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San Francisco City Hall by Rodney Johnson

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San Francisco City Hall 10/6/2011

This shot is really astounding to me. Pulling Plus-X 2 stops in Xtol really flattens the contrast, but this shot has detail I didn’t see with the naked eye when viewing the scene. I have no idea what’s going on in the sky here, it looks like it’s city light reflecting from overcast cloud layer but the sky was virtually cloudless (with a few exceptions seen in the other shots of this scene). Most of the detail in the foreground and the trees I couldn’t see, it was dusk before they turned on the floodlamps (as you can see in the IR version of the scene). The statuesque details in the unlit truss was also unseen. The angled rays from the lights on the roof I never noticed before, and I’ve been there since and can’t see them. It’s simply amazing what this film can pull out of the shadows when pulling it to this extreme!

Kodak Plus-X (expired 6/2003?) – Xtol (processed @ www.gammasf.com)
(Pull Processed 2 stops)
SEKONIC L-778 DUAL SPOT F METER
EV0 (+reciprocity failure compensation) : 82s @ f4 (spot-metered shadows @ 100ASA and placed them at Zone 3)
5mm downward shift
Hasselblad Flexbody w/50mm f4 Zeiss CF Distagon T*
Epson PERFECTION V750-M PRO SCANNER
(20110924_PlusX_old_Pull2Xtol_49467_007)

I’m a lifelong and pure hobbyist; I just do this for fun! After wanting one for over 25 years (and shooting a lot of 35mm), I finally got a Hasselblad (and later a Mamiya)! Someday, I suspect I’ll graduate to larger film formats.

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Comments

  • James2001
    James2001over 2 years ago

    Wow, this is superb. The flags give it a spooky feel. James

  • James2001
    James2001over 2 years ago

  • Hey thanks James!

    – Rodney Johnson

  • mczahar
    mczaharover 2 years ago

    An extremely photogenic building. Beautiful print! Its got good texture in the sky and a lot of depth!

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