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Friday, October 08, 2004

Delivery,New York

Patient #18902

I took my dad to University Hospital for a routine stress test.  With all the MRI stuff and waiting it lasted about four hours.  He's fine.  At one point, after they inject you with the radioactive dye, they tell you to walk around the floor for about 45 minutes.  I just followed him on his walk.  Parts of the area were still being constructed.  It was boring as hell.  At one point, he walked through this lonesome area with all these bare bulbs where I took this shot.

They asked him to sign a release warning him that he was radioactive and might set off alarms at airports.  Neither of us were sure how long he would be radioactive for or what the half-life of the dye was - I think it was Tholium (sp?).  But while he was walking, I had this idea of trying to do a shot that gave some feeling of that radioactive look.  This was taken with the A75 at 400 ISO and then the noise was further enhanced with liberal amount of a film grain filter.

8:58:54 PM    

Item: ImagePrint RIP - at least with the print settings I'm using, wants bi-directional printing to be turned off in the printer driver - actually the port setup.  And that's fine.  But what is odd about Windows 2K, is that when I reboot the pc, Windows reverts to bi-directional printing on the Epson Port being turned on.  Not a big thing, but weird.

Item: There has always been a tremendous emphasis in traditional photography in getting the negative right.  Yes, in terms of exposure this is still true in the digital realm.  But one of the things I've noticed as I've moved from film to digital is that with a good b&w filter plug-in, you have more control in post-processing than with film.  This is especially true with the use of what I would call post-shot color filters.  Typical case.  You have shot the beautiful building against the beautiful sky without using an orange filter and now you are looking at the color image about to be transformed into black and white and you can take your pick of filters to darken the sky.

Which makes me wonder - is there a benefit to shooting with the orange filter in the first place?  Polarizing filters are another matter.  But if your goal is to achieve that nice black sky on a clear sunny day - and you are essentially shooting in color for black and white later on - where do colored filters fit in?  Is this another part of the old film world that is going to have declining sales?  Or am I missing something?


10:31:28 AM