single frame: Single tree flower


Single tree flower
Nikon Nikomat FTn, 50mm f/2 Nikkor H-C
Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

I had high hopes when I shot my Nikon Nikomat FTn again. I’ve learned so much about photography and using vintage gear in the last few years, and I expected all of that knowledge would come to bear in the images. Yet I felt disappointment as I looked at the scans. I didn’t like the colors the Nikkor H-C lens rendered on Fujicolor 200.

Maybe it wasn’t the lens, but the processing. Or maybe the film was funky. I don’t know. But I had to do a lot of work in Photoshop to remove a brown caste from nearly every image. I’ve seen green and blue castes before, but never brown. It was weird.

Because of a scanner snafu some of the images weren’t usable at all. The lab agreed to rescan the negatives for me, and I’ve sent them back, but not before I scanned them myself. This is one of my scans. It isn’t bad but it’s mighty noisy. It’s not a bad look but it wasn’t the smooth, crisp look I was going for.

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9 responses to “single frame: Single tree flower”

  1. Lone Primate Avatar

    Oh, I love the grain of it. It’s so visceral. I’m sorry to read you were unsatisfied with most of the scans, but personally, I prize this one. It’s the kind of thing that would have made it into Time-Life photography books in the 70s for the purpose of illustrating some particular aspect or technique.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh gosh, thank you! I’m happy to know it resonates with you.

  2. jon campo Avatar
    jon campo

    Jim, sorry about the disappointing results. For all that I like that picture a lot. That is one of my favorite lenses but I’m not sure I’ve ever used it for color film.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’d always used it on b/w film too so this time I deliberately chose color. I’m happy you like the photo! It’s growing on me.

  3. M.B. Henry Avatar

    Sorry you weren’t a hundred percent happy, but I actually really like this picture! :) Love the darkness around the bloom – there’s a metaphor in there somewhere. :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      If everybody else is going to like this photo then I guess I had better too!

      1. M.B. Henry Avatar

        Darn right! Hahaha :)

  4. analogphotobug Avatar

    The Photo is FAB! Grain is not always a bad thing………and it does have that old fashioned look…..

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m so happy you like it! I think my gripe with it, now that enough people have complimented it, is that it doesn’t look like what I expect from Fuji 200.

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