Why not start the Year 2021 with some film tests………..
I had casually tried some Retro 80S on the drive home from Phoenix in 2019. But I wasn’t really planning on a comparative study and my image were not in pairs. So I decide to set-up a real study comparing Retro 80S AND Retro 400.S This is Part I where I will discuss Retro 80S.
The tests were conducted using 120 film and my Mamiya-7 cameras both with IR 695 filters. Ilford SFX-200 was my standard for comparison.
All of the SFX-200 imafes are on the left, and the Retro80S on the right.
In my first images from 2019, I had used a Dark Red filter for the Retro 80S. applying the IR 695 to the Retro 80S made it more contrasty than preferred. So I thin for an future use I would recommend using just a Dark Red Filter, instead of the IR 695 for the Retro 80S film.
For classic B&W landscapes we often think of Ansel Adams. And for more intimate landscapes, John Sexton. But those are mostly Western Landscapes. The East has beautiful scenes that tend to go unloved. Even Clyde Butcher ventured west for a change-up in is photo scenes. I was supposed to go to the Everglades last Fall, and had hoped to post images from Florida for this Inspiration. But my illness intervened. We are still planning our visit with Clyde and stay in one of his cabins. My photographer’s eye is looking forward to the South Florida Environs. Check him out here.
Well, I live where I live, so my inspiration from Clyde Butcher as acknowledged here, comes from his dramatic, sweeping landscapes and how clouds are an important feature of the landscape. Also, the importance of masterful photography in Conservation and Historical Preservation efforts.
So my Inspiration from the Cathedral Trail Loop in Capitol Reef National Park. Also environmentally significant because of the threat to open this Park to fracking and mining operations:
Also a test of the Rollei Retro 80S IR sensitive film……….using a 695 filter.