Results of my first B&W film

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Results of my first B&W film

Having bought myself a Canon AE-1 earlier in the year I have now (finally) got through the first B&W film and received the processed film today…

The package I went for was to process the film and scan the negatives to high quality TIFF files so I could edit them as required…

Ended up doing a little editing to tweak them up a bit but was mostly limited to a bit of cropping and tweaking exposure. For the most part they were pretty good exposure and composition wise so was happy that I had got a handle on the technical aspects of taking pictures with film…

Here is a 50/50 of the editing I did on one picture… TIFF’s were imported into Lightroom and used controls in the Basic tab to enhance the exposure.

Results of my first B&W film

While I realise I do shoot manually in digital I do have auto focus and decent metering functionality plus the ability to review shots as I take them in case I have exposed the shot incorrectly… I found taking pictures with the AE-1 quite challenging at first but I am happy with the results…

Results of my first B&W film

Results of my first B&W film

Results of my first B&W film

Results of my first B&W film

Results of my first B&W film

Results of my first B&W film

Results of my first B&W film

Results of my first B&W film

One of the images had an artefact on it that was initially a bit of a concern… wasn’t sure if it was from the scanning process or a problem with the camera… as you can see in the image below there is an obvious light line going from top to bottom on the image…
Results of my first B&W film

On looking at the negatives it would seem that it was the last shot on the reel and there was a pronounced crease in the negative that would have caused this when scanned… guess that means I need to either void the last shot of each film to be sure I don’t lose a potentially useful exposure…

Results of my first B&W film

Happy with the results and really did enjoy using the camera… next will be the film in the Nikon I borrowed from my Dad but I am going away in July so will get another film for the AE-1 and take it with me 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Results of my first B&W film

  1. Crazylegs

    Yeah not easy is it if you have never shot film before..
    The money I have spent on processing over the years runs into the thousands .
    It’s all to easy with a DSLR as instant review and results, you learn your exposure parameters on film then take that over to digital for instant goodness without a lot of Photoshop
    Great pics though mate, always enjoy coming here and seeing what you been up too

    Kevin

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