Sometimes you just have to deal with dirty wash water
When working on a film or commercial set, I almost always will shoot stills, no matter what my actual job title may be on that particular day. One of my recent projects is working on the latest Super Bowl ad for attorney Thomas J. Henry. In early January, I and the crew were in St. Louis, filming at the Old Post Office downtown, which is a historic building, constructed around 1880, if I remember correctly. It was a very cool location, with some interesting features, such as the statues that original adorned the roof of the building, not being shown in the common area, as well as a set of original post office boxes, which we used as one of the backgrounds in the spot.
I’ve been processing the film from this shoot sporadically, and decided to soup a couple rolls earlier this evening. I’m not sure how it happened, but my wash water was fairly dirty, which resulted in a lot of dust spots on some of the frames. I would normally spot the image in Photoshop to get rid of the dust, but in this case, I decided that I liked the look of them because they added a certain “timelessness” to the images. That’s one of the reasons why I left some of them in (but the main reason was that I was being lazy). One distressing thing is that I think my Nikon F2AS needs to go in for an adjustment; some of the images are slightly back-focused, even though I’m sure I was dead-on with focus most of the time. At any rate, a CLA couldn’t hurt. Here are some frames from the shoot in St. Louis:
The Old Post Office was a great location for playing with my Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 fisheye. High ceilings and funky stairs make for some cool perspective shots. In the dark setting, I made a mistake with the CineStill tungsten film by not exposing it at ISO 500 instead of its face-value 800, and I paid the price in lost shadow detail. Lesson learned.
One of my favorite characteristics about CineStill 800T film is its ability to handle mixed light & “non-tungsten” light very well. It’s really easy to balance, even if you are shooting without filtration under fluorescent, mercury vapor, or other types of artificial light. It can even be shot unfiltered in daylight and still come out looking good.