Sebastiao Salgado es mi héroe fotográfico. Le admiro profundamente. Su blanco y negro ha influido totalmente en mi forma de ver la fotografía y de revelarla.
Ahora Salgado tira en digital, tira en Raw pero sus revelados siguen siendo magníficos y ,que nadie se rasgue las vestiduras, mejor reveladas que en analógico.
No voy a decir más, observad el video, aunque es hablado en inglés se entiende todo si eres fotógrafo y amante de la naturaleza. Curiosamente Salgado tira en Canon digital y luego un laboratorio especializado de París se lo pasa a negativo de película , entonces lo revela y lo imprime.¡ NO sabe ni quiere usar Photoshop!
Aparentemente el equipo fotógrafico que usó Salgado para realizar Génesis fue:
Sebastião Salgado’s equipment
EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 1 DX
EF24mm f/1.4L II USM
EF35mm f/1.4L USM
EF50mm f/1.2 USM
EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF300mm f/4L IS USM
EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM
EF1.4x II Extender
Así cuenta su proceso técnico en inglés:
For the Genesis project Sebastião Salgado used medium format cameras but since 2008 he has been using Canon’s EOS-1Ds Mark III, adapted so he sees a 645 frame. He says he is astonished by the quality of the image files he is able to produce and that ‘going digital’ has not led to him taking more pictures. “I don’t look at the back of the camera after I take a picture. I only look [at the end of a day’s shoot] very quickly to see if there is a problem.”
After each trip he returned to his Paris office with around 10,000 pictures. He edits all of the images himself, but not on screen. In fact, he never uses a computer. He has contact sheets produced and edits with a loupe. He then produces his own small prints and edits again. The best images from each trip, around 100, are chosen and a physical negative is created by the Dupon photo lab in Paris.
They are then printed on 30x40cm silver paper and checked again, with a further negative being produced if necessary. “The negatives are so perfect that we can create a digital negative from the physical one and start the whole process again,” he reveals.
Por si queréis profundizar un amigo suyo aún precisa más:
He had used Leica at the beginning (both the legendary Leica M rangefinder and also the R6.2 SLR). When he was working on the previous project, “Africa”, he wanted to print big, so he switched to the medium format camera. He chose Pentax 645 because the low-contrast Pentax lens matched the characteristics of the Leica lens he used (he was probably using the earlier generation Leica lens and not the latest high-contrast sharp-as-tack ASPH generation).
For the current Genesis project, he needs to travel all over the world going through multiple countries and airports. His assistant would carry tens of pounds (I believe he said up to 50 pounds) of films, and being post 9-11, this got to be difficult as they requested hand checking of the film. He would carry documents from different agencies and a couple of times he had to call “people in high places” to straighten things out. With the 220 film, if it went through the X-Ray scanner more than 2-3 times, the quality degraded to less than 35mm level. So the assistant said they needed to do something about the situation.
One of his friends suggested that he try digital, which at first he resisted. However, he did try a medium format 645 back and was quite impressed by the quality. Since the medium format back setup was a bit large, he eventually settled on the Canon full frame (1Ds-something?). However, he still uses it like in the film days: his assistant makes contact sheets for him, and his camera is modified to give the same 645 ratio he is used to. He also has the images processed to look like Tri-X. For prints, a lab converts the data into a 645 negative and prints using traditional darkroom process!
He is excited by the promise of the new Leica S2, a camera system that is set to challenge medium format and full frame 35mm digital by having a sensor size bigger than 35mm and with 39 megapixel resolution, quality that will likely best any medium format digital with its peerless Leica glass, with better ergonomics to boot. He looks forward to possibly using Leica again.
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