Got the negatives back from Praus Productions - they even put the negatives in slide carriers. Everything looks pretty good, but upon scanning I noticed that several of the 35mm negatives have scratches. Not slight ones, but quite pronounced ones. Maybe I shouldn't have asked for them in slide holders. You can see them on the top part of the scan.
Since I'm between darkrooms (don't know that I'll build another, more on that later) I've been sending my film out for processing. I had been sending it to "the darkroom", however some quality issues had me search for another lab. Even correspondence with them couldn't delay my decision. I had spots on negatives - quite a few, some of them too large to repair in post. After telling them about it, they said I could send the negatives back for cleaning. The put a card in the package "inspected by ..." with someone's initials. Besides initial the card, I'm not sure what they bring to the table. My search turned up a small, albeit expensive lab in Chicago - "printlab" - I'm looking forward to working with them, and will post the results and my opinion here.
Update Jan 15, 2018:
Update - Printlab in Chicago done a fine job, and I used them 3 times. On the last batch I sent they messed up one of the rolls. Luckily it was a less important roll. If it had been the roll for a baby announcement, it would have been a true tragedy. They were super apologetic, and gave me 5 free rolls of development for free. So I thought I would try another lab - Praus Productions I'll let you know how they do, they also do traditional prints, so I'm looking forward to that as well.
Just acquired the new studio. Close to Delaware & 10th in Indianapolis. Not only a plethora of great lighting equipment, plenty of other cameras to play with including a choice of large format. A special thanks to our new landlord, John Siskin!
It's time... I've been waffling about starting to shoot black and white portraits, and pet/animal portraits for some time. I've decided now is the time. For now, I've just filled in with some older portraits I took off the cuff, but expect to see many more very soon. Everything will still be in black and white.
I've started developing the film from Emmy's shoot (again!) and it's nice to have a small break between the shoot and developing and scanning. Gives some suprises and something to look forward to. I'm really enjoying working on her images, she's a natural beauty with some serious skill!
New section where I post the digital amalgamations that I've been working on. Frankensteins if you like. Turns out that masking is much easier and fun in photoshop than it is in the darkroom. But you don't get to waste as much paper or time in photoshop...
I've started mucking about with converting color digital images into grayscale black and white images. So far, I'm not a fan. Seems you do 10x more work for an image that doesn't quite rival a black and white scan. Could be me, since I've seen some very impressive black and white images that were captured digitally. Please check out the "grayscale" and "Nettie" sections and let me know what you think.
Started scanning some film that has been neglected for nearly a year. Although the reviews of the plustek 8100 I bought from B&H weren't that impressive, I've had some great experiences with it. I'll be adding to this new gallery for the next week or so. Kiann's pensive look is intoxicating. I hope you enjoy.
Been going through old saved images on external drives and finding some images that were scanned before. Some were scanned on my beloved coolscan 8000 - which I miss dearly. There are some very pleasant suprises here, I hope you enjoy them.
We're in the process of selling our house and moving into the country. So far it's worked out that we've emptied our house, disassembled the darkroom, and discarded or donated all but a 10x15 storage unit. It's odd living in a nearly empty house and having showings and such, but hopefully we'll not have to do this for long. Because I've been EXTRA bored, I got a 35mm scanner and will be posting digital diversions. It's been enjoyable, and the work in a digital workflow is not as bad as I thought it would be. You'll have to let me know what you think.