I'm edging closer to starting my film-to-video transfers but the testing for the right exposure and focus has been testy. What appears to be sharp focus in the camera monitor has been slightly soft during playback on the computer. Finding and keeping the correct exposure has been uppermost in my mind. The other problem is that as advanced as the video resolution has gotten in recent years, it still does not capture the exact look of film. Nowhere is that more obvious than watching the screens on the film chain where you actually see the projected film image then looking at the computer monitor. The darker areas on the film suddenly become black and the highlights flare. So I'm forced to decide what's more important in the scene and set the exposure accordingly.
At present, I'm using 400 foot reels of film shot beginning in 1970 to do these tests. Since they are about 15 minutes or so in length, they give me time to do my futzing with the camera and computer settings. Below, you'll see a few stills grabbed from these old films taken during my Air Force days from 1972 to 1976. Like so many guys back then, my hair length was skirting the grooming regulations. Nobody at that time even considered piercings and any tattoos were strictly for the Navy.
Denim-clad Art in Frisco October 1975. Mike Eller from the Vandenberg Information Office is manning the camera.