I scanned it at 7000 by 7000 pixels. While I don't see much increased detail vis a vis a scan at 3500 by 3500 I do see a much richer tonal distribution that makes the extra file size and time spent worthwhile.
My attention is immediately drawn to Lou's eyes. And that's where I want it to be. The next thing I notice (and like) is that her right arm (left side of the frame as you face it) and her dress on the opposite side of the frame are already out of focus in a very gentle yet obvious way.
I love the diagonals created by the crossed arms, the incline of her body and the tilt of her head. Purists will want to crop out her watch but I don't really want to. For some reason, maybe a need to have imperfections in the art, I think it adds a contrasting distraction that keeps your eye moving around the frame, looking for more clues.
I like the strong shadows on the sides of her arms and her face that are opposite the main light. Those occurred deliberately. My studio is painted all white. Without intervention the shadows get filled by the reflection from the white walls. I added black panels to kill the reflections and help enrich the shadows.
I like the contrasting effect of her lit face pushing into the darker area in the top left of the frame and the balance created by the lighter area of the background against the shadow side of her face.
I am most happy with the expression.
When I analyze the file from the scan I find a smoother tonal transition from dark to light than I did in the files from the two digital cameras. I also find that the hair seems more real and more detailed than it does in either of the other two files. None of them are technical "fails" and, to some extent, whether you like the files from one camera over the files from either of the other two files, none of them are bad or unusable. Like the swimming at the Olympic Trials some things are measure in 10th's or 100th's of a second...
The biggest difference in the files is in the rendering of out of focus areas and in the manner of the focus "fall-off." The Hasselblad is my favorite but then I also like anchovies.
If you want to see the differences you might open up two new windows on your browser and see them side by side. The Hasselblad 150mm (Zeiss Planar) is the oldest lens in my collection. It's a mid 1960's version. It still stands up well.
On an unrelated topic, send a little prayer out to the people in Colorado. They're living through the kind of heat wave and wildfire situation that we experienced last year. I can tell you that it's not fun. I hope they have relief soon.
We're having fun here this Summer. So far I've done more swimming than working. I'd like to be a little busier in the studio but I'm happy to have the time to work on my endurance.
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