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IceShot Regular Member • Posts: 135
Digital or film? Can you tell?

This is just a fun experiment I wanted to try.. and if you don't think there is a point to it technically speaking, do it at least for my enjoyment lol.

Which pics do you think are film and which are digital? Some have been post processed with sharpening/cropping/resizing etc.

If you can tell one is film, can you also tell what type/brand?

http://imgur.com/a/81Nsb

gordonpritchard Senior Member • Posts: 1,910
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

They're all digital. Some from the original capture. Others from the scan of the analog original. As such they've all been processed digitally.

best, gordo

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IceShot OP Regular Member • Posts: 135
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

gordonpritchard wrote:

They're all digital. Some from the original capture. Others from the scan of the analog original. As such they've all been processed digitally.

best, gordo

Ok seriously no need for pedeantic technicality.

Which ones were originally shot on film?

amosf
amosf Contributing Member • Posts: 680
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

Would be difficult to know once the image is digitized. Maybe if it was an original print from negative...

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Hank3152 Forum Pro • Posts: 13,451
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

I'd venture to say they are all film since there is a soft quality about them.......  they lack the crisp detail and tack sharpness of digital

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coudet Veteran Member • Posts: 3,869
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

Hank3152 wrote:

I'd venture to say they are all film since there is a soft quality about them....... they lack the crisp detail and tack sharpness of digital

It's not really possible to tell, what detail they have, when looking at the websized photos. Those soft shots, obviously so, are simply cropped.

coudet Veteran Member • Posts: 3,869
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

amosf wrote:

Would be difficult to know once the image is digitized.

Nah, it's easy.

OP is just having fun here; don't take his trick question which is film, which is digital seriously.

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IceShot wrote:

This is just a fun experiment I wanted to try.. and if you don't think there is a point to it technically speaking, do it at least for my enjoyment lol.

I accept it was meant to be a fun posting but in all honesty, every shot exhibits so many technical faults (like totally blown highlights as one example) that there seems little point trying.

As a long-time film and digital user (and I taught the highest techiniqes for Colour and B+W) there should be little or no difference in the end printed results if produced by someone with the required expertise.

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IceShot OP Regular Member • Posts: 135
Re: Oh No - or Oh Yes!

Zone8 wrote:

IceShot wrote:

This is just a fun experiment I wanted to try.. and if you don't think there is a point to it technically speaking, do it at least for my enjoyment lol.

I accept it was meant to be a fun posting but in all honesty, every shot exhibits so many technical faults (like totally blown highlights as one example) that there seems little point trying.

As a long-time film and digital user (and I taught the highest techiniqes for Colour and B+W) there should be little or no difference in the end printed results if produced by someone with the required expertise.

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technical faults?... if you are into photography for technical reasons you're in it for the wrong ones.

IceShot OP Regular Member • Posts: 135
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IceShot OP Regular Member • Posts: 135
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

It's funny.. multiple people can't tell, so they resorted to just insulting my photography.

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Roberto de La Tour Regular Member • Posts: 244
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

IceShot wrote:

This is just a fun experiment I wanted to try.. and if you don't think there is a point to it technically speaking, do it at least for my enjoyment lol.

Which pics do you think are film and which are digital? Some have been post processed with sharpening/cropping/resizing etc.

If you can tell one is film, can you also tell what type/brand?

http://imgur.com/a/81Nsb

I am not sure. It's years and years I do first film (including B&W darkroom) then digital, but I am not experienced enough in digital PP and technique to tell. But one way would be, if the scan is very high resolution (and maybe if we are talking of 400 ASA film), crop/enlarge until you see the grain. You need very high scan resolution, because if not the pixelisation would appear before the grain.

Digital ones would just show pixelisation.

Not sure how to do that with these web-posted pictures.

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IceShot OP Regular Member • Posts: 135
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IceShot OP Regular Member • Posts: 135
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

Roberto de La Tour wrote:

IceShot wrote:

This is just a fun experiment I wanted to try.. and if you don't think there is a point to it technically speaking, do it at least for my enjoyment lol.

Which pics do you think are film and which are digital? Some have been post processed with sharpening/cropping/resizing etc.

If you can tell one is film, can you also tell what type/brand?

http://imgur.com/a/81Nsb

I am not sure. It's years and years I do first film (including B&W darkroom) then digital, but I am not experienced enough in digital PP and technique to tell. But one way would be, if the scan is very high resolution (and maybe if we are talking of 400 ASA film), crop/enlarge until you see the grain. You need very high scan resolution, because if not the pixelisation would appear before the grain.

Digital ones would just show pixelisation.

Not sure how to do that with these web-posted pictures.

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My upload speed is slow so I couldn't upload all high res, if there are a few you want to check out let me know and I'll upload full res

ZorSy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,408
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

IceShot wrote:

This is just a fun experiment I wanted to try.. and if you don't think there is a point to it technically speaking, do it at least for my enjoyment lol.

We are pleased you had so much fun, yet as other poster pointed, either is now digital.

Which pics do you think are film and which are digital? Some have been post processed with sharpening/cropping/resizing etc.

Right! Let's make things more confusing and introduce random variables..to prove what?

If you can tell one is film, can you also tell what type/brand?

And should we also guess what track from which album of what author you were listening when processing the scans done by guess-what-brand scanner? Get real man. If you want to prove something or have some statement to make, say it. This kind of childish games is utterly pointless.

I will tell you answers as soon as you guess how many matches are left in the red matchbox I have on my  desk.....I can send you the picture of the box, if that helps (though "red" already helps a lot).

You may have "Ice" in your forum name - that still doesn't make you "cool".

