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Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-10-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 5,354
Posted By Ken_Watson
Thanks guys - food for thought.

Thanks guys - food for thought.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-09-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 5,354
Posted By Ken_Watson
Home 'consumer' scanner image quality v print shop scanner image quality

I've recently bought a Plustek 8200 AI scanner for scanning colour and B/W negs. Even allowing for the fact that my local photo processing shop sharpens their scans to death, I'm finding that their...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-29-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1,215
Posted By Ken_Watson
I've just bought the Plustek 8200i bundled with...

I've just bought the Plustek 8200i bundled with Silverfast 8.
Without spending much time looking at the manual I've had a play around with it today.

The first scan I did was using the automatic...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-19-2012
Replies: 193
Views: 15,765
Posted By Ken_Watson
The overuse of the phrase "decisive...

The overuse of the phrase "decisive moment".
Forum: RFF Polls 06-07-2012
Replies: 510
Views: 70,478
Posted By Ken_Watson
Me too. The first camera I bought was a second...

Me too. The first camera I bought was a second hand Pentax ME Super with a 50mm lens attached 25 to 30 years ago.
Back then I didn't now about zoom lenses and different focal lengths etc. and if I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-26-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,177
Posted By Ken_Watson
I love all the shots. My fave is the BW one even...

I love all the shots. My fave is the BW one even though the highlights are slightly clipped in the strong sidelight? I love the contrast, the graphical effect of the union jack and the flow and...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-17-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,151
Posted By Ken_Watson
John, The input and control aspect of what you...

John,
The input and control aspect of what you choose to do with the light rather than accepting the camera's interpretation was what drew me to experimenting with the light meter also. I was...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-17-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,151
Posted By Ken_Watson
Keith, I get you completely. That is how I...

Keith, I get you completely. That is how I normally work too (compensating for blacks and whites when using the camera's meter).

One small advantage I've noticed when shooting on the street is that,...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-17-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,151
Posted By Ken_Watson
I was referring to missing the opportunity...

I was referring to missing the opportunity completely. But I totally agree with your comment. Likewise I've seen some nice effects when the shutter speed has not been 100% optimum for what was...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-17-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,151
Posted By Ken_Watson
Thanks guys for your time and some great info. I...

Thanks guys for your time and some great info. I think your posts confirm that my Sekonic will be a useful addition to my camera bag.
I particularly like Mathomas' advice regarding the two meter...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-16-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,151
Posted By Ken_Watson
The art of the handheld light meter...

Do you use a handheld light meter for outside / general photography even if you have a built in light meter in your camera?

I'm talking outside photography here. The advantages of using such a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-27-2012
Replies: 169
Views: 11,728
Posted By Ken_Watson
I was looking at some old photographs last year...

I was looking at some old photographs last year that my parents took when I was a child.
They looked great for all their flaws. It's like they'd aged like a quality piece of furniture or a good wine....
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-21-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 2,456
Posted By Ken_Watson
Daniel, My M6 had the same misalignment issue you...

Daniel,
My M6 had the same misalignment issue you described. I would hang on to your M6 TTL. Although you do need Leica tools the vertical alignment adjustment is a quick and straight forward one....
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-18-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 962
Posted By Ken_Watson
NeeZee, thanks or the input. I am by no means...

NeeZee, thanks or the input.

I am by no means trying to eliminate the grain. The grain texture and beauty is one of the reasons I have returned to film photography. What I am wishing to optimise is...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-18-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 962
Posted By Ken_Watson
Godfrey, that's priceless information thanks. The...

Godfrey, that's priceless information thanks. The comments that you have made directly address many of the questions I have on the subject. I have a roll of XP2 in the bag so I will try it out.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-18-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 962
Posted By Ken_Watson
Best ILFORD 35mm for scanning

This is a post about film although maybe I should have posted this in the scanner section. Nevertheless...

I've just got back into using film after a 25 year gap. I never previously did my own...
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