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A royal funeral and some street art

I’ve spent the entire day watching the funeral of the Queen today (well, apart from watching the latest episode of House of the Dragon while eating my breakfast. I guess that was about a queen too, although tonally, it was somewhat darker…).

As I spoke about a few days ago, I’m far from a royal watcher, but I felt that this was a truly historic event and one I ought to watch for that reason even if for no other. There were two funeral services broadcast – the state funeral at Wesminster Abbey, attended by heads of state and other guests, and the smaller (but only by comparison) service at Windsor Castle where, among other things, the Queen’s crown, along with the orb and sceptre, were formally taken from her to be presented to King Charles when his coronation takes place. While there will be a final private service for family this evening, where the Queen will be buried beside her late husband, it maked the final public appearance of her coffin and felt like the final closure of the past week-or-so’s events.

The funeral marks the end of this period of official national mourning and means that things should begin to return to normality again from tomorrow, although I expect that it will be a fading out rather than a sudden halt to all the discussion about the events.

Today’s picture has nothing whatsoever to do with the funeral of the Queen, but I always post a picture, so this is a completely unrelated image of a man walking past some attractive street art in Manchester.

Esco

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Portra 800 (shot at 400asa). Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 10 August 2022

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6 thoughts on “A royal funeral and some street art

    1. Thanks. You can see a definite difference in the larger version of the scanned images – they don’t have that clinical sharpness of native digital images, and the grain becomes apparent depending on the film stock.

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      1. Yes, the difference is huge. Film looks way, WAY better. Great colors on this one, and, of course, as I’ve told you before, I love the grain structure of Portra 800.

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      2. I don’t understand the “clinical sharpness of native digital images” statement. I’ve had four eye surgeries in my short 55 years in this planet. I can’t imagine wanting to see unsharp images and I’ve always disliked grain and digital noise. I buy low grain film stock and use the lowest ISO I can find. That’s what admired about your scans. They appear to have very little grain.

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      3. It wasn’t meant to be a detrimental statement, more an observation of how if I zoom into a digital image it retains the same sharpness. My film images lose definition under the same scrutiny. Some of this is down to grain, some is down to limitations of my focusing when viewed more closely, and some is down to the resolving ability of the consumer scanning equipment I have at my disposal.

        This said, I do tend to prefer the results from film in many cases. While I sometimes I want the sharpness that digital gives me by default, I tend to subjectively prefer the organinc and sometimes imperfect look I get from my film shots. While this may sound odd, sometimes I find digital images look too perfect and almost “artificial”. As I say, it’s a subjective thing and personal preferrence though, and not that one is objectively better or worse than the other.

        It’s a little like how, while I use a Yashicamat 124G regularly to produce very nice, sharp 6×6 medium format images, sometimes I’ll use my Holga 120N. The Holga images are, by technical scrutiny, very poor in comparison. Aesthetically though they can be beautiful, precisely because of the low quality rendering that the plastic lens produces.

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