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Medium format negatives and scans for Keith Dotson’s ‘Winter Grasses’

Medium format negatives and scans for Keith Dotson’s ‘Winter Grasses’

Examine the negatives, detail scans, and the raw unretouched scan from my new landscape photograph “Winter Grasses”

This photograph was shot on Ilford FP4 PLUS medium format film, also called 2 1/4, or 120 film. I shot it using a twin lens reflex camera (TLR). A negative this size allows for huge amounts of detail and resolution, and very large print sizes.

The final scan features a beautiful film grain, as can be seen in the detail image down the page, taken at only a few inches wide.

"Winter Grasses" this is the final retouched image ready to make prints.
“Winter Grasses” this is the final retouched image ready to make prints. Click to learn more about buying a print for yourself.

Buy a fine art print of “Winter Grasses” from my main website here


Medium format negative of Keith Dotson's landscape photograph "Winter Grasses."
Medium format negative of Keith Dotson’s landscape photograph “Winter Grasses.”
Here I am holding the 2 1/4 inch (120) medium format negative. A negative this large allows for very large prints and lots of detail.
Here I am holding the 2 1/4 inch (120) medium format negative. A negative this large allows for very large prints and lots of detail.
Detail image of the final scan with a ruler scale along the top edge, illustrates the beautiful film grain at 40 inches
Detail image of the final scan with a ruler scale along the top edge, illustrates the beautiful film grain at 40 inches
Thumbnails of all the scans on the roll, which only allows for a maximum of 12 exposures.
Thumbnails of all the scans on the roll, which only allows for a maximum of 12 exposures.
Raw scan of the negative before retouching. Notice how it looks a little flat and lacks contrast. But all of the information is there.
Raw scan of the negative before retouching. Notice how it looks a little flat and lacks contrast. But all of the information is there.

Interested in shooting some medium format film?

Here’s the Ilford FP4 film that I used to make this image.

Ilford FP4 PLUS film available from Amazon.
Ilford FP4 PLUS film available from Amazon.

Or try these other Ilford films


 

Medium format ‘toy’ cameras

These so-called “toy” cameras are an affordable and fun way to get into medium format photography. Always trendy, the Holgas make interesting shots thanks to their plastic lens. Look for Holga groups online for samples.

Buy a Holga on Amazon.


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~ Keith

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