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an XPan in Antarctica

in Antarctica , Friday, April 12, 2013

Although I’m hopelessly addicted to wide-format photography, using my Hasselblad XPan film camera, there’s no question that it lacks the immediacy of digital. It has taken over two months to get the 10 rolls of Ektachrome E100G which I put through it in Antarctica developed, scanned, cleaned up and somewhat edited. Of course this time I was sidetracked by a trip to Venice as well as several other tangents I shot off on, not to mention earning a living and keep the garden under control. And having a life. Well, marginally. At the same time I still have another 12 rolls from Patagonia which remain in their boxes, and a veritable avalanche of digital photographs from Antarctica which I have had but a cursory look at. I tend to get very linear about this stuff, so apart from the distraction of my Venice projects (which were also a bit linear), I have really concentrated on this process.

Coaxing the best results I can out of my ageing film scanner is time-consuming, as is removing the artefacts it generates. But that’s just part of the deal. The challenge is to get some approximation of the fantastic way the slide film looks on the light table onto the screen.

The next step is to select a dozen or so for a gallery page, but here’s a quick preview.

Xpan antarctica05 10
Xpan antarctica06 13
Xpan antarctica08 01
Xpan antarctic03 11


Very, very convincing - especially that second image down. Antarctica really is designed for the Xpan....

By Project Hyakumeizan, on April 12, 2013

Would you please stop moaning and hurry up with the rest of the images instead of teasing us? Why? Because they look gorgeous! Love shot #1.

By Manuel, on April 14, 2013

Such beautiful work, stunning muted color and wonderful composition. Thanks for sharing.

By David Reams, on April 19, 2013

Thank you for your visit and kind words!

By David Mantripp, on April 19, 2013

"moaning" ? That's rich, coming from a Swiss German fan of miserable music and gloomy weather :-)

By David Mantripp, on April 19, 2013

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