Abandoned Farm, South Dakota, 1999

I’ve been scanning some film from 20+ years ago, images which I never printed or did anything with. I’ve been looking specifically for ones that make good black and white conversions. This picture was taken in color on Agfa Ultra 50, a film that had an unusual contrast and palette which I only shot two or three times. That film was medium format so you’re looking at the uncropped full-frame image. I’m pretty sure I used my Hasselblad 903 SWC for this, a wide view camera that came with a fixed 38mm lens and a detachable viewfinder.  There were no electronic parts. You relied on a hand-held meter (or a good guess) to take your picture.

There’s a new feature in Photoshop’s neural filters suite which removes dust commendably. That’s a job that used to take many hours, especially if you intended to make prints from digital film scans. I scanned this one yesterday with my Epson V700, which is still running after twenty years. I did leave the remaining dust visible up there in the sky. Maybe it will give the image some provenance. 😏

18 thoughts on “Abandoned Farm, South Dakota, 1999

    1. Thanks Ken, that’s always a goal (especially with scans). When using the scanner app that means making sure I have “elbow room” on that slider (shadows to the left and highlights to the right). I much prefer to deal with that stuff in post-processing, where there’s more opportunity for subtlety.


    1. Thanks Ed. Those paintings are iconic, And when you look at work by photographers like David Plowden you realize how much influence Hopper’s had outside of painting.


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