Get Thee to a Shrubbery, and Sit Down


Today Melinda and I have taken our collaboration back at Point No Point, which is a bit east of Jordan River. My photo is the one above, Melinda’s below and her co-post is here.

While walking the forest trails we never did meet a Knight of Ni. I think they would have been happy with all the shrubberies in this area so I would not be surprised to hear of a sighting sometime.

I was not aware of Melinda taking a photo, or at least I don’t recall noticing. But we must have stood in almost exactly the same spot to do so. Mine is shot on film and I don’t edit the scans nearly as much as I do digital images; I try to find desired details during the scanning process. Perhaps more could have come out of the shadows and a crop would not hurt, but I like the contrast (so to speak) between our two shots.

This must be a very nice spot to sit at sunset unseen by any boaters below. Though if you get too comfortable and a bit drowsy, as is likely, you could easily be startled by a Ni! exclaimed behind you, and the slithering hiss of chain mail.


Bench Silhouette



For other posts in this collaboration click on this link.

My photo – Olympus mju II (aka Stylus Epic) 35/2.8 lens,  Ilford XP2 (expired ca 2004).

Melinda’s photo – Nikon D7000, 28/1.8 lens







2 thoughts on “Get Thee to a Shrubbery, and Sit Down

  1. I think the bench qualifies as a chair so you did manage to fulfill that obligation. I like both shots. They each represent your individual shooting styles.
    We have been scanning some negatives from the early 1900’s on an Epson flatbed at 1200 dpi. I’m amazed at the detail that we have achieved with this process. I’m wondering if you feel the same with your scans, too.

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    • Hi Ken – there were not a lot of chairs just out and about for Melinda’s amusement, but at this place there were lots of benches, all of them bright red.

      I have the same experience with scanning that you describe – I use an Epson V700 which is capable of up to an 8×10 negative scan, and something like 12000 dpi. I usually scan 35mm film at 2400 or 3200 dpi and am amazed at the detail. I don’t think there is a lot of detail difference between those two resolutions as mostly what is adding noise to the detail is the film grain at that point. With medium format film that amount of information is just that much more. As I get better at scanning I am finding I can get most of what I want done when setting up the scan and don’t need to do much post-processing. Recently I have stopped scanning to tiff format because I don’t need the extra latitude for editing and it makes awfully big files. So now I usually save in jpg format. Some of the modern films have really fine grain, and I really don’t see much difference in detail when I zoom in to 100% on the film to what I see on my full frame DSLR. And then there are the colours of some of the films which are just to die for. I have a roll of slide film that I have just scanned and the colours of terrific, as is the very fine grain.


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