Backstage; 1 roll Ilford 35mm HPS pan (800 ISO, 640 in tungsten light).
Orchestra Pit; 2 rolls 35mm Kodak Plus X pan (125 ISO,100 in tungsten light)
Balcony; 1 roll 35mm Kodak Tri X pan (400ASA ISO, 320 in tungsten light)
This could be why the two orchestra pit rolls are so underexposed being two stops slower film.
Ilford HPS roll film (120 size) and 35mm introduced “the fastest film in the world”. Fast panchromatic, 400ASA in daylight, 320ASA in tungsten light. The speed revision of 1960 raised the speed to 800ASA. Price; 36exp 35mm cassette 9s/2d (46p). Multiply these costs by 17.3 to get 2005 equivalents, so the 35mm cassette of monochrome HPS would cost £7.93p
Digital Renovation Notes
The four rolls were film scanned at 5200ppi and 16bit in greyscale making a 45mb file.
No sharpening was applied. These were carried out on a Flex film scanner and a Nikon Coolscan.
The scans were then processed using Photo Shop Bridge and the separately adjusted elements of the
image assembled in layers then flattened and cleaned of dust and marks.
There is on average about 8 to 20 layers for each image processed by Hag who comments……..
‘Of Miki’s four rolls two were underexposed by a few stops, (Photographs from the Orchestra Pit) which made it impossible to make quality silver gelatin prints of these in the darkroom. Now with digital technology scanning the negatives at a high bit depth it has been possible to process these excellent pictures to produce a much expanded tonal range revealing much detail that was not apparent via analogue printing. Re-assembling and cleaning each element to reveal Miki’s wonderfully captured images was a joy not dissimilar from constructing my own photographs’.
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