Processing Film on an iPad

I finally got around to editing some of the pictures from my first roll of film through the Bronica. You can see the originals in the post Roll 1619. It seemed "natural" to open the images on my computer, and edit them in On1 Photo RAW, and in fact, I did. But then I got curious about the results of editing them on my iPad instead, so I thought I'd see what I could do with my favorite iPad photo app, Snapseed.

I was actually happier with the results I saw, on screen anyway, with the Snapseed-edited images than I was with the ones I did on the computer. For instance, let's take a look at the picture of the tree and the fence:

From left to right, the original flat scan, the image edited in On1 Photo RAW, and the image editied in Snapseed. With Snapseed, I was easily able to create a pseudo-HDR image that displays good detail in both shadows and the sky. I could get a great sky in On1 Photo RAW, but I couldn't get the level of detail I wanted in the shadows. I experienced similar results with most of the other images.

The street scene I shot in Frederick was easier to deal with in On1 Photo RAW. In this case, the Snapseed image is on the left. I got a little more "punch" and character with Snapseed, but I think that has more to do with the different screens than anything else.

In any case, even with the relatively low resolution scans (they're about 4800 pixels on each side, or 23MP), there's an incredible amount of detail in these images. At 100%, you can clearly read the license plate on the white car, and even make out the times on the "No Parking" sign.

I'm really pleased with the results of the first roll through the Bronica. I'm really looking forward to using it more and more in the future.