Cheers, mate. It was 44°C in Sydney today and that is hot!

http://imgur.com/a/81Nsb

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IceShot OP Regular Member • Posts: 135
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

ZorSy wrote:

IceShot wrote:

This is just a fun experiment I wanted to try.. and if you don't think there is a point to it technically speaking, do it at least for my enjoyment lol.

We are pleased you had so much fun, yet as other poster pointed, either is now digital.

Ok?? That really doesn't matter and it was obvious to anyone with a brain cell the idea was to distinguish which was shot by which.

Which pics do you think are film and which are digital? Some have been post processed with sharpening/cropping/resizing etc.

Right! Let's make things more confusing and introduce random variables..to prove what?

Not to prove anything, don't take it so seriously.

If you can tell one is film, can you also tell what type/brand?

And should we also guess what track from which album of what author you were listening when processing the scans done by guess-what-brand scanner? Get real man. If you want to prove something or have some statement to make, say it. This kind of childish games is utterly pointless.

I will tell you answers as soon as you guess how many matches are left in the red matchbox I have on my desk.....I can send you the picture of the box, if that helps (though "red" already helps a lot).

You may have "Ice" in your forum name - that still doesn't make you "cool".

Cheers, mate. It was 44°C in Sydney today and that is hot!

http://imgur.com/a/81Nsb

You take things too seriously.. It's pointless to YOU, not me. So if everything is pointless to YOU should nothing be posted as well?

And 4.

ZorSy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,408
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

IceShot wrote:

ZorSy wrote:

IceShot wrote:

This is just a fun experiment I wanted to try.. and if you don't think there is a point to it technically speaking, do it at least for my enjoyment lol.

We are pleased you had so much fun, yet as other poster pointed, either is now digital.

Ok?? That really doesn't matter and it was obvious to anyone with a brain cell the idea was to distinguish which was shot by which.

Which pics do you think are film and which are digital? Some have been post processed with sharpening/cropping/resizing etc.

Right! Let's make things more confusing and introduce random variables..to prove what?

Not to prove anything, don't take it so seriously.

If you can tell one is film, can you also tell what type/brand?

And should we also guess what track from which album of what author you were listening when processing the scans done by guess-what-brand scanner? Get real man. If you want to prove something or have some statement to make, say it. This kind of childish games is utterly pointless.

I will tell you answers as soon as you guess how many matches are left in the red matchbox I have on my desk.....I can send you the picture of the box, if that helps (though "red" already helps a lot).

You may have "Ice" in your forum name - that still doesn't make you "cool".

Cheers, mate. It was 44°C in Sydney today and that is hot!

http://imgur.com/a/81Nsb

You take things too seriously.. It's pointless to YOU, not me. So if everything is pointless to YOU should nothing be posted as well?

And 4.

Mate, you do have some problems yet this is no place to sort out your frustrations by barking at the people. And I'm not to first one in this tread to whom you've been quite rude just because you have some joke nobody else found funny. Trying to insult other posters for "not getting it" could mean the joke sucks, don't you think? And the insults are always taken seriously, bad joke is just a bad joke, light stuff. And, nor Agfa, Fuji or Kodak film produces 8 bit JPEG in sRGB - if you claim they do, then you may have missed the concept of film as medium.

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IceShot OP Regular Member • Posts: 135
Re: Digital or film? Can you tell?

ZorSy wrote:

IceShot wrote:

ZorSy wrote:

IceShot wrote:

This is just a fun experiment I wanted to try.. and if you don't think there is a point to it technically speaking, do it at least for my enjoyment lol.

We are pleased you had so much fun, yet as other poster pointed, either is now digital.

Ok?? That really doesn't matter and it was obvious to anyone with a brain cell the idea was to distinguish which was shot by which.

Which pics do you think are film and which are digital? Some have been post processed with sharpening/cropping/resizing etc.

Right! Let's make things more confusing and introduce random variables..to prove what?

Not to prove anything, don't take it so seriously.

If you can tell one is film, can you also tell what type/brand?

And should we also guess what track from which album of what author you were listening when processing the scans done by guess-what-brand scanner? Get real man. If you want to prove something or have some statement to make, say it. This kind of childish games is utterly pointless.

I will tell you answers as soon as you guess how many matches are left in the red matchbox I have on my desk.....I can send you the picture of the box, if that helps (though "red" already helps a lot).

You may have "Ice" in your forum name - that still doesn't make you "cool".

Cheers, mate. It was 44°C in Sydney today and that is hot!

http://imgur.com/a/81Nsb

You take things too seriously.. It's pointless to YOU, not me. So if everything is pointless to YOU should nothing be posted as well?

And 4.

Mate, you do have some problems yet this is no place to sort out your frustrations by barking at the people. And I'm not to first one in this tread to whom you've been quite rude just because you have some joke nobody else found funny. Trying to insult other posters for "not getting it" could mean the joke sucks, don't you think? And the insults are always taken seriously, bad joke is just a bad joke, light stuff. And, nor Agfa, Fuji or Kodak film produces 8 bit JPEG in sRGB - if you claim they do, then you may have missed the concept of film as medium.

Well someone deleted my last reply so you can imagine what it said. You take this too seriously. I never said it was a joke, YOU did. It's apparent that only threads YOU find amusing should be allowed on here. Leave the thread, no one is forcing you to read it. In case you didn't notice, the other people insulted ME for no reason first. If people don't get it, they don't have to. And what does 8 bit jpeg in srgb have to do with anything? It's obvious they are all digital NOW, but like you said originally you think that somehow is a crucial point. It isn't.

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