Half-Frame Canoeist


More from my recent excursion to Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I previously posted a picture of a canoe passing under my feet on a bridge. This is the same bridge, and same canoe too, but shot with the Olympus Pen on film rather than through the DSLR. I shot it as a triptych, but I really think that the diptych works better – it invokes imagination and anticipation better than having all three shots together.

On the other hand, the choice between colour and monochrome is a toss-up for me. I lean towards the monochrome for the diptych as it keeps the picture simple and focused on the emerging canoe since I find those luscious greens a bit of a distraction, but it sure is hard to lose them from the shot.

It would be good to hear your opinions on this image – the cropping, and the monochrome conversion. It may take me a while to get back to you as I am off on a research job with intermittent internet connections.









This is a continuation of my half-frame film series, and another of the multitychs which are two or more photographs shot on adjacent half-frames with the intent to scan them as a single image.

Olympus Pen, Half Frame, 28mm lens, Fujicolor Superia 200, ISO200, 1/100th, f16, NDX4 filter



8 thoughts on “Half-Frame Canoeist

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    • HI Val. I kind of find that the colour of the bridge has my eye wandering around a bit too much. But I do like the colour versions nearly as much as the black and white.


  3. I prefer the black and white diptych, too. Although the color seems natural, the image works better for me as a monotone. Just a thought on color, the camera, film, processing and scanning are producing very realistic tones. Nice work!


    • Thanks Ken, the camera does perform very well, and scanning is something I am coming to grips with slowly (I had no idea how complex a learning curve there was for that part).

      The only issue I had with this roll of film is that some of the shots have what looks like lens flare coming from the bottom of the negative in a curving blotch. On most shots it looks like lens flare being confined within the frame of the shot, but on a few it crosses the bar between shots, so it must be some kind of light leak. Since I replaced the light seals in the camera a few rolls back it seems unlikely to be the camera, I guess it could be in the roll itself. I did drop the exposed roll of film and perhaps that allowed light to flash in during a momentary distortion of the canister joints. Or perhaps it is something to do with being about 5 years past expiry.

      On this bridge sequence it barely shows (thankfully) – you can see in the middle frame that the nearest bridge piling and its reflection are quite orange and that it loops over into the left hand frame. I worked on reducing it a bit, but in other shots it is quite dramatic and not something I can deal with. Not even with a black and white conversion!


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