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Yearning to go back to film

By marcsneddon
Just messing around with some equipment and thought this would look good as a black and white shot.

Taken on my P30 Pro mobile (I don't have a DSLR body now and money is tight).

I really like black and white-i has a dark room in the 90's and loved processing film and paper.

Any critique welcome!

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9 Jun 2019 10:28AM
Added a tighter crop, phones take good photos these days, you say money is tight and donít have a DSLR, I use a very old Lumix G1 body a Micro 4/3 camera with old lens just like yours using an adaptor. The cost can be very cheap if you already have some lenses and even though itís not taking you back to Dark Room processing it can open up a lot of fun experimenting.

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9 Jun 2019 10:32AM
Thanks Paul. I tried the tighter crop bit didn't look right to me but now I see your modification or actually works really well!
banehawi Plus
15 2.0k 4006 Canada
9 Jun 2019 3:24PM
You can still play with the image digitally too, - did a little lens cleaning in a mod.
9 Jun 2019 3:53PM
Hi thanks for the mod. What did you use to clean up the image?
9 Jun 2019 9:44PM
pablophotographer 7 1.2k 348
9 Jun 2019 10:30PM
Film photography feels proper. I suggest you to go back to it since you know how to develop films yourself.

P30 has one of the most advanced camera(s) in the market now. It can serve as your digital photographic tool.

I suspect you shot this from close distance. The Nikon engraving is sharp whereas the curvature of the wide lens made the serial number blurred. Is my suspicion right?

I like you turned this to mono. The top right corner of the frame displays a different dark surface. I would crop this further from top and left so that the lens and the adaptor are on the diagonal of the new smaller frame. That would move the Nikon lens from the dead centre posit to give it a feeling of rolling.

paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2019 4:42PM
Oh, the memories. I had one of these and the 75mm version on two enlargers in my home darkroom. Now all gone. A superb pair of lenses. I would have given it a bit of a clean.

I fear there is no way would consider film again. too old for a start, but never was it so easy to produce high quality saleable images with absolute minimal effort. Virtually everything digital can do is easier than film without the smell, mess, and labour intensity.

My sales have gone up, so that says something.

dudler Plus
15 861 1488 England
10 Jun 2019 7:53PM
Marc, should you wish to, you could enter this in the competition I'm running in association with my article on mobile photography... See THIS. Just add the tag 'Mobile Monday', and it's in.

Incidentally, you may well know more than I do about hte technology, and any comments you have to add to the article would be very welcome!

Equally, if you have the camera to go behind the lens (I think Paul's wrong - this isn't an EL-Nikkor, but an E-series camera lens, designed to be slightly easier on the pocket than the main series of Nikkors) you can still get film, and get it processed if you don't have your own darkroom - see ]HERE.

As to the picture, it really deminstrates what you cna do with a good mobile: and anyone who has taken closeups of camera equipment will be familiar with the way that fluff accumulates, and only shows when you take the picture! (Fortnately, it doens't impair the kit operationally...)

I like the way that Paul and Willie have made the lens bigger in the frame, and maybe a bit more offset from the centre. Impact matters!
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2019 4:24PM
I hold my hands up, John. I am wrong. I made an assumption based on the 'E' and not ever being a Nikon camera user, got the wrong end of the stick. Still trying hard to be perfect, but may not live long enough!


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