This afternoon I uploaded an image to Flickr, something I’ve not done since before Christmas. Now the image in question was a scan from a roll of Ilford FP4 Plus 125 film, I’ve not used this film before but I was really impressed with the blacks I was able to achieve with it, they are in many ways similar to the MM files I’ve been producing.
The image prompted a comment that alluded to me “messing” too much with my film shots in B&W processing software. I fully understand that some people are absolute purists when it comes to this type of thing however I really believe that if I can enhance the shot further in post processing then it’s not a crime…..so “How much is too much” when it comes to post processing our film?
Here is the initial image I uploaded -
Stumped – Leica M3 with 50mm Summilux f/1.4 Asph FLE, metering with a Gossen Pilot
and here is the file, straight off the Canon Canoscan 9000f -
To me the differences are subtle but worthwhile, a personal touch to my image. I certainly don’t feel like I’ve compromised the look of the film but maybe the image should be left exactly as it came off the scanner??? Either way I’m loving the Ilford FP4 Plus 125 film and I’ve already ordered more in 120 format to use on my Contax 645 and Hasselblad 500c.
One thing is for sure, we won’t all have the same view.