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Black 3657: Old Sarum [Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 11:37 pm]

[Where |Old Sarum]
[Feeling |relaxedrelaxed]
[Playing |Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra - Lost Content [Hop the Wag]]

Don't ask me why I'm scanning another random film at Nik o'clock...

This time it's Black 3657, ostensibly a roll of Kodak Gold 200-7 but I'm actually using the Gold 200 Gen 2 preset (later ones give a blue cast to the scan). The VueScan generic setting loses a lot of shadow detail, and likewise with restore colours or restore fading. I've ranted before about trying to colour balance film - the other fun challenge is the response curve of film is decidedly non-linear and depends a lot on the particular chemistry used. And no-one appears to produce correction tables for anything remotely modern. On the plus side, being ISO 200 there's a lot less grain.

Another random aside: as well as adding artificial film grain, one can now get look-up tables designed to alter the colours of digital footage to match the characteristics of film.

Enough ranting. These photos are taken from an outing to Old Sarum in Salisbury, and unusually I know exactly when these were taken: Sunday 11th October 2015. That was the penultimate flight of Vulcan XH558 - the route took it past Old Sarum, and so I made a spur-of-the-moment plan to head up with camera. Having seen the Vulcan appear, swoop round, and disappear into the distance, I reloaded the Nikon with another film and spent the rest of the day exploring Old Sarum...

The nearby airfield was active with a collection of light aircraft buzzing around...

...and this kite, flown by someone in the grounds:

Random artistic flower photo. I'm amazed any of it was in focus given the wind and the (intentionally) shallow depth of field.

Cross-posted to deviantArt

Afterwards I headed down for a wander and a spot of geocaching around Stratford-sub-Castle and the Church of St. Lawrence. Interesting bit of trivia about the church: above the chancel arch is a wall painting hidden by the thick plaster. It was discovered when a chunk of plaster fell off while moving the coat of arms which was originally mounted there!

Cross-posted to deviantArt

To the side of the church is the village war memorial...

...and behind it, in the churchyard, is a Cross of Sacrifice. War memorials are everywhere in England - it's a very rare village that doesn't have one - but Commonwealth war graves are less common, and the Cross of Sacrifice is only placed in cemeteries with at least 40 such graves. Seeing it was quite moving.

Cross-posted to deviantArt
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