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Outdoors in dull weather

Postby Julio1fer » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:12 pm

After Alex question, please post examples of outdoor pictures taken in dull weather that you find bright or dramatic or somehow interesting.

Night pictures especially look much better in rainy weather because of water reflections but I do not have any handy right now. In dull weather I like to go with the mood.

A few to get the thread started.

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Re: Outdoors in dull weather

Postby alexvaras » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:40 am

Thank you for the thread Julio, I think I should start testing some 400 ASA films, any recommendations from you side?
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Re: Outdoors in dull weather

Postby GrahamS » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:27 am

This was a very dull and stormy day. Nikon F, 50mm f2 Nikkor-H, Tri-X rated at 1600 ASA in Acufine.
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This was a typical misty day in Cape Town. Nikon F, 50mm f2 Nikkor-H, Y2 filter, Agfa Gavert motion picture stock rated at 80 ASA.
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Re: Outdoors in dull weather

Postby PFMcFarland » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:22 pm

It helps to have a higher contrast film, too. Here are three examples from a cloudy day, with different subjects. Lighting can be called flat, but if you start with a subject that has contrast, and your film has good tones, things should look pretty good.

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Looking Back by P F McFarland, on Flickr


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Carbide Plant 7 by P F McFarland, on Flickr


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Lowing About by P F McFarland, on Flickr

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ps: Forgot to mention these were on Ilford Delta 100 in a Nikon S2 rangefinder.
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Re: Outdoors in dull weather

Postby Julio1fer » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:00 am

Julio, I think I should start testing some 400 ASA films, any recommendations from you side?


Alex, I have used HP5+, TMax 400 (TMY) and Tri-X with good results. I guess Delta 400 would be also in that league. In C-41 color my favorite was Fuji 400 consumer film but I do not know if they make it anymore.

Ilford also has XP2 which is a C-41 B&W film ; if you can get C-41 development, XP2 would probably be the most flexible option because that film has incredible latitude and good contrast: being C-41 it is also easier to scan because most scanner corrections and dust elimination tricks are tuned for C-41 films.

As PF said above it helps if you can control contrast with your development.

ISO 400 would be an excellent choice with your Superb or other MF cameras where grain is not so important as in 35mm. I often use ISO 100 (FP4+) in dull weather anyway.

If you can try night pictures with dull weather, you'll be surprised!
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Re: Outdoors in dull weather

Postby alexvaras » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:28 pm

Thank you for the advices everyone.
I will try one of each those films in cloudy weather and see how it goes, after that stick to one :)
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Re: Outdoors in dull weather

Postby Julio1fer » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:11 pm

It is the combination of film and processing, not only film type. All these films are very good and can give excellent results.

Trying different films is fun, let alone different developers. Over time I have changed approach, now I concentrate on one film and one process for a given ISO and never shoot less than five or 10 rolls before changing.
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Re: Outdoors in dull weather

Postby GrahamS » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:55 am

Consistency is everything!
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Re: Outdoors in dull weather

Postby alexvaras » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:28 pm

Thank you guys, I got it, choose one and stick to it :)
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