The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

So as mentioned in my last article, I purchased some film emulation software.  Specifically DxO Filmpack 4.  I’d been looking for some emulation software for a while but it really is a thing where you need to see it in action before plunking down your money.  This software has some of my favorite film looks from Agfa, Fuji Ilford, Kodak, Polaroid and even Rollei.

Now while I don’t really miss film as part of my shooting workload, I do miss some of the grain and texture, celluloid imparts to an image.  Plus I’d just scanned a bunch of old family photos into the computer and I was pretty amazed at how shitty some of those prints really were for image quality.  Partly because of the poor optics of most Instamatic cameras, not to mention some of the crazy film configurations that went into those cameras.  As cumbersome as 35mm was, it was still pretty simple to load and shoot with.

But the DxO software allows me to play with the output image and build in texture and grain, noise essentially.  After all, it’s the signal through the noise that makes the signal interesting in the first place.

Originally done as a hyper realistic HDR shot in all of its Crimson glory, I decided to give it the Iford XP2 treatment. Ilford XP2 was one of my favorite film stocks to shoot on as it had great tooth. I’ve added a darkroom border as well.



Lauren on her Honda 250. This shot was taken as the sun was doing its final decent so the light is coming near horizontal to the shot. This is a Fuji stock shot 200 ASA equivalent. I’ve added some diffusion around her head to focus on her gaze and to impart a bit more motion to the image.

And what better way to show off an older bike than to give it an older looking print quality. This setting reminds me of the color quality of the bike mags of the 70’s and 80’s

I’m looking forward to playing around with this software a bit to see how far I can push some of my images.

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