• Tours with Spaces Available

          • Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Tour and Workshop 2020
            Japan Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Tour & Workshops 2020
          • Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2020
            The Complete Namibia Photography Tour & Workshop 2020
          • Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure
            Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure 2020
          • Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Tour & Workshop 2021
            Japan Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Tour & Workshop 2021
          • Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2021
            The Complete Namibia Photography Tour & Workshop 2021
          • Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure 2021
            Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure 2021
          • The Scowl
            Namibia
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          • Pensive Power
            The Wildlife of Japan
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          • Landscape of Japan Cover Image
            Landscapes of Japan
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          • Iceland
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          • Monumental Icebergs
            Antarctica (inc. South Georgia, Falklands & Patagonia)
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            Morocco
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          • City
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        • Video Portfolios

          • "The Nature of Japan" Exhibition Video
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          • Polar Pioneer in Paradise
            Antarctica & South Georgia 2012
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          • Canon HQ Exhibition Video Screenshot
            Canon HQ Exhibition and Showroom Video
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          • Meguro River Sakura
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          • Morocco 4K Slideshow
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          • Himba Goat Herding
            Namibia 4K Slideshow
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          • The Annular Eclipse
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  • Reflecting on 2019 and Looking Forward to 2020 (Podcast 691)

    Members DownloadReflecting on 2019 and Looking Forward to 2020As I sit in my studio on New Year's Eve, 2019, writing the post for the last Podcast of the year, I'm feeling somewhat overwhelmed as I reflect on the year,...

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    • Happy New Year Martin. No need to explain or defend your relationship with your wife. Anyone else (I guess that might include me since I’m offering mine) who has an opinion about you and your wife has not expended much intellectual energy thinking about it. That’s about as gentle as I can put it.

      Keep it up. You give us a lot.

      Mike

  • Scanning 120 Film with the CanoScan 9000F MarkII (Podcast 690)

    Members DownloadScanning 120 Film with the CanoScan 9000F MarkIIFour years ago I walked you through scanning 120 format film on my Epson Scanner, which was around six years or so old at the time, making ten now. When I...

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    • Hi Murray,

      It’s great to hear from you. I hope all is well.

      I’m not buying many of the statistics that I see on that page. Firstly, the scans for a 6 x 7 cm negative at 4800 dpi shouldn’t be taking 45 minutes with the ScanGear software. A 6 x 6 cm negative is only taking 2 to 3 minutes for me. Although this might be longer for 48bit color, I can’t imagine it taking 45 minutes.

      Also, regarding resolution, they are getting their 1700 dpi from the resolution of a shot of a test chart, but I cannot find a mention anywhere of what camera/lens or film, developers they have used. As I mentioned in this post, the Yashica-D shot much lower “resolution” images than the Rolleiflex does. I have also noticed that ILFORD XP5 film is lower resolution than their DELTA film. I might be missing this information on their page, but stating the resolution of the scanner without taking this into consideration is a bit of a slippery slope.

      The resulting images that I’m seeing at 4800 dpi scans are sharper than at 4200 dpi and 3800 in similar steps, which is why I’ve settled on 4800 dpi for scanning images on good quality film from a good quality vintage camera. It’s slightly overkill, as I mentioned, but not much. Note though that everything I’m talking about is related to scanning 6 x 6 medium format images, and the post you linked to focusses more (though not entirely) on the results of 35mm film scans, where their findings are more relevant.

      The ScanGear software that comes with the printer does a fine job, and you can set how much cropping you want it to do. I’ve found that the standard cropping works perfectly, and in fact, occasionally leaves a bit of the actual frame showing. If I increase this to less cropping, all four edges of the negatives are visible, unnecessarily leaving more work to do later. Maybe the software has improved since you used it, but I am very happy with the software I’m currently using, which is why I mentioned that I’m not really looking at other options at the moment. I’d be happy to evaluate software if someone provides me with it, but there is no incentive for me to buy anything because I have no problems to fix.

      Regards,
      Martin.

    • Thanks for the information William. I have been spending quite a lot of time removing dust from some nagatives, so if that works well, it might be a reason to give SilverFast a try. I’ll check it out.

      I’m curious as to what you considered better than the CanoScan 9000F MkII. Even $2,000+ film scanners are only scanning up to 3200 DPI.

      Regards,
      Martin.

    • Hi Rich,

      Thanks for the comments, and for the kind words about the work. I do intend to include some of this work in my portfolio as time allows.

      Regarding your comment about the sensor being in the lid, this is incorrect. The lid contains an LED light unit that moves over the film during the scan. The images come out back to front when you accidentally load the film shiny side up, so I’m pretty sure my comment here is correct.

      Also, while I agree that resolution required for scanning documents or “printed” photographs is typically 300 to 600 dpi, the comment is irrelevant in the context of scanning negatives or positive film. As you’ve included this in your list of three reasons for believing the scan unit is in the lid, I guess you are hinting on it being a different unit because the resolution is different, but that’s not necessary. One sensor can be used for all resolutions. Finally, on this, the plastic over the light slit in the lid is not clear, it contains a diffuser. You could not perform an optical scan through it.

      I have considered drum scanning, but I am not going that route for two main reasons. 1) I prefer to scan myself, rather than send images out for scanning, and 2) I’m getting incredibly good quality scans this way. It doesn’t seem necessary.

      I may have checked out Nick Carvers videos, but don’t remember the names of the people I watched. I’ll check him out at some point, but right now, I’m happy with the results I’m getting,

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Loading 120 Film into the Rolleiflex 3.5F Camera (podcast 689)

    This is just a short video to show you the process of loading a roll of 120 medium format film into the Rolleiflex 3.5F TLR camera. Moving forward I will be releasing short videos like this as individual episodes...

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