I did the upgrade from my P65+ to see if the IQ180 could break the block I was having with MF, whereby all the art went out of my work when I used it as, a result of the laborious technicalities of doing so sapping my creative juices. So I set out to make an image for a charity auction that would have real impact and be a real seller. I so rarely get serious long-term 'keepers' from MF that I was close to giving up.
I decided to head for Brighton and shoot the West Pier, a burned out wreck of a structure that hovers just offshore, its umbilical cord to dry land having been cut some time back. Now this is a really, truly, cliched subject and has been shot millions of times but in my head I had one of those Victorian architectural drawings of the crystal palace at the Great Exhibition. But I wanted it also to capture the ghostly mood of the place, and to be representative of my fine art style, which tends towards the moody and the painterly. No mean target.
So this is the SK 110 LS on a Cube/Manfrotto CF combo with the DF body. 1/3rd of a second at f20, ISO 35. Tripod (and my!) feet were in the water.
This file was developed in C1 and then exported as 16bit TIFF to LR, from whence it had various round trips into Silver Effex and Photoshop. It was cropped and then upresed to 200% for printing to my Canon iPf6300 on Canson Platine at 64 inches (163cm) wide.
The print looks bloody amazing. Close to exactly what I want. I will tweak some very subtle details for the final print but ten people saw the first run print over the weekend and it got a very strong positive reaction. More importantly for me, it is almost exactly what I had in mind, and finally I was able to get the gear to do what I wanted.
A link to the 92% jpeg file at original resolution:
A smaller version is posted here for in-line viewing (the version I printed is over 18000 pixels wide so I haven't posted that...)
Thanks for looking