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6x7 negative scanned on an Epson V700 with what people shorten to ANR - anti newton ring glass. Without the anti newton ring glass I had scanned this neg previously (with the V700) and it was newton ring heaven, or hell for that matter. Newton rings are very irritating patterns that appear on glass scanners. It's very hard to hold the negative completely flat without glass with big negatives, so ANR glass slightly fuzzes the image eliminating the rings. The glass is shiny on one side, and appears matte on the other. ANR is a little bit similar in concept to AA (anti aliasing) filters on the majority of digital cameras, but to eliminate a different pattern being 'moiré' in that case. Both moiré and newton rings bring a pattern and rainbow colors. I'd love to have a look inside a professional high output scanner like the Noritsu and see exactly how it manages to hold the negative so flat as I assume it is glass-less. Readers if you have had first hand experience with one of these high end scanners please fill us in in the comment section below. More information and ability to purchase ANR glass here. In case you hadn't heard, I love the Pentax 67II. The shot above was taken on expired TMAX 100 (mid 90's) just after severe bush-fires had come through, leaving everything charred and black. The depth of the 105 f/2.4 is just so fun to capture with too. I like to take off the top prism and let people look into the prism - with people being so used to digital screens it is always a sight that is met with sighs and excited use of 'it's 3D!'. Even people who aren't interested in technical things are amazed.
Recent posts here discuss the hand prints, the longevity of digital prints, and the Nikon D800 'scan' method. In the war of digital vs hand prints I'm afraid to say I'm going to side with digital at this point, for this particular print. Above is a photo of the massive digital print (nearly 1200x800mm) compared to the biggest hand print (darkroom) that I could make. The amount of sharpness form the Nikon D800 + 45mm TS macro + ANR glass + iPad 'scan' is just incredible. It blitzes the hand print. While my brother James Bennett, Aaron Bellette (a good friend who lectures full time in photography while currently working on his photography doctorate) and I made the digital prints, we also printed a Frontier scan of a different photo. Awful. Fuji Frontier scans cannot be printed large if this test was indicative. Inspecting it at 100% in Photoshop reveals it was a technically decent scan, but perhaps it was scanned with a 2500 rather than 3000. I'm hoping that it wasn't made by the Frontier 3000, and that if it was it would have been much better! For me at the moment, for large prints I would only trust the Noritsu or D800.
Here are a few postcards from the upcoming Breath Exhibition at the Joanne Felk Gallery at Avondale. The Breath Exhibition is what pushed me to get a better scan for the big print of the ocean-scape that I'll be hanging there (image shown on the postcard furtherest on the left). My brother James is also showing at the Breath Exhibition, his shot was also on 6x7 film, of the old Fijian man you can see in the image above. It's an honor to have my work selected alongside the pedigree of the artists involved. I'm looking forward to seeing the fine art exhibition in the flesh that is 'Breath'.
After doing a stills shoot of The Promise choir, we walked through a freshly painted room that was all hard surfaces with no soft furnishings. The choir liked the way the room sounded so they started singing. I wasn't prepared to shoot video but switched on the video mode and caught the end of the impromptu performance. I loved the way it sounded. But I loved most their reaction to the sound. I just wish I had a better mic with me to use! The Promise Choir is made up of College students and is very much worth seeing if they tour in your area.
I didn't expect this weird setup to be so amazing. The D800 film scanner! I mounted a 45mm tilt shift macro on the D800 and shot the film in between ANR (anti newton ring) glass to hold the 6x7 negative flat. Illumination came from an iPad. Tripod was a BH-55 from RRS. It's important to have the iPad a little distance away from the negative, otherwise you'll get the RGB pattern of the screen coming through. I focused on the grain in 'live view' to make sure that the image was in perfect focus. I have really brought the contrast out a long way because the D800 has such a lot of file data to push around. I've posted this image here before, but what you see here is a better scan for a gallery print being made this afternoon. FULL SIZE IMAGE HERE Please note that the negative had a weird dark bit at the top and unusual heavy vignetting, this is as it appeared with the V700. There is just a lot more resolution. It's interesting to see that there is still detail beyond what the D800 captured on a 6x7 negative at 100% in photoshop. Perhaps next time I'll try a 3x panorama stitch from the one frame. Here is what the same shot looked like from the V700 (less contrast obviously, but that has to do with different processing): 100% of the D800 film scanner image (on retina screens, 1600px wide):