Melancholy by Dusk.. ( Shot on film )




Sacha Greenwood
Melancholy by Dusk.. ( Shot on film )
Photographed on 35 mm fuji C200 Film. Not the best of films and quite cheap by film standards. This particular film needs perfect light conditions in order to give you a decent image and it tends to lean more towards greens and blues ( cold ). However ive found that if you shoot in low light and then later pull out shadows/highlights its tends to give you a little more drama and grain.
This photograph is developed and scanned by Prabhu who has the highest quality scanner around. I mention scanner quality because i only learnt after a few rolls that a scan can make an image or break an image, A bad scan will give hazy unsharp images( even if you've shot them with the best of lenses and they were in perfect focus ) and do all sorts of stuff to the colours/shadows/highlights. To a newbie who doesn't know this , this could be very discouraging and dejecting when you look at your images when they arrive, will also leave you wondering what the hell happened and even question your abilities/film/lenses/camera he heh heh. ( Speaking from experience ) . So if getting into this, do keep in mind a good scanner in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing is a must .
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Thu Oct 14, 2021 5:22 pm

Sacha, I love the subtle tonal ranges and the film grains giving the image a very painterly look. Scanned using Coolscan 8000ed? Have you tried using Nikon ES-2 digitizing set? I use to scan using my Coolscan IV ED (4000 dpi scanner). You may try ES-2, this may work out cheaper if you want to continue the film/slide journey further. Nice to experience the 'film/slide' feel again..

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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:11 am

Love the subtle character of the grains n light here, Sacha.
I don't have much experience to comment on film related work but I have noticed that such 'a bit less sharp' character of film / scanned images makes them look more real than very sharp digital images .. may be this is my personal opinion.
Keep coming n help enrich us with your film work n vision too.

Nevil Zaveri

Commentby Sacha Greenwood on Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:01 am

Hi Ganesh, has been scanned on a nikon scanner. Other people use the Epson V 700 or V850 if not mistaken. As for using es 2, had considered it but I don't have a dslr which will do justice to it and further more, the photoshop work involved after that will leave me quite frustrated as I don't know how to use that software. I was planning on waiting a while and getting a scanner, as I'd like to get into scanography as well ha ha. I am in the mean time on my way to learning the development technique of black and white so I can do that process aat home as well.
Hi Nevil, sharpness relates to 3 things, quality of film, lens and finally scanner, so so in this case, it's a low budget film so Sharp won't be sharp, however if you notice the black and white medium format picture of the flower I posted recently you will see the sharpness, and that's because of the high quality film used, the lens on that system is outstanding as well and the scan but mostly due to the film quality.

Commentby Prashanth Sampagar on Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:39 am

Very nice mood conveyed in this image, Sacha. And thanks for the information on the technical side as well.
I'm not sure about the title though, it has happy notes according to me.


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Commentby Sacha Greenwood on Sat Oct 23, 2021 10:12 am

Thank you Prashanth. The title is synonymous with the gradual loss of light :)