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Love That Grain


Kenneth Jarecke, Contact Press Images

This is a detail from an image I just added to my print club. Here's the full frame.

The original was made on Kodachrome 200. DOT Editions did the drum scan (one of about twenty I had made) and it is beautiful. The print I produced is just amazing.

Be forewarned... when I start receiving emails or posts about how much you like the detail better than the whole frame, you're going to hurt my feelings. So if you want to be all hurtful and such go ahead, just try not to cut me too deep.


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Michal Daniel

You just made my heart sing! Been exposing nothing but Fuji 1600 color neg on this latest Prague trip of mine. Grain? Can't to see all those golf balls!

Michal Daniel

Oh, and forgot to mention, last night I had a conversation about digitizing film with Bohdan Holomicek.

Bohdan's solution is absolutely brilliant. He turned an old enlarger upside down, removed the enlarging lens, and in its place he mounted a digicam with macro capability facing the film and bingo. Lightning fast, easy, cheap, and as a bonus, this process allows him to retain his signature rough black border. Soon as I return to the US, this is exactly what I will do, with my old 4x5 DeVere 54W!


Nothing, absolutely nothing, had grain like Scotch ISO 1000. It was beautiful stuff.

I'm sure going to miss Kodachrome when it dies. :(

Michal Daniel

Ooo. Scotch 640T was just as chunky as the 1000! Until digital came along, 640T was my #1 film, in my theatre work. Unreal grain! Stunning!

Kenneth Jarecke

Is that theater work in Prague or another type of project? Let me know when I can see it.

Michal Daniel

Ken, I'm back in Prague for fun and pleasure. I make my living as a theatre photographer in the US. Thousands of my theatre images are on my website. All of my color theatre images made prior to 2002 were recorded on Scotch 640T, pushed to ISO 1250. My primary clients in the film days were the Guthrie and the Public:

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