Picture: Sunset along the green hills of Bolinas Ridge in Spring, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California
Two things caused me to post this image today. First, I’ve been following a discussion about the ‘history’ of (over)saturated color landscape photography on David Leland Hyde’s weblog. The second factor is that I was pulling together a submission of “Classic California” landscapes.
In an early comment on David’s blog, I mentioned about film palettes, and how I often tell photographers working on image processing to take things until you realize you’ve gone to far, then back off by 15%. A pervasive attitude (or problem) is that there are many photographer out there who don’t “back off”, and in fact, keep pushing the sliders so far beyond reality as to make an image appear if it could be the cover of an old Raymond Bradbury or an Issac Asimov science-fiction novel.
Then today, I wanted to submit the image above to a client, but it was shot on Fuji Velvia slide film, and I didn’t have a scan of the image. I put the slide in my trusty Nikon SuperCoolscan ED 5000 scanner, and this is what came out. There’s no photoshop, and the scanner ran on it’s default setting, and it’s almost a perfect match for the transparency.
I grew up photographically using Velvia, and that’s the palette my brain learned photography using. When I process my new digital images, I aim to keep the images looking as if they were shot on film, as if I’d taken the image fifteen years ago. That’s about when the above shot was taken.
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