Amazing Film


XPan image in Paris. Handheld using Ilford Delta 100.
XPan image in Paris. Handheld using Ilford Delta 100. Click to see a larger image.

This is another image that I just have to share. I shot this around 10 years ago in Paris on my XPan panoramic camera. It was shot on good old Ilford Delta 100 and processed using ID11. I scanned the image in two halves using my Minolta 5400 35mm scanner. The image is panoramic so you need to scan in two halves and then merge the two in Photoshop. The resulting image is 45” x 16” when printed at 300dpi.

Now here are two close up sections at 100% magnification with no sharpening. You can see where I have taken them from on the main image by the red boxes.

Section 1 from the roof
Section 1 from the roof

And the other section.

Section 2
Section 2

Whilst I’m amazed at how sharp the image is (I would love to have this scanned on a top quality scanner), what I really like the gritty feel it has. It’s not as clinical as a digital black and white. Perhaps I’m growing to appreciate black and white film more in my old age.

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