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Looking Back at the Film Era: A Landscape Collection

  
 
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Hey yíall,

One of the gear forum threads has me going back through drum scans of my film era photography and has stirred up amazing memories and those delicious bittersweet feelings of nostalgia. I love the productivity and immediate feedback of digital, but at the same time I realize there was some magic for me shooting Fuji Velvia on 4x5 sheet film - not just the end result, but the entire process. So now I feel compelled to share some of those film shots, and hope you will enjoy these scenes. The film era will always hold a special place in my heart, and I bet for many of you also!

Cheers,
Ross




Fiery sunset on clouds and rising mist, Mount Rainier N.P.






Wild rhododendrons in forest, Washington state






Stately tree in autumn, British Columbia, Canada






Springtime blossoms, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle






Cascading creek on a misty day, Olympic National Park






Intense sunset color at Death Valley superbloom






Morning in the Central Oregon high country lava fields






Colorful sunrise at Mount Rainier






Late autumn in Utah high country






Foggy forest on the Olympic Peninsula, WA






Dusk brings the day to a close on the Oregon coastline




Mar 17, 2023 at 02:00 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Looking Back at the Film Era: A Landscape Collection


Ross,
Incredible set of fantastic photographs. WOW.



Mar 17, 2023 at 02:07 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Looking Back at the Film Era: A Landscape Collection


Beautiful landscape photo collection
I specially the impressive image, "Morning in the Central Oregon high country lava fields"



Mar 17, 2023 at 02:53 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Looking Back at the Film Era: A Landscape Collection


BEAUTIFUL set! very inspiring - i really like your Utah aspen shot - ive never captured anything i have been happy with


Mar 17, 2023 at 05:43 PM
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Sunny Sra wrote:
Ross,
Incredible set of fantastic photographs. WOW.


Sunny, thank you so much for enjoying and commenting!



Mar 17, 2023 at 10:24 PM
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All masterpieces of some of my favorite places. Thanks for sharing.

I shot a lot of 35mm Velvia and Provia on climbs. I always aspired to someday shoot 4x5 (when I was too old to climb hard) but never did. Now my A7rV gets me there with more creative options and lenses.



Mar 18, 2023 at 06:21 AM
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junglialoh wrote:
Beautiful landscape photo collection
I specially the impressive image, "Morning in the Central Oregon high country lava fields"


Thanks Jung! That area with lava and mountain peaks is one of my favorite places 😍



Mar 18, 2023 at 07:55 AM
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Wow, great set of images Ross. I too like that shot of the central Oregon lava fields. It shows nature's stubborn will to exist no matter the circumstances. Well done.

Greg



Mar 18, 2023 at 08:02 AM
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Absolutely stunning set!


Mar 18, 2023 at 08:08 AM
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Ross, great to see you posting again. What a fantastic set of images you have shared! Hard to pick a favorite. Definitely earns my vote 👍🏻


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Dustin Gent wrote:
BEAUTIFUL set! very inspiring - i really like your Utah aspen shot - ive never captured anything i have been happy with


Appreciate your kind words, Dustin! I have many aspen shot attempts that will never see the light of day because they just didnít capture the vibe of those amazing trees. I I especially love how bare aspens make for such a strong graphic element.



Mar 18, 2023 at 12:40 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Looking Back at the Film Era: A Landscape Collection


Great shots, good compositions on all, but many are way oversaturated... especially that first one.


Mar 18, 2023 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Looking Back at the Film Era: A Landscape Collection


Beautiful set Ross, give me "Late autumn in Utah high country" all day long! Film was so much fun, and a lot of work. Well done.


Mar 18, 2023 at 03:11 PM
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Jim Dockery wrote:
All masterpieces of some of my favorite places. Thanks for sharing.

I shot a lot of 35mm Velvia and Provia on climbs. I always aspired to someday shoot 4x5 (when I was too old to climb hard) but never did. Now my A7rV gets me there with more creative options and lenses.


Thank you Jim! Iím always reminded of my home state when I see your posts. Thatís cool you were also a Velvia and Provia shooter (I used a bit of Astia too). Regardless of the nostalgia and great memories, I could never go back to that slower, more expensive, and often frustrating workflow. Iím with you on the A7RV 😎

Cheers,
Ross



Mar 18, 2023 at 04:20 PM
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gregfountain wrote:
Wow, great set of images Ross. I too like that shot of the central Oregon lava fields. It shows nature's stubborn will to exist no matter the circumstances. Well done.

Greg


Grateful for your kind comments Greg! I agree about your thoughts on nature's will, she's pretty amazing.



Mar 18, 2023 at 08:45 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Looking Back at the Film Era: A Landscape Collection


Thanks for posting such a great set.


Mar 19, 2023 at 03:58 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Looking Back at the Film Era: A Landscape Collection


The Death Valley sunset bloom stands out for me.


Mar 19, 2023 at 05:11 AM
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Marifiote wrote:
Absolutely stunning set!


@Marifiote Thank you very much for viewing and commenting!



Mar 19, 2023 at 08:12 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Looking Back at the Film Era: A Landscape Collection


Fantastic Ross. I bet you got plenty of wow's back then, when sharing prints was the only way to share photos!


Mar 19, 2023 at 05:26 PM
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phil hawkins wrote:
Great shots, good compositions on all, but many are way oversaturated... especially that first one.


Hi Phil, thank you for your comment! I appreciate your feedback on the saturation levels. I just went back into Lightroom and pulled up each drum scan file. The first image had zero added contrast, saturation, and vibrance - it was truly one of the most intensely colorful endings of sunset light Iíve witnessed in my 45 years of shooting. My dear friend and FM member @slavd2020 shot next to me on this particular evening, it was phenomenal!

The legendary colorful and contrasty rendition of Fujiís Velvia transparency film is readily seen in this set. But I went back through each image just now in Lightroom and made sure saturation was set to zero (it already was zero on more than half these images), and in some cases I reduced the exposure because they were too bright, and on some I lowered the contrast a bit (these files had been prepped for watercolor prints), and am reposting the slightly revised set here in this comment [FM will no longer let me edit the original post]. For the first image, I have actually moved saturation below zero to minus 10 on this revised version.

Thanks again @phil hawkins for engaging me on this topic, and let me know what you think about the 2nd set colors.

Cheers,
Ross




























































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