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Gregory Froelich
7-Dec-1999, 12:27
Steve Simmons (I think) includes in his book on view cameras a landscape shot by someone else on tungsten film. It had a wonderful warm glow to it without a blue cast. Just what's possible with tungsten film, other than shooting tungsten lit subjec

Doremus Scudder
7-Dec-1999, 13:50
You can get exactly the same effect with the compensating filter for daylight fi lm in tungsten light. Try it and see if you like it before you shell out money f or a box of tungsten film. (You could also just carry one type of film and the c omensating filters and have the choice anytime.) Regards, ;^D)

Ron Shaw
7-Dec-1999, 16:51
If it didnt have a blue cast, it was filtered, as Doremus implied. I have seen (outdoor) shots of houses using tungsten film, unfiltered. The inside and some of the outside of the house was lit with tungsten, and the film rendered them properly, but the sky was a deep blue. They were very interesting images.

Richard Rankin
7-Dec-1999, 17:57
The photo in question is clearly described in the book. Shot on Tungsten balanced Ektachrome with #85B filter, overexposed one stop, under-developed at lab. Shot by Morley Bauer, p 119. The claim is that tungsten balanced Ektachrome shot outdoors with an #85B gives a warmer colour than daylight balanced Ektachrome. The over/under was the cause for the softness of the image and to lower colour saturation (according to Simmons).

Gregory Froelich
11-Dec-1999, 03:29
Thanks for the responses! The BB cut my message short, evidently because I'm us ing a Mac. I was also wondering if anyone had used this in other circumstances, say natural light port raiture, winter shots...I suppose wherever anyone would want that soft warming effect? It does inspire me to expe riment.

Jeff Scott
20-Dec-1999, 20:47
I had learned from Bruce Barnbaum several years ago that he uses tungsten film with an 85B filter for his color landscape work. This film/filter combination is lower in contrast than daylight balanced film, so it is great for any contrasty situations which shows up quite frequently in outdoor photography.