In the days of having more stores carrying film a few years back, I absolutely adored using Ilford PanF 50 film. I mainly only shoot on my off days, which means it can only happen once I drag myself out of bed and have large amounts of coffee. By then, the light conditions are much more conducive to using ASA50 film without a tripod.
This particular roll of Ilford PanF 50 was taken during a trip to Chattahoochee Nature Center a few years ago. While I know it may be a bit of a cop-out to post old photos instead of new things, these photos are worth sharing. They haven’t surfaced before now because I have a problem critiquing the images I take. I get the negatives back and always think most of them are terrible. Now that I have the ability to scan them and inspect them on a larger scale, I’ve learned to hold my judgement until the scans are finished. I usually find that I like more of them than I would have otherwise thought. When I only had the prints or contact sheet to critique, it was very difficult for me to “see” the images in front of me.
At any rate, these shots using my Canon Rebel Ti and Ilford Pan F 50 film turned out great, and I’m delighted I gave them a second look. These were scanned with an Epson V500 using their negative holder. The photos, amazingly, were not touched up in any way other than removing dust bunnies here and there. These have the tones that I usually have to play around with in PS to achieve. Pardon the excessive patting-my-own-back narrative in this post. I love these images enough that they deserve a little respect. Enjoy!
For me, this shot was the winner of the day. The tones, the composition, and the clarity of the subject against the blurred background were all pretty much spot-on.
Carpenter bee taking a late lunch. I love the way the left and right halves of the photo are different enough to stand on their own as perfectly good images.
Photo two of the carpenter bee. i like the one above a bit better, but the bee was in better focus in the photo below.
This shot was a surprise. I didn’t even remember taking it, but I think I pretty much nailed the composition.
One of the nicer covered bench areas for taking a rest from the nature trail.
The clarity on this scarecrow is simply amazing. I can’t stop looking at it.
There are a few shots left from this roll that I’ll post in a day or two. I didn’t want to post everything in one post, plus I can tell this post is already incredibly long and image-heavy. I hope you enjoyed seeing these. I always appreciate feedback about technique or recommendations of any kind. Feel free to chime in with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thanks!