Long Exposure on Film: #2 Daylight Results

Interesting in technical part of this long exposure series, read intro part.

After trying to scan this negatives by myself and seeing result, I decided to pay to the lab, to scan them in low resolution, but much better then I could get. I’ve mentioned them to stay true to negative and not to apply any filters like sharpening, etc.

Not that I’m thrilled with results. There was some light leak from sides to my modified Lee Filters holder, probably I didn’t screw tighter filter into holder, there is also some middle line, which is also interesting. But this is welding glass, so it might have some fault, it is not created to be a filter for camera.

And I think for next test, just from things observed I’ll:

  • use box speed or below for faster films.
  • make sure to have separate roll for daylight/night long exposure.
  • do (N-1) less development for night exposures. 
  • do not let clouds and sky to blow out.
  • use slower films ISO 100 and more preferably ISO 25.

Even my reciprocity failure’s used are inconclusive, I’ll need to do more testing for Ilford HP5+ to be sure which reciprocity failure to use. This I’ll leave for next post…

I’ll go through scenes and bring digital and film (no filter) exposures, long exposure(s), and last digital in colour just for reference. I’ll supply shutter speeds and aperture, all digital and film used same ISO 800.

Scene #1

Reflection on sea, super hight contrast, but I wanted to see how it will abstract in long exposure, whether you like it or not, this scene abstracts very well in long exposure, I would like that it was more in the middle. Taken in full bright day. I will do try to replicate this in some better way and try with ND 3.0 instead of welding glass.

Interesting thing is how much same exposure differ from digital to film, not sure maybe I did something with development or is it scanning?

  • Digital monochrome normal: f/16, 1/1000
  • Film normal: f/16, 1/1000
  • Film long exposure: f/16, 1/1000, -16 stops, 50sec,  w/RF (official) 05:41min
  • Film long exposure: f/16, 1/1000, -16 stops, 50sec, w/RF (G.Gainer) 01:51min
  • Digital colour normal: f/16, 1/1000
  • Scene #2

    Part of slide that in winter is missing the sliding piece, but it look interesting. Taken at at fall of the day, so it was not too bright. It would be much more interesting with some dynamic clouds, now it just empty and featureless. And I did nail the horizon line up to perfection :) Digital photo is not same composition since like all this daily shots is shot as hand-held. And first long exposure have some ghost people, second have none.

    • Digital monochrome normal: f/8, 1/750 
    • Film normal: f/8, 1/800
    • Film long exposure: f/8, 1/800, -16 stops, 01:30min, w/RF (G.Gainer) 04:11min 
    • Film long exposure: f/8, 1/800, -16 stops, 01:20 min (dropped for 10 sec), w/RF (official) 11:47min 
    • Digital colour normal: f/8, 1/750

    Scene #3

    Same crippled slide, different day :) Taken on second day that was a more misty day and with some mostly featureless clouds. I saw interesting and contrasty ripples, and I liked composition. I was a bit better with my horizon, even though full horizon line is not seen until shot with long exposure. I think this composition have potential, but not with this film, I need to use slow film. 

    • Digital monochrome normal: f/5.6, 1/750 
    • Film normal: f/5.6, 1/640 
    • Film long exposure: f/5.6, 1/640, -16 stops, 01:40min, w/RF (G.Gainer) 04:46min 
    • Film long exposure: f/5.6, 1/640, -15.5 stops, 01:11 min, w/RF (official) 10:00 min 
    • Film long exposure: f/11, 1/250, -15.5 stops, 03:01min, w/RF (G.Gainer) 11:30min 
    • Digital colour normal: f/5.6, 1/750


    In next part I’ll go through few scenes I’ve done in night, and one done in night with exposure out of my head, or better yet EV, from which I’ve translated to exposure.

    If there is any comments or questions please do ask…

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