Urban Woods Scene

Urban Woods SceneUrban Woods Scene – Los Angeles, California, USA

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copyright 2011 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

When I stumbled upon this wooded scene, it looked very Asian to me, maybe Japanese or Chinese. I processed and printed it in the darkroom to accentuate its Asian qualities. It was actually shot in front of Fairfax High School at Melrose and Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles.

Minolta SR-T 101 SLR, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50 mm f/1.7 lens, Kodak Plus X 125 Professional 35 mm b&w film, scanned on Polaroid Sprintscan 4000 film scanner. Exposure not recorded.


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13 thoughts on “Urban Woods Scene

    • Yes, and besides being b&w it has also been slightly brown toned. In the darkroom days I used to submerge a print in a tray of coffee, pulling it out when the right amount of brown toning was achieved. Now I use digital coffee.

      Thank you for commenting.

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  1. You’re most welcome. And I like the coffee tip – something to remember if the internet breaks down and we have to revert to low-fi techniques. I’m guessing the coffee could have added an slight element of chance – easier to get uniformity with software, tho. in anycase the results can always be surprising!

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  2. I have a tree photo in fact a couple that are like your tree without the coffee, I will post them for you to view, reading how you achieved the tint has made me remember my darkroom days and the fun I had developing my prints, I am discovering I am missing the developing/enlarging process as well as the taking of the photos.

    YIKES!!!! Now what do I do?????

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  3. Hi Marina. I have fond memories of working in the darkroom. I even worked with a ferrotype machine, but these memories will remain memories. You can’t stop progress and the digital darkroom i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, and Camera RAW I find to be just as much fun if not more.

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  4. I have hear of photoshop I will check them out.

    I am looking forward to expanding my views through the lens and playing with my images. I am remembering a time when I did or didn’t do something and my roll of film didn’t develop I was upset at the loss, at least that will not happen with digital.

    Progress is good {at least in this area}.

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  5. Film horror story: I used to process and print all my b&w film. Of course I could not do that with Kodachrome color transparency film so that was sent out. I once dropped off 300 rolls of Kodachrome for processing at one of the top labs in Los Angeles. When I got everything back, my best shot was missing (you always know your best shot when you click the shutter and you do not forget it). Someone at the lab had pilfered my photo and replaced it with a frame grab from a porno video!

    Now, I am in complete control of all my color work.

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      • It was a 6 week project of mostly landscapes. With film, I used to make in-camera dupes. I did this in case something happened to one frame, I would have four more original transparencies. I would also bracket 1/3 stop on the plus side and 1/3 stop on the minus side to makes sure the exposure was perfect. That’s five frames right on the meter, five over, and five under for a total of 15 frames of the same scene. This method is preferable to sending an original transparency to a lab for duplication because the dupes would be second generation and inferior to the original.

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  6. WOW I actually understood all that jargon, It must have been somewhere in my memory from my shooting days, but I have to say I don`t think I ever took transparencies, if they could be made into slides I did do that a couple of times. I took a trip to some small islands off the coast of Newfoundland and I remember shooting with the knowledge that they were going to be slides.
    I am amazing myself with all this.

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