I’ve been playing around with some of my old black and white stuff lately. When I was shooting film back in the old days, I was always partial to a harder edged, grainier look than the smooth toned, grainless photos that were, and continue to be, the standard that much of photography is judged by. Especially landscape photography. When I started doing photography digitally, both with digital cameras and film scans, one thing that annoyed me to no end was that I couldn’t get that same grainy hard look when I wanted it.
The reason for that is actually simple. Until recently the only editing software I used was GIMP, and it doesn’t have film grain in it’s filters. When I got this new computer it came with Photoshop Elements 9 installed which does have film grain and a few other effects GIMP doesn’t. So…
I added a bit of grain to this old neg of Blodgett Canyon, and it’s approaching the look I like. Maybe it won’t appeal to you, but it suits me just fine. It comes close to expressing what it feels like being out in bright sunlight in one of my favorite places back in the ‘old country’.
Update: Just for the sake of comparison, here’s the ‘smoother version’. I’d love to hear your preferences.
pj johnson — photographer
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