Quinn Gourmely Part II or the difference between digital and film in black and white photography

Here are the photos of Quinn! That handsome devil.

The first image is a digital file that I took at the Delta Hotel in Montreal back in August of 2004. The other images are from a brief stopover at Heathrow airport in the February of 1999.

In this post I am including the before and after shots of my digital editing of the black and white negative that was scanned with my Nikon Coolscan negative scanner. As you can see the black and white negative was originally very dark, dirty, and contained much dust and imperfections. Using Photoshop I spent a good part of an hour clean up the dust and negative scratches. Moreover, in order to convert the 35mm image to digital I had to scan the negative with my Nikon Coolscan negative scanner- a painstaking process as the scanner has a difficulty in reading black and white film and can take a few tries to get it right. However, the digital photo lacks the depth of space and attention to detail that the negative displays. The film images also contains greater resolution and the tiff file weights 32mb compared to an average of 2.5 mb for my digital jps.

With the digital file I adjusted the brightness, contrast, and removed the hotel lamp and electric socket in the upper left corner. Total time in Photoshop: ten minutes. Yet despite the higher quality of 35mil I must admit that I rarely use my film camera and I’ve got some great film in the fridge that’s been sitting there for months. Film takes too long to process, is costly, and takes up too much time with the negative scanner and Photoshop. My Fuji S2 Pro is a good camera but it takes a lot of effort to come close to capturing the same effect as good old 35mil. Any thoughts?

As for Quinn, he looks handsome in digital or film! Can’t wait to see you again Quinn and share laughs, drinks, and a portrait session.


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