Same Shot Different Medium

I have four photos of Emerald Lake Lodge from the same vantage point. Very interesting to see the difference in latitudes and colours each system has. Some are more general and flexible and some are specific to the type of look desired. The photos have very bright areas and very dark areas, this will help show us the limits of what each is capable of as proper exposure is more difficult with large differences in available light.

Which of the four is your favourite?

The first, pictured below, is taken on Fuji Velvia 50, a slide film that has the least amount of dynamic range in this series of photos. Which is plain to see in the blown out whites of the mountain and dark black shadows of the trees. This film definitely sets a mood.

The photo below was taken on Kodak Portra 160. Not as many shadows as the Velvia, the colours are more muted as well. The lighting feels very soft and the colours warm.

The first two photos were on film, the last two are digital. The film photos were scanned that way, they look great from the start as long as when you take the photo you properly expose and compose it.

This photo below was taken on a converted infrared camera. I had certain light filters taken off the camera sensor and different ones put on which will let the infrared spectrum light be captured. The colours are different from this process and creates a bit of a surreal look. The Infrared shot takes a lot of editing. Once it is loaded on the computer I use Photoshop to adjust contrast and shadows, but the work is in adjusting the colour channels to represent the way our eyes will recognize it. I have to flip the red and blue colour channels and adjust the luminance. Overall a very cool look but more work than a regular photo. In the future I would like to post some comparison shots during a photo edit.

The last of the four photos was taken with a dedicated black and white camera, the Leica Monochrom. As convenient or inconvenient you may think a camera that only takes black and white photos is… the real advantage comes in the clarity and dynamic range. The Monochrom handles contrast very well, the light is neither too dark nor too light- it captures it all, unlike the first photo which had many shadows and over exposed areas.