35mm easier to forgive on colour (or even celebrate on things like Fujifilm Industrial 100), but in HP5 for instance I find everything is just washed out.
In part that’s because initially I wasn’t editing the photos, not realising that what I got scanned is not necessarily the truth - some labs tend to scan so you have a flat histogram, so you need to tweak the highlights and shadows, or you’ll need to apply some noise reduction when not scanning on the high end gear anyway. For this photo I sat on it for ages unhappy with how the scan came back before tweaking the histogram a bit just made the scene pop more - it’s still not the most exciting photo, but the feeling of the crop in the sun is definitely more present now.