I use 35mm because I tend to photograph remote wilderness locations and prefer being there for extended periods. I also usually go by myself, as my bushwalking mates don't have the mind set required or interest for that matter, and subsequently I carry a heavy pack. Hmmm, I guess if I spend most of my time alone then I don't have many mates....?
I use Canon 35mm - 17-40L, 24-70L, 70-200L or 100-400L zoom and 50 Macro. My camera is the Canon EOS 5D and my film camera the EOS 3. I use Hoya Super HMC UV and Circular Polariser screw on filters, Lee GND soft and hard edge in 2 and 3 stop gradations. My tripod is the Carbon Fibre Slik with an Acratech ballhead. When weight or space is not an issue I will include a Canon 430EX flash, with a Stoffen flash diffuser.
To protect the prime lenses I put them inside neoprene beer can holders. These, the filters and lens cleaning stuff are then put into three Outdoor Research water resistant pouches.
The total weight is about 10kg.
My work process is as follows...
For digital work I shoot camera "raw" at 12.9m pixel. This will produce a Super A3 image 45.5cmx29.4cm image pin sharp with out the need to interpolate.
For film work I Scan with the Microtek 4000tf using Silverfast or Vuescan software. A 4000 DPI 48 bit master scan is produced.
I use Photoshop CS2. The process is to first sharpen the scan, clean the image of dust etc. I then again adjust tone, colour and saturation, doing as much as possible in 48bit, if necessary using masks. After resizing I then resharpen and adjust the above again. I do a final sharpen, based on the type of output. If I am resizing a lot I will do a series of resizes rather than one big one.
I then save this Working file in tiff format.
Prior to printing I convert the colour profile to the profile for the paper I will be printing too.
To print I use the Canon P9000 printer and Canon paper. I set the printer to No Colour Management and send the image to the printer with the paper profile embedded into the image.
In addition I have been using Genuine Fractals to interpolate the images to whatever size required.
My monitor is a 19" Sony Trinitron and I calibrate my monitor with the Photocal Spyder at a gamma of 2.2.
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