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I don’t think I’ll get tired of photographing the Lighthouse complex any time soon. The buildings provide an infinite source of inspiration, and every time I make a trek to the buildings, I discover new angles and interesting details. Considering that Lighthouse is still far from finished, I suspect I’ll be getting back to it regularly in the foreseeable future. My immediate plan is to try shooting the buildings in the evening. Since I don’t have a lot of experience with night time film photography, this is going to be an interesting challenge.
Nikon EM, Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8, Ilford XP2 Super 400.
For amateurs like me, the Lighthouse complex in Aarhus is a nice place to hone architectural photography skills. And for my recent photographic pilgrimage to the buildings, I decided to use a Tamron 28mm f/2.8 Adaptall lens (the CW-28 model). I bought it cheaply a long time ago, and I even took it with me on our latest trip to Tokyo. But, for some reason, I didn’t really use it a lot. In case you are curious, head over to the Life and photography machines blog to read a detailed review of the lens. Despite its age, CW-28 is a rather capable lens, and it turned out to be ideally suited for shooting buildings.
From the Lighthouse Diary series. Nikon EM, Tamron 28mm f/2.8 Adaptall, Ilford XP2 Super 400.
This shot is actually the result of a technical malfunction. For some reason, my Nikon EM didn’t advance the film properly, and I ended up with this double-exposure photo. This happened only once, so I guess it was just a fluke, and a very lucky one at that.
This shot reminds me of Piet Mondrian‘s paintings, hence the title.
Nikon EM, Tamron 80-210mm f/3.8-4 Adaptall 2, Ilford XP2 Super 400. Aperture: f/8.0. Shutter speed: 1/125 sec. ISO: 400.
If you fancy black and white photography, you’ll be pleased to learn that digiKam features a rather powerful tool for converting color photos to black and white. Turning the currently edited photo to black and white in digiKam is a matter of choosing Color » Black & White. But in most cases, the converted photo needs additional tweaking, and the application offers a few nifty tools to do just that.
The Film section provides a handful of filters that emulate different film types like Agfa Pan, Kodak Tmax, Kodak TriX, and Ilford SPX. These filters offer a quick and easy way to tweak the black and white photo. Which film filter works best depends on the currently edited photo, so you might want to try several filters to achieve the best result. Select the filter you like, and you can immediately see the result in the preview pane.
As the name suggests, the Lens Filters section contains several color filters, including orange, green, yellow, and red. While you can experiment by applying different filters to the photo, the easiest way to find out which filter is best suited for the specific photo is to use the context help. Press Shift+F1 and click on any filter to get a brief description of it. Once you’ve applied the desired filter, you can specify its intensity by using the Strength slider.
Besides the straight black and white conversion, digiKam lets you turn your photos into duotone images. And the Tone section offers several tone filters such as sepia, platinum, and green.
Finally, the Luminosity section lets you manually adjust the curve and the contrast. This feature can come in handy if you want to fix under- or overexposed areas and improve the overall contrast of the photo.