Film images from the Seabird Coast

Today I’ve been processing some of the negatives from my latest roll of 35mm films. Developed and scanned for me by Imageland in Frankton, Hamilton NZ.  I usually get their standard scans as they are always good. They do offer other services but I usually opt just for develop & scan with the scans uploaded for me to access from my desktop and pickup of the negatives later as I’m in the area. All very convenient

There was a few images from a trip to Mount Maunganui some months back. At that time I had the standard Pentax 28-90 kit lens on the camera for that trip and the difference between the new Tamron and the older kit lens was evident, with images generally being a little sharper  from the Tamron lens. The first two images are taken with the Pentax lens. Both images were processed using Photoscape and have had a film sim filter applied, with a gentle sharpen and noise reduction.

The following image was taken on a rather poor day weather wise with the light not being particularly good under the trees and as a result poor colour is seen in the image where in reality the colour of the fallen leaves and those on the branches were in fact a great deal brighter. 000024_filtered

I was using Kodak Ultramax 400, a medium speed film for these images and I have to say I’m not overly happy with the colour of this particular roll of film. I think I will have to try Kodak Colour Plus 200 which seems to have better colour reproduction. Fortunately with the ability to apply Colour Filters that simulate the look of well know film stock I have been able to gain back some of the colour in the images.

In the above images two have been colour corrected, the other two ( The wading bird & my wife taking a photo ) have been left as shot although some other post processing has been done, mainly a light sharpen and noise reduction, which is usually necessary when working with scanned images. Noise reduction done carefully should leave a small amount of  film grain visible. This grain is even less evident when the images are printed. The final image is from one of the corrected images above printed onto A4 High Gloss Canon Photo Print paper. The image below was taken with my Samsung J3pro, which is good enough to show that the final print is more than adequate for printing at A4 at 300 dpi. Printing larger would also be fine at A3 at 240 dpi. Colour correction in the image was more in line with what I was seeing from both the Note 9 and the HS20.


Having seen the resulting output from my printer I’m more than happy with what my film camera is producing and it now remains to be seen what the rest of the photos look like. Theres approx 16 images on a second roll of film from our day out around the Hauraki Gulf. These images are sitting on a roll of Fuji Superior Xtra 400/24.  Most of those mages are from the Burke Street Wharf area in Thames and it will be interesting to compare the two film stocks against the Fuji files from my HS20 which was set to Astia as the film simulation. Stay tuned more to come.

Happy Snappin’





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