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Miniature Waterfall

Miniature Waterfall. (Ilford FP4 Plus. Nikon F100. Epson V500.)

Miniature Waterfall. (Ilford FP4 Plus. Nikon F100. Epson V500.)

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10 responses

  1. I notice that you use a V500 to scan your negs. I was wondering if you’d share your thoughts and opinions about the scanner. I’ve been considering getting a V300 to scan my stuff for the web.

    March 16, 2009 at 2:35 AM

  2. I like this. I am a sucker for waterfalls – miniature or full size. Do you use any filters (I’m thinking ND) to slow the water? Just curious.

    March 16, 2009 at 10:24 AM

  3. betsy

    This is gorgeous, it truly is. The movement, the shine of the water on the rocks, so well composed. This is the kind of photography that inspires me to learn more about photography.
    Your entire photoblog is lovely, I’m so glad you linked me here.

    March 16, 2009 at 1:31 PM

  4. iheartfilm

    Nick – For only about $100, the V300 is actually pretty decent. The V500 costs twice as much and it’s not overwhelmingly better. In fact, I’m not all that happy with the V500. I’ve scanned about a thousand slides/negatives and I can honestly say that it works as intended only about a third of the time. Oh well. What can you do – it’s a flatbed. Only a dedicated film scanner can consistently give me the results I’m looking for, and I just don’t have the money . . .

    Anyway, the V500 is decent when scanning negatives (it’s sometimes quite good with black and white), but it’s mostly bad with slides. Even when you have a perfect slide that scans well, it will almost always come out too dark. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to scrap a file because of this.

    My advice? If you want more control and a faster machine, get the V500. It has a pretty decent professional mode that lets you scan at some pretty high resolutions. Not sure you’ll want that, though, if you’re just going to post on the Web. I’ve never used the V300, so I can only go by what others have said. Of course, the V500 does have digital ICE, a decent program that fixes scratches and the like.

    Ed – I have an ND filter (ND8), but I rarely use it. I just took this wide open at, I think, 1/60.

    Betsy – Thanks. I’m glad you stopped by. 🙂

    March 16, 2009 at 4:04 PM

  5. dragonmage06

    I love your black and white photos. This one is amazing because is has a sense of brightness that would probably be diminished in the color version. Very pretty.

    March 16, 2009 at 6:58 PM

  6. iheartfilm

    Dragon – You’re right. That’s one of the reasons I prefer to shoot black and white – latitude. In most cases with color film, especially slides, I have to avoid bright conditions. With black and white, within reason, I can shoot whenever I want.

    Chris

    March 16, 2009 at 9:43 PM

  7. Hey Chris,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the nature pictures.

    March 16, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    • iheartfilm

      No problem. Glad you could stop by.

      Chris

      March 17, 2009 at 12:07 AM

  8. this is just a great image capture — it reminds me of something else…..thanks

    March 17, 2009 at 6:26 PM

  9. Tony – Thanks. I think it turned out all right.

    Chris

    March 18, 2009 at 11:28 PM

